TWU WINS FULL-TIME JOBS AT ALLEGIANT FOR HAWAII ATTENDANTS
(The following press release from the Transport Workers Union of America was received by e-mail and was reformatted. The sender verified the statement.)
*For immediate release, February 5, 2013*
*TWU Wins Full-Time Jobs at Allegiant for Hawaii Flight Attendants*
*Major win for union members as company *
*launches service this week from Honolulu *
*to Boise, Phoenix and Spokane*
*Honolulu* – TWU Local 577, representing more than 600 flight attendants at Allegiant Air, has helped secure full-time jobs for flight attendants in Honolulu, union officials said today.
“This is a big win for our members and a great way for Allegiant to provide top-quality service on its new routes to Hawaii,” said Debra Petersen-Barber, an Allegiant flight attendant and lead negotiator for TWU Local 577. “We’re looking forward to working with Allegiant to make sure all our customers have the best possible travel experience.”
The airline, which begins service to Honolulu this week from airports in Boise, Idaho, Phoenix/Mesa Arizona, and Spokane, Washington, had originally planned to service these and other Hawaii routes with part-time flight attendants based in Honolulu.
In October, Petersen-Barber wrote to Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie and U.S. senators and members of Congress from Hawaii. The letter questioned whether Allegiant’s planned use of so-called part-timers – for a route on which each flight lasted at least 14 hours – was a maneuver “to avoid providing health care benefits for flight attendants based in Hawaii.”
Hawaii law requires an employer to pay for health care benefits for all employees working more than 20 hours per week.
TWU also alerted the news media to Allegiant’s questionable use of part times, resulting in news stories in the Honolulu Star Advertiser<http://www.staradvertiser.com/s?action=login&f=y&id=171969001&id=1719 69001>, the Las Vegas Journal Review<http://www.lvrj.com/business/union-for-flight-attendants-takes-issue-with -allegiant-175753441.html>, the Las Vegas Sun<http://www.vegasinc.com/news/2012/nov/15/still-no-deal-between-allegiant-air -and-flight-att/>, the Stockton Record<http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121211/A_BIZ/121229 992/-1/A_NEWS13>, and Pacific Business News.
The airline has now reversed course and has hired full-time flight attendants, based in Honolulu, to fly current routes from California and Washington as well as the new routes launching this week from Boise, Phoenix/Mesa and Spokane.
“We’re excited to welcome new passengers and new cities to Allegiant’s Hawaii routes,” said Petersen-Barber. “And we’re especially excited that customer service on these flights will be in the hands of full-time flight attendants.”
A majority of flight attendants at Allegiant voted in favor of TWU representation in December 2010. Union members and company officials, with assistance from a federal mediator, are currently negotiating a first contract agreement.
*The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) represents 200,000 workers and retirees in commercial aviation, public transportation and passenger railroads, including 11,000 flight attendants. The union is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.*
*Contact: Jamie Horwitz, 202/549-4921; email@example.com*