HONOLULU, December 8, 1999 -- Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (AMEX and PCX: HA) and its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), have agreed to begin contract negotiations during the week of December 13, 1999. The pilots' current contract with the company becomes amendable February 28, 2000.
In addition, the two parties announced that they have agreed to use an interest-based bargaining ("IBB") approach to the negotiations, underscoring their mutual commitment to maintaining a working relationship based on cooperation rather than confrontation. IBB focuses on issues rather than people, requires creative and cooperative problem solving and facilitates a clear understanding of mutual and individual interests. Its goal is to achieve "win-win" solutions rather than win-lose results.
Representatives of the pilot group were first to suggest that the parties consider interest-based bargaining for upcoming negotiations, and the company agreed. In June, the company hosted a two-day seminar conducted by the National Mediation Board where company and union officials learned the principles and methodology of interest-based bargaining.
Founded in Honolulu 70 years ago, Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii's longest-serving and largest airline, and the nation's 12th largest carrier. Additional information on the company, including previously issued company news releases, is available on the Internet via the airline's Web site at www.hawaiianair.com.