Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants Picket; Say AFA-Led Negotiations Taking Too Long

Approximately 200 of Hawaiian Airlines 2,100 flight attendants participated in a demonstration on Jun. 26 at Daniel k. Inouye International Airport (HNL) to protest delayed contract talks with Hawaiian management. Represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), the group has been in negotiations for more than two years and in mediation since late 2018.

Marching outside several terminal locations, demonstrators alerted the public to the first major labor tension for Hawaiian’s flight attendants in more than 20 years.

Citing pay, retirement, and job protections as sticking points, the AFA and Hawaiian will go back to the bargaining table the last week of July to continue negotiations.

At top-of-scale (20 years) Hawaiian flight attendants make approximately $55 per hour in flight pay. This equates to an annual salary of $53,299. New hire flight attendants start at just $22.00 per hour. The last raise for the flight attendants was in March 2016.

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