May 10, 2005
Hawaiian Airlines Pilots Approve New Work Agreement
HONOLULU, HAWAII - Hawaiian Airlines pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International today announced that they have ratified a new work agreement with the airline that includes a 1 percent pay increase in each year of the plan, increased per diem and miscellaneous work rule improvements.
Pilot leaders at Hawaiian had endorsed the agreement on April 28. Of the 258 pilots who voted, 189 (73%) voted in favor of the agreement, and 69 (27%) voted against it. A total of 92% of eligible HAL pilots voted in the ratification ballot.
Captain Kirk McBride, chairman of ALPA's HAL Master Executive Council, said the new work agreement achieves the union's top goals of protecting pilots' retirement security and other benefits, while laying the groundwork for future post-bankruptcy negotiations on retirement and medical benefits.
"This was a tough decision for our membership to make since we think that the Trustee misused Section 1113 of the Bankruptcy Code to achieve management's objectives and we're angry about that," McBride said. "But HAL pilots bargained long and hard for an acceptable contract to have a say in our own future rather than turning that decision over to the Judge. We're going to continue to work together just as hard over the next two years to negotiate an acceptable replacement retirement plan and new amended contract in 2007."
"Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of all Hawaiian's employees, we now believe our airline can build on the success of the past two years. We're proud of the role that pilots and other employees played helping our company emerge from bankruptcy stronger and ready to compete," McBride added.
The new work agreement will go into effect on June 1, 2005. It becomes amendable on July 1, 2007, with both parties able to exchange new contract openers on Jan. 1, 2007. In September of this year, the parties will begin meetings to continue discussions on pilot retirement benefits.
Headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaiian Airlines is the nation's 12th-largest carrier, with 135 daily flights flown by 300 pilots who operate a fleet of B-717 and B-767 aircraft.
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world's largest pilot union and represents 64,000 airline pilots at 41 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org.
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ALPA CONTACT: Capt. Kirk McBride, (808) 836-2572
Tammy Sumida, Joan Bennet and Associates, Inc. (808) 228-2996