Picketing continues for Hawaiian Airlines pilots over contract negotiations

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Some Hawaiian Airlines pilots returned to the picket lines at Honolulu International Airport Friday.

They’ve been in contract negotiations with the airline for nearly 15 months.

Hawaiian pilots, they argue, are paid substantially less than pilots at other airlines flying similar airplanes on similar routes.

“We’re entering into the end game. It’s time to get serious,” said Capt Tim Canoll with the Air Line Pilots Association. “People have to come to the table with an earnest, real desire to conclude an agreement and we think that’s possible.”

Hawaiian Airlines said, “We are making progress in negotiations and remain committed to reaching a market-based contract with the Air Line Pilots Association – a contract that offers our pilots wages, benefits and work rules that are in line with our competitive position in the industry.”

The two sides will meet with mediators early next month.

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