Allegiant Air files suit against pilot union to block possible strike

Allegiant Air is taking legal action against its pilots union. Photo: Allegiant Air. 

Allegiant Air is taking legal action against its pilots union. Photo: Allegiant Air. 

Allegiant Air filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court in Las Vegas in an attempt to stop what the company believes could be an illegal strike by the airline's pilot union. 

I've filed a piece with analysis for Aviation Week, so I'm afraid to get my take on the suit, you'll have to subscribe. But if you're wondering about the backstory of what's happening, you might check out a Las Vegas Review-Journal story published Monday. The story does not include news of the lawsuit, but it does a good job of telling why relations between the airline and the company are so nasty. Pilots formed the union more than two years ago, but they say the airline isn't negotiating in good faith on a new contract. 

In an emailed statement to me, the union President Daniel Wells said he was disappointed the airline decided to sue. 

"Allegiant executives would rather sue their pilots than reinstate pilot benefits. Instead of pursuing more legal maneuvers, Allegiant should invest in improving operations and restoring benefits and protections illegally taken from the pilots. Going on strike is a last resort, but unfortunately may become necessary.” 

I am not sure if we have any legal junkies here. But if we do, I'm embedding Allegiant's lawsuit below. Do you see anything interesting?