Hawaiian Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, will open a Strike Operations Center (SOC) near Honolulu International Airport on September 14, 2016, the first anniversary of their contract becoming amendable.

The opening of the strike center means the pilot group will have all preparations in place to immediately stop flying should the National Mediation Board (NMB) establish a legally required 30-day cooling-off period prior to any pilot strike or lockout. ALPA has asked the Board to release the pilots from mediation, proffer arbitration, and then start the cooling-off period.

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“We will run all our strike operations from our ALPA SOC, including phone banking, tracking aircraft movements, and coordinating travel home for our members wherever they may be in the world when a strike takes place,” said Capt. Hoon Lee, chairman of ALPA’s Hawaiian Master Executive Council. “We still hope we can reach an agreement with the company, but we are prepared for any eventuality.”

ALPA’s five-year contract with Hawaiian became amendable on September 14, 2015. The two sides have been in contract talks for more than 15 months and are still far apart on economic issues.