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Allegiant Air pilots authorised to strike

tThe results from a ten day voting period for Allegiant Air pilots, represented by the Airline Professionals Association (APA) Teamsters Local 1224, saw 98% of those who took part vote "Yes" to authorise the union to call a strike if necessary.t
tThe union claims the 465-8 result stems from deadlock in negotiations after Allegiant Air's failure to abide by a July 2014 federal court injunction directing Allegiant Air to restore the pilots' work rule protections and benefits to previously negotiated levels.t
t“This does not mean that a strike is going to happen tomorrow or even next week. It does, however, mean that the situation is fluid,” noted president of APA Teamsters Local 1224, Daniel Wells. “No one wants to strike. We would rather be able to make some real progress in direct negotiations. However, the pilots haven't seen any real progress in over two years.”t
tThe union now intends to seek a proffer from the National Mediation Board (NMB) under the Railway Labor Act's dispute provisions. Once this has been completed, the pilots would be free to conduct a legal strike in the near future.t
tTeamster pilots with Allegiant Air have already conducted informational picketing at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, Fort Lauderdale International Airport in Florida and Allegiant Air corporate headquarters in Las Vegas, to make the public aware of their fight.t

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