August 7, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
St. Petersburg, FL – More than three years after they voted to join the Teamsters, pilots at Allegiant Air have ratified their first union contract with the budget airline. The agreement with the Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1224, went into effect Aug. 1, after more than 85% of the pilots voted yes.
The five-year deal will give the pilots immediate raises of up to 31%, better health insurance, more job security, and up to four weeks of paid vacation. The airline also agreed to increase its contributions to the pilots’ retirement savings plan, improve the scheduling system, and fully participate in Federal Aviation Administration safety programs. “Together, we've achieved something that few in our industry thought was possible,” said Allegiant captain and executive council chairman Cameron Graff. “But we knew that by sticking together, we could win a contract that raises standards for our industry and gives our families the stability we need.” Read more