(Las Vegas, NV) — Members of TWU Local 577, representing more than 600 flight attendants at Allegiant Air, are keeping the heat on the company with a mobile billboard at an airline analyst forum hosted by the company in Las Vegas Thursday.
A majority of Allegiant flight attendants voted for union representation in December 2010. A bargaining committee elected by Allegiant workers, with backing from TWU, has been meeting with company officials since June of 2011 but has been unable to reach a first contract agreement.
The parties began meeting with a federal mediator earlier this week in Las Vegas.
Last month, Allegiant flight attendants wrote to members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate from Hawaii,asking for an investigation of the company’s plan to classify flight attendants serving the island as “part-time” employees to avoid providing company benefits. A flight to the Hawaii from the mainland typically requires a 14-hour work day.
Union members are questioning whether the company is using the “part-time” designation to avoid compliance with Hawaii’s landmark health-care law, which requires employers to provide health insurance for employees working 20 hours or more per week.
The mobile billboard will be in circulation Thursday, from 7 am to 1 pm at Allegiant headquarters, 8360 South Durango in Las Vegas.