Mon, Jan 18, 2010
Agreement Improves Pay, Retirement And Scheduling
Hawaiian Airlines pilots represented by ALPA have ratified a
tentative contract agreement, the latest sign that the airline
industry and the piloting profession are recovering from the
bankruptcy doldrums of the past decade.
Ninety percent of the HAL pilots eligible to vote cast ballots,
with 83 percent of the group voting in favor of the agreement
– a more than four-to-one margin.
“This contract is a win-win for our members as well as the
airline,” said Capt. Eric Sampson, chairman of ALPA’s
HAL Master Executive Council. “It rewards our pilots for
their repeated sacrifices over the years on behalf of Hawaiian, and
positions our company for future success well into this new decade.
We’re looking forward to working with management to upgrade
our fleet and expand our aloha spirit across the Pacific, and we
would like to thank the people of Hawaii for their strong support
during our lengthy negotiations.”
The 68-month agreement will give pilots pay increases of between
four and six percent immediately, and total increases of between 15
and 22 percent over the term of the contract.
The agreement also increases the company contribution to the
pilots’ retirement plans, provides HAL management more
flexibility in pilot training and scheduling, and allows Hawaiian
to acquire or code share with a turboprop feeder airline, provided
the feeder carrier does not compete with HAL’s existing
inter-island turbojet operation.
ALPA’s previous contract with Hawaiian was ratified in
2005 to help the airline emerge from bankruptcy. It became
amendable on June 30, 2007 and the pilots have been in negotiations
for almost three years.
“The substantial gains in this contract confirm the
favorable patterns for pay, benefits and work rules that are long
overdue for pilots,” said ALPA President Capt. John Prater.
“The Hawaiian agreement is a success story that proves a
strong and unified pilot group working together can take charge of
their destiny and move both themselves and their airline forward.
ALPA sincerely appreciates the valuable assistance provided by the
National Mediation Board in reaching a settlement.”
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