AFA Opposes Hawaiian Airlines Bonus Plan

Court Filing Seeks Rejection of Scheme to Divert Givebacks

Jul 08, 2004, 01:00 ET from Association of Flight Attendants

    WASHINGTON, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of Flight Attendants-
 CWA, AFL-CIO, wants a federal bankruptcy court to reject a scheme offered by
 the trustee of Hawaiian Airlines to give huge bonuses to its executives and
 managers, even though the carrier has extracted concessions from its
     "Flight attendants made substantial sacrifices in order to ensure the
 recovery of our airline," said Sharon Soper, president of the AFA Master
 Executive Council at Hawaiian. "Now the trustee wants the bankruptcy court to
 approve a plan that would reward managers who did not share in these
     In March 2003, Hawaiian flight attendants agreed to a package of contract
 concessions worth $3.475 million per year in order to keep the carrier aloft -
 - just slightly more than the amount now earmarked for management bonuses.
 Earlier this year, the company demanded more concessions although it had
 returned to profitability.
     The AFA filing notes that the plan offered by Trustee Joshua Gotbaum,
 offered as a way to retain executives, in no way compels managers to remain at
     More than 46,000 flight attendants join together to form AFA, the world's
 largest flight attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000 member strong
 Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Visit us at

SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants