UPDATE: A federal judge in Nevada has issued a temporary restraining order against the Allegiant Air pilots union. This should avert the strike tentatively scheduled for tomorrow. But we shall see what happens.
ORGINAL POST: Today's big news is that Allegiant Air pilots are preparing to strike. They have said they are planing to walk off the job on Thursday, which could force the airline to cancel more than 350 flights at a cost, in overall revenue, of roughly $7.7 million.
The airline has gone to federal court in Las Vegas to try to block the strike. One of the airline's exhibits is a copy of the union's recommendations to pilots. No one knows how long the strike will last - if it actually happens - but the union has asked pilots to prepare for the long-haul.
Here are the unions' recommendations, according to the court exhibit:
General Instructions Stay Tuned: The strike announcement, although swift, will come with ample time to ensure all members are notified. It's imperative and incumbent upon each and every one of us to stay WHIM. Professionals VERY closely connected in the coming days. There will be a number of methods communicating the strike to you. These include verifiable (recipient acknowledged) SMS texting, email, and this Teamsters Local 1224 website. Worst case, as a final net, we will have pilots posted at every base ensuring pilots reporting to work are aware of the strike status. Don't be that pilot who claims he "...didn't get the message".
Prepare yourself Mentally: No one enjoys the prospect of a strike. Like the painful decision of referring a child for rehab, there are times when decisive action is necessary
Prepare yourself financially: Have funds set aside for 4-6 months, borrow against your 401K, if necessary. Whatever you do, do NOT allow finances to force a career ending choice of crossing a picket line.
Prepare your family to help you strike: Sit down with them and explain the reasons and long-term rationale for a strike. It's important that they be completely informed and engaged in the process for them to be on board with the decision. Take the time to have your spouses meet and talk with other families. If there are questions you can't answer, contact your reps for discussion with family members. It might be also be helpful to review the history of our profession to show family that our career is the result of the pilots who came before us, fighting back against management who would change our profession. It is now our turn.
Reduce your communications to other work groups: As we've already seen, management will pit other labor groups against the pilots as a means to weaken their resolve.
Increase your communications to your pilot brother and sisters: Strength in numbers, banding together and reassuring fellow pilots is essential during an ongoing strike.
Volunteer to help with any strike specific Jobs: Picket Captain, leafleting, gate monitoring, family awareness gatherings, etc.: There is a tremendous amount of work to be done and committees can't go it alone. If asked, please step up and volunteer. We're not looking for experts as none of us are
Aid your fellow pilot if they are struggling with striking: Be there for them; when your turn comes—and it will, they will be there for you. We are brothers and sisters, unified and engaged in the fight of our careers; look around, you will see others struggling, don't wait to be asked During these stressful times feelings of "flight" or just wanting this whole thing to end are normal. It is helpful to speak to your fellow pilots to remember that we have made every effort to resolve these disputes though less aggressive means. Management will have left us no choice.
Hope for no strike but prepare for a long one: As the motto applied with Strategic Air Command, "Peace Through Deterrence", it applies to us. Being seen as helpless is what got us to this point; our preparations and execution will ensure we will never be seen that way again.
Plan to work until your told that the union is indeed on strike: Be professional, look and act the part