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Flight Dispatchers at Allegiant Air Vote to Join Teamsters

(Washington, D.C.) – Flight dispatchers at Allegiant Air have voted to join Teamsters Local 986, the Teamsters Airline Division announced today. There are 21 dispatchers in the bargaining unit and the vote was 15 to 5.

The flight dispatchers at Allegiant, subsidiary of Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company, are joining approximately 350 Allegiant pilots who voted to join the Teamsters in August 2012. Dispatchers want fair treatment, a strong voice on the job, and the security of a Teamster contract.

“This vote for the Teamsters is another great victory for employees at Allegiant Air,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “We are thrilled that flight dispatchers have elected to stand together along with the pilots and we look forward to helping them build a better future at Allegiant.”

“We are excited to have the Teamsters with us to negotiate a strong, fair contract and to make Allegiant more of a career airline for dispatchers,” said Brian Moyer, an Allegiant dispatcher who was active in the organizing effort. “This has been a year-long effort, but we saw what the pilots did and it motivated us to make the final push to become Teamsters.”

“The Airline Division and Teamsters Local 986 welcome our new brothers and sisters to the Teamster family,” said Clacy Griswold, Airline Division Coordinator of Local 986 and International Representative of the Airline Division. “We’re proud of the dedication and solidarity of the Allegiant flight dispatchers and we look forward to providing them with first class representation. I also want to thank Organizer Ron Seamans, Jr. and the Organizing Committee for doing such excellent work in a short period of time.”

Teamsters Local 986 represents airline workers employed by Air Canada, Allegiant Air, Aloha Air Cargo, Continental Airlines, Continental Micronesia, Horizon Airways, Trans Air, United Airlines, US Airways, and World Airways.

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