By MARINA STARLEAF RIKER
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaiian Airlines pilots are planning to hold at picket at Honolulu International Airport after they voted to allow union representatives to call for a strike if the federal government allows it.
Union spokesman Rusty Ayers says hundreds of pilots are expected at the picket Wednesday. The Air Line Pilots Association, which represents the pilots, recently allocated $2 million to fund strike preparation efforts.
The picket comes about a week after the majority of pilots voted to authorize union leadership to call for a strike if contract talks don't end in a new collective bargaining agreement.
Hawaiian Airlines says their pilots are very well compensated. They say the union is asking for a $74 million increase in compensation for a workforce of roughly 600 in the first contract year.