Hawaiian Flight Attendants Overflow HNL to Protest for a New Contract

Hawaiian Flight Attendants Overflow HNL to Protest for a New Contract

June 26, 2019 — AFA Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants and labor allies demonstrated Wednesday at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) to protest protracted negotiations with Hawaiian Airlines management for a new contract.


Watch Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendant Josh Aoki's video of the event >

“Hawaiian Airlines is successful and growing, in large part due to previous sacrifices and persistent work of Flight Attendants on the front lines. Two years of negotiations is too long to negotiate a new contract that reflects our contributions and hard work,” said Sharon Soper, AFA Hawaiian President. “Flight Attendants turned out in force today on the picket line demonstrating our unity and resolve to fight for fair wages, better retirement security and continued job protections that define our work.”

Hawaii ranks among the highest cost of living for any U.S. state. Hawaiian Flight Attendant pay has fallen in comparison with the rest of the industry while the cost of living and medical expenses continue to rise. After twenty years of calm labor relations, Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants are taking their fight for a contract public.

“The opportunities for our airline and our state are extraordinary right now. Management needs to remove distractions and get serious about making Hawaiian everything it can be. That starts with negotiating a contract that gives those of us on the frontlines all we need to do our jobs and share in the profits we help create. We are done with delay tactics. Public protest will continue as we turn up the heat all summer long and until we get this done,” Soper said.

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