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 donâ€™t result in a new collective bargaining agreement for the unionâ€™s 400 members.
â€œThis vote should be a wake-up call to Hawaiian Airlines management,â€ said Capt. Eric Sampson, chairman of the ALPA unit at Hawaiian Airlines. â€œThere has never been a strike in the 80-year history of our airline, and we donâ€™t want one now.
But if thatâ€™s what it takes to win a fair and reasonable contract, our pilots have told us loud and clear that theyâ€™re ready to take that final step.â€ In response to the unionâ€™s announcement, the airline, a unit of Hawaiian Holdings Inc., issued a two-sentence statement: â€œThis vote has no effect on Hawaiianâ€™s operations. Progress has been made in negotiations and another round of mediated discussions is scheduled for October.â€