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HAWAIIAN AIRLINES PILOTS AUTHORIZE STRIKE

walkout is imminent.
The Hawaiian Airlines branch of the Air Line Pilots Association said yesterday that 98 percent of the pilots who voted authorized a strike if contract talks don’t result in a new collective bargaining agreement for the union’s 400 members.

“This vote should be a wake-up call to Hawaiian Airlines management,” said Capt. Eric Sampson, chairman of the ALPA unit at Hawaiian Airlines. “There has never been a strike in the 80-year history of our airline, and we don’t want one now.
But if that’s what it takes to win a fair and reasonable contract, our pilots have told us loud and clear that they’re ready to take that final step.” In response to the union’s announcement, the airline, a unit of Hawaiian Holdings Inc., issued a two-sentence statement: “This vote has no effect on Hawaiian’s operations. Progress has been made in negotiations and another round of mediated discussions is scheduled for October.”
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