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Spirit Pilots Declining to Work Overtime

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Spirit Airlines has had to cancel or delay 15% of flights in the last month due to a lack of pilots, according to the airline. Cancellations this week thrust the years-long contract negotiation between ultra-low cost carrier and the pilots' union into the public eye when a small number of angry passengers started a brawl after threatening Spirit employees. The airline asserts the lack of aircrews is due to organized action by pilots to not pick up voluntary overtime assignments. Spirit in a public statement: "We believe this is the result of intimidation tactics by a limited number of our pilots affecting the behavior of the larger group." U.S. labor laws do not permit employees in critical service public functions, such as airline pilots, to go on strike or participate in work slowdowns.

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