Earlier this year, an appellate court had ruled that, pursuant to the Railway Labor Act (RLA), the management at Allegiant, a low cost carrier airline, had to maintain the “status quo” while negotiating a new contract with its pilots. The pilots of Allegiant are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters),
Yesterday, the airline announced that it had prevailed in its appeal of that decision before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The unanimous appellate court decision held that the lower court erred in its finding against Allegiant.
According to a press release, “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’ negotiations. The appellate court concluded that Allegiant has no obligation to maintain the status quo under the RLA during its negotiations with the Teamsters.”
It vacated the injunction and remanded the case to “permit the Teamsters and Allegiant to continue negotiating a collective bargaining agreement in conformity with the RLA and under the [National Mediation] Board’s guidance.”
“We are pleased with the Court’s ruling and look forward to directing our time and energy to the negotiating table to continue working toward a contract that will be beneficial to both our pilots and the company,” said Steve Harfst, Allegiant’s chief operating officer.