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13th Feb 2017, 23:23
Hawaiian Airlines Pilots Reach Tentative Contract Agreement with Management
Source: ALPA
Pilot leaders at Hawaiian Airlines have endorsed a tentative agreement on a five year, three-month contract with significant pay raises, work rule improvements and retiree health care protections. Membership voting on the agreement will begin next month.

Hawaiian’s tentative agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l. (ALPA) includes pay rates backdated to September 2015 that will immediately increase pay for the airline’s 665 pilots from 20 to 45 percent. By the end of the contract in 2022, rates will have increased by 36 percent to 86 percent depending on an individual pilot’s seat, years of service, and aircraft type.

ALPA’s goal from the beginning of negotiations was to attain a market-rate agreement that brought the Hawaiian pilots into line with their professional peers that fly similar aircraft and routes.

“We have achieved pay that is within reach of Delta and United, and comparable to FedEx and American. Our pay will never lag far behind others again,” ALPA’s Hawaiian Master Executive Council (MEC) said in a message to pilots.

Hawaiian had been in negotiations with ALPA for two years, and the pilot contract became amendable in September 2015. The two sides had been talking directly for the past few weeks to explore pathways to a new agreement after federal mediation had ceased. The airline had its most profitable year ever in 2016 and its stock is near its all-time high.

Union leaders will hold a series of membership meetings in Honolulu, Seattle and Los Angeles beginning February 15 to explain the tentative agreement to pilots. The pilots will begin ratification voting on the tentative agreement March 6 and voting will close on March 24. A simple majority is required to ratify the contract.

14th Feb 2017, 04:37
It will be interesting to see how the future pans out for Hawaiian. They are regarded as a 'lower' cost carrier and heavily reliant on the leisure customer. They have expanded aggressively in recent years. They do not have the higher yield traffic that Delta and United enjoy yet their pilot salaries are within reach.

I guess the cabin crew will be next, then ground workers.

Hawaiian filed for Chapter 11 protection in 1993 and again in 2003. I am willing to take bets on HA filing for Chapter 11 again before 2020.