BigTravelNews.info - Dec 26,2010 - Flight attendants at Allegiant Airlines voted in favor of representation by the Transport Workers Union, the union said.
The vote - with 62% in favor of representation - marks the first time flight attendants have voted in favor of a union under the new federal rules that call for a simple majority decision in airline and railroad union representation elections.
It's also the first worker group of the airline, a subsidiary of Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Co., to seek union representation, notes the Las Vegas Sun.
"Allegiant is a good place to work, and now it's going to get better," said Kristi Cohen, an Allegiant flight attendant, in a statement. "Now we've got a voice on the job. Once we can negotiate about our schedules, work rules, and other issues, we'll be full partners in growing the business."
They will join the more than 9,400 Southwest Airlines' flight attendants who are represented by TWU.
Allegiant flight dispatchers, who also have petitioned for TWU representation, are in the process of voting and their balloting will conclude on Jan. 24.
"Allegiant respects the right of the flight attendant group to elect third-party representation and we will work with the TWU to the best interests of both our employees and the Company," Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., Allegiant's CEO and Chairman, said in a statement. "Contract negotiations can be a lengthy process and we do not anticipate any disruptions to our business or operations."
In December 2006, Allegiant flight attendants voted against representation by the Association Flight Attendants-CWA.