Allegiant flight attendants sign first contract

The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) Local 577 voted recently to ratify a five-year contract with Allegiant Air after six years of negotiations, making the contract is a first for the airline’s flight attendants.

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More than 95 percent of the membership voted with 70 percent ratifying the contract.

“The rank and file flight attendants and the TWU leadership were determined to win a solid contract from Allegiant Air,” John Samuelsen, the union’s international president, said. “Together, we launched a strategic campaign against the company that bore fruit quickly. These members should be very proud for standing up to Allegiant and taking control of their own destiny.”

The contract includes a 33 percent pay raise, increased training pay, increased per diems while on duty, compensation during long delays, sick leave, vacation time, furlough protections, part-time workers, potential mergers protections, and grievance procedures.

The contract affects the airline’s more than 1,100 flight attendants.

In September 2016, a tentative agreement was not ratified.

Scott Allard, chief information officer and executive vice president at Allegiant Air’s parent company, Allegiant Travel Company, will resign from his position effective Sunday, the company said.

Robert Wilson, senior vice president of information systems, will fill the position until a permanent replacement is selected.