Hawaiian Airlines pilots seek federal mediator in contract talks

09/18/2008 | American City Business Journals

Pilots for Hawaiian Airlines have filed for help from the National Mediation Board after 18 months of negotiations on a new contract. The Air Line Pilots Association says Hawaiian is refusing to grant reasonable wage hikes despite turning a "significant" profit. The airline counters that its operations are barely breaking even, and the $54 million profit reported in the second quarter was due to a settlement in a lawsuit with Mesa Air Group. With fuel costs up by $100 million this year, Hawaiian says it will grant only those pay raises that do not put the company at a "competitive disadvantage."

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