We have received some questions from our guests about our contract negotiations with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), who represents Hawaiian's pilots. These negotiations have increasingly been in the news, and we wanted to address the concerns we've heard from you about your travel.
At the moment, we are actively engaged in mediation with our pilots, so there's not much news. But we'll keep this page updated, so check back for the latest information we can share.
What is the status of your negotiations?
Hawaiian Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association are in active mediation. Both sides agreed to open talks in March 2015 (three months before the contract’s amendable date) and both agreed to enter into mediation in December 2015. The company’s last proffer, in November 2016, proposed substantial wage increases. Hawaiian continues to work toward reaching an agreement that provides pilots with employment terms that meet the “industry standard” while recognizing Hawaiian’s position among its competitors.
Are your pilots going to strike anytime soon?
Negotiations between Hawaiian and all of its unions are governed under the Railway Labor Act, which specifies a number of steps the company and union must take before a strike can occur. The process is overseen by the National Mediation Board. At the moment, we're following that process and there are several steps that would have to happen before a strike could be foreseen. The process is designed to maximize the chances that both parties reach agreement, which we hope is what happens.
How does the negotiation process work?
Labor negotiations between Hawaiian and all five of our organized work groups (including pilots) are governed by the Railway Labor Act. Under the oversight of the National Mediation Board (NMB), we go through a structured process intended to get both parties to agreement. You can find a good overview of the process here at RailwayLaborAct.com. We're presently in mediation.
What is Hawaiian's position on the negotiation?
The company deeply values the contribution of pilots to our business. They are colleagues and part of our 'ohana (family). We are working toward an agreement that provides employment terms that are competitive with the market while recognizing Hawaiian's unique position among airlines. Hawaiian Airlines is unique in the airline industry. We fly a mix of very long flights to North America and international gateways and very short flights between our islands, all of which touch Hawaii at one or both ends of the route. That is why we call ourselves a "destination carrier." This unique network means our mix of passengers and business model are different from other U.S. airlines. We are committed to reaching an agreement with our pilots that recognizes their value, provides a substantial increase in wages, and also acknowledges the differences between Hawaiian and other airlines.