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Hawaiian Airlines pilots to open strike authorization voting


Hawaiian Airlines Pilots to Open Strike Authorization Voting, Conduct Informational Picketing in Honolulu

HONOLULU — Frustrated by slow progress after the latest round of federal mediation, Hawaiian Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), will launch a strike authorization vote and conduct informational picketing at the interisland terminal of Honolulu International Airport tomorrow.

When: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. -6 p.m.

Where: Interisland Terminal, Honolulu International Airport

Why: ALPA and Hawaiian management spent four days last week with federal mediators in Washington, DC. While progress was made, Hawaiian management still insists that any salary increases over 1 percent, or other contract gains, be paid for by pilots making offsetting concessions elsewhere in the contract. Based on the airline’s outstanding financial performance and the record bonuses management received last year, this lack of substantial movement has forced the pilots to call for a strike authorization vote.

The strike authorization vote does not mean the pilots will go on strike. But a positive vote from the pilot membership would authorize union leaders to call for a strike later if the federal government gave ALPA the legal go-ahead to conduct self-help action. Strike voting begins Tuesday, Aug. 25 and closes Thursday, Sept. 10.

ALPA is the bargaining representative for the more than 400 pilots at Hawaiian Airlines. Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilots union, representing nearly 54,000 pilots at 36 airlines in the United States and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at

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