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Teamster, Allegiant air pilots approve historic first contract

Posted at 6:07 PM, Jul 28, 2016
After more than three years of bargaining, Allegiant Air pilots, represented by Teamsters Local 1224 ratified their first union contract with the airline on Thursday.
 
With substantial improvements in compensation, benefits, and scheduling, the contract is a major victory for the pilots who have been working tirelessly to raise standards at the low-cost carrier. Pilots will immediately receive up to 31 percent pay increases, high-quality health insurance and greater job security.
 
This union agreement gives pilots full job protections of a contract, a critical component to a safe working environment and airline. This will include full participation in critical FAA safety programs. 
 
Other contract highlights include immediate raises for all pilots, a 150 percent increase in the company’s 401(k) matching contribution, up to four weeks of paid vacation, an improved scheduling system and the ability for pilots to fund their union and defend their contract through a dispute resolution process.
 
More than 85 percent of voting Allegiant pilots voted to ratify the contract through anonymous ballots between mid-July and July 28.