Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants picket at HNL airport
According to Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants, if they don't get a raise soon, their company can expect a strike.
"Our flight attendants are frustrated, we want a new contract now," Jeffrey Fuke said.
Wednesday flight attendants took part in an informational picket, a preview of what could be coming.
"We rather get a contract and just go back to flying and taking care of people but we're also willing to do whatever it takes to get a contract," Fuke said.
Their messages were heard and seen Wednesday at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
A total of 2,100 flight attendants have been working with contracts that expired in 2016, their contracts have been frozen since then.
"We rank near the bottom now versus the other American carriers," Fuke said.
Flight attendants at Hawaiian Air make between $22 and $55 per hour. They last negotiated a 5-percent increase back in 2012.
"The numbers might sound really good but flight attendants are only paid from the time the plane starts moving until the gate again so all the time they are boarding, deplaning, delayed at the gate, flight attendants are not getting paid for that time," Fuke said.
Hawaiian Airlines says it's reached tentative agreements with the flight attendants union on a number of issues since contract talks began in 2017.
The company says both sides are currently in mediation and are working to finalize a deal.