Federal judge bars Allegiant Air pilots from going on strike

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge in Las Vegas has issued an order barring Allegiant Air pilots from going on strike while mediation is under way in their labor dispute.

Judge Andrew Gordon ruled Friday that International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1224 can’t strike in order to gain leverage over the airline while both sides are in mediation under federal law.

The union argued that it is allowed to strike because the company had not obeyed a court order to restore work rules in its pilot-labor contract.

Allegiant, which is based in Las Vegas, says in a statement that the order will prevent disruption of travel for thousands of passengers.

Messages were left Saturday seeking comment from the union and its attorneys.