"It's unfortunate the union would utilize an unlawful strike threat during the peak summer travel season for what is ultimately considered a 'minor dispute' under the RLA. Our customers look forward to long-planned vacations and the IBT's unnecessary actions have resulted in many of our customers thinking their travel plans are at risk," said
The current collective bargaining agreement between IBT and Allegiant calls for an agreement on the software requirements for a preferential bidding system, which schedules pilots for flying by taking into consideration their personal preferences for such elements as days of week and times of day they like to fly – and ranks those preferences by seniority. The IBT's selected
"The preferential bidding system, in its current form, doesn't support the CBA as agreed upon by the company and the IBT," said Sheldon. "The company has already committed a significant amount of time and resources to fulfilling our obligation under the CBA by customizing the
Allegiant pilots scheduled for flying duty currently work an average of 58 hours per month, with an average of 14 days off per month. In addition, Allegiant flies a unique "out-and-back" system where pilots return to their home base after each day of flying, and only rarely have an overnight away from home.
"We are in the process of customizing our SmartPref bidding software to meet the submitted requirements of Allegiant's pilots," said
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