Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Why Allegiant Matters
So if you may think the Allegiant (potential) strike doesn't effect you, and you'd be wrong. In this industry (as someone said) nothing happens in a vacuum. Whatever happens to Allegiant will indirectly effect you at your company. For instance dh's' airline is starting (soon) contract negations no doubt that since Allegiants pay and benefits are substandard they will use them as a comparison of a competitors airline's pay and benefits. This is not helpful to dh's contract negotiations, or any other airline, as the lowest common denominator always drags down the average. This is why everyone should be behind a pilot group when they strike.
What is Allegiant striking for? Well the recent one that is going to court on Friday is what is called a "Status Quo" strike. Right now Allegiant pilots are just trying to get the company to honor the work rules they have, "to maintain status quo" The judge ruled last year that the company had to maintain status quo and put things back they way they were (scheduling, and disability were the big issues) but so far the company hasn't, hence the strike for "Status Quo." Yes Allegiant does have to follow the RLA (Railroad Labor Act) and no, no airline has ever struck for status quo, but railroad workers have, so it's not an illegal strike. It would however be a first for the airline industry. Why has no airline ever struck for status quo? Because no airline management has every been greedy or ignorant enough to not follow the work rules they agreed to, to the extent that Allegiant has. So if you see an Allegiant pilot give them your support!