HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A strike could be on the horizon for Hawaiian Airlines as pilot leaders are fed up with management's pace on a new contract while the company is making record profits.
The pilot leaders at Hawaiian Airlines will ask their members to give them the authority to go on strike if negotiations break down and the federal government authorizes a walkout.
The Air Line Pilots Association's Hawaiian Airlines Master Executive Council unanimously voted to start a strike authorization ballot. The group also made a request to authorize a $2 million grant to help pay for pre-strike preparation and other logistical support.
Negotiations over the pilots' five-year contract have been going on for more than a year. Pilots will vote on the strike from Monday through May 17.