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Airline Division News, Week Ending February 7, 2015

Allegiant Air Dispatchers Negotiations Update

The Allegiant Air Negotiations Committee met with the company for contract negotiations Tuesday and Wednesday, restarting negotiations with Attorney Lilia Bell and the newly-assigned Ford Harrison lead negotiator. In addition to devoting time to the preparation of contract sections for proposals to the company, on Tuesday they passed opening proposals on Section 5 (Seniority), and Section 19 (Management Rights).

The company passed counter proposals on Section 5 (Travel Expenses), and Section 13 (Safety and Health).

On Wednesday they passed an opening proposal on Section 11 (Filling of Vacancies), and counter proposals on Section 5 (Travel Expenses) and Section 13 (Safety and Health). The parties tentatively agreed to Section 13 (Safety and Health). The company passed counter proposals on Section 10 (Training and Section Management Rights).

The next negotiating session is tentatively scheduled for the last week of April.

Airline Industry News

Governmental and Regulatory

Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., has sponsored the Gerardo Hernandez Airport Security Act, which would require the Department of Homeland Security to improve communication and security at U.S. airports.

President Barack Obama's proposed budget includes $8.8 million designated to improve Federal Aviation Administration security. In September 2014, an intentionally set fire at an air-traffic control center in Aurora, Ill., disrupted thousands of flights and cost airlines an estimated $350 million.

Airlines, Industry and Labor

After its 2010 merger, United Airlines is considering streamlining its pilot-training centers in Denver and Houston. The carrier could also move pilot training to its headquarters in Chicago.

Both of TransAsia Airways flight GE235’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M engines stopped producing thrust during the brief flight of the ATR 72-600, investigators said.