The Air Line Pilot Association (ALPA) said in a statement.Pilot leaders at Hawaiian Airlines will ask members to give them authority to strike if current negotiations break down and the federal government allows a walkout. According to ALPA, Hawaiian Airlines members are “fed up with management foot-dragging on a new contract while their airline is making record profits.” Last year, the airline confirmed a net profit of $182.6 million. Hawaiian MEC Chairman Hoon Lee said:
When we opened negotiations on a new contract a year ago, we thought negotiations would be simple because the airline was performing so well but our patience is at an end because HAL management seems determined to force the pilots at Hawaiian to continue to work under a substandard contract for as long as possible. We are frustrated and dismayed that management steadfastly refuses to share in its financial success when Hawaiian is recording the best revenues, stock price, and market capitalization in its history. We certainly want a contract, not a strike, but we will not stand by and watch while we fall further behind our peers at other airlines. This strike authorization vote will give us the means to take all legal actions to attain the goal of a fair, market-rate contract if management forces us down that road.
The ALPA said that the strike ballot will begin today and end on May 17th.