Judge Blocks Strike|by Air Allegiant Pilots


LAS VEGAS (CN) – Allegiant Air pilots will not go on strike, at least until April 10, a federal judge ordered Wednesday.
     U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro temporarily restrained Teamsters Airline Division Local 1224 and Allegiant pilots from striking or carrying out a work slowdown.
     Allegiant Air sued the Teamsters on Monday to try to fend off the strike .
     In its motion for a temporary restraining order, Allegiant said the union “has in fact called a strike, through its text message system, to begin on the morning of April 2, 2015,” and that “unless the strike is enjoined by early afternoon on April 1, 2015, Allegiant will have to alert its passengers to the strike and let them know that their flights will be canceled.”
     Allegiant said a strike would cost it $7.7 million a day and leave many passengers stranded.
     The restraining order prevents Allegiant pilots and the union “from engaging in, encouraging, or calling an unlawful strike against Allegiant by its pilots in violation of the defendants’ duties under the Railway Labor Act.”
     The restraining order is effective until Navarro holds a hearing on April 10, on Allegiant’s request for a preliminary injunction.
     Allegiant pilots in January voted in favor of striking if necessary.

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