Allegiant Air, which serves Stockton, is locked in a battle with its flight attendants over a union contract.
The attendants unionized a while back. But they have not succeeded in negotiating their first contract with Allegiant.
As part of its campaign to win hearts and minds — and to embarrass the heck out of Allegiant — the Transport Workers Union Local 577 sent out an “Allegiant Delay Survival Kit.”
The “delay” alludes to the nightmarish, 26-hour delay of an Allegiant flight out of Stockton in November, shortly after Allegiant inaugurated flights to Hawaii.
The kit includes:
—An “all day airplane sucker.”
—A Lei “for your de-lei.”
—And the above souvenir t-shirt. It reads, “I flew Allegiant to Hawaii and all I got was a lousy 52-hour delay.”
The discrepancy between the delay time we reported and the union’s figure I cannot reconcile. But I can say two things. First, it is refreshing to see a union using its wits in this clever way. Attempting merely to embarass your employer with true information is much fairer play than, say, coal strikes in West Virginia, which deploy everything from jackrocks to dynamite.
Second — speaking personally — I’m grateful Allegiant serves Stockton’s airport. I enjoyed a great, affordable vacation to Palm Springs when they had flights there; thousand of Stocktonians enjoy trips to Vegas; and the Hawaii flights are welcome, too, if not the horrendous delay. But that was, after all, an exception.
Wonder what the union will come up with next.