June 12, 2015 - Allegiant Air, a low-cost
airline owned by Allegiant Travel Co. on Tuesday
prevailed before the United States Court of
Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in its appeal of a
lower court ruling which had prohibited the
Company from changing the terms and conditions
of employment for its pilots.
The unanimous appellate court decision held that
the lower court erred in finding that Allegiant
had to maintain the "status quo" while it
negotiates a contract with the pilots'
representative, the International Brotherhood of
Teamsters (Teamsters), pursuant to the Railway
Labor Act (RLA).
The Teamsters was elected to represent
Allegiant's pilots in August 2012. In late 2013,
the Teamsters sued the Company, claiming the
Company had violated the RLA's "status quo"
requirements by allegedly making changes to
established pilot work rules during the parties'