Hawaiian Airline Pilots Authorize Strike

Hawaiian Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) voted today to authorize their elected union representatives to conduct a lawful withdrawal of service if contract talks do not result in a new collective bargaining agreement. Almost 98 percent of the pilot group voted, and of those voting 99 percent voted to support the strike ballot, which opened on April 25.

Hawaiian Airlines Plane in Sky

“This vote shows the deep anger our pilots feel toward their senior management,” said Capt. Hoon Lee, chairman of the ALPA unit at Hawaiian Airlines. “We absolutely do not want to go on strike, but if that’s what it takes to get a market-rate contract, our pilots have told us loud and clear that they will stand together and take that final step.”

Pilots cheered when Lee and other ALPA leaders announced the voting results at a rally near Honolulu International Airport today. The pilots plan to hold an informational picket at the airport on May 25.

The strike vote does not mean that a strike is imminent. The National Mediation Board (NMB) must first decide that additional mediation efforts would not be productive and extend an offer to arbitrate the dispute. If either side declines arbitration, the parties enter a “cooling off” period and are free to exercise self-help – a strike by the pilots or a lockout by the company — 30 days later.  Additional mediation sessions are not scheduled past June at this time.

The pilots’ contract became amendable in September 2015. ALPA and Hawaiian management began contract talks in May of last year and began working with a NMB mediator in January 2016.

“At a time when Hawaiian is making more money than ever before, our management stubbornly refuses to share those profits with the employees who earned them,” Lee said.

”Our patience is at an end and we demand a market-rate contract that recognizes our contributions to this airline’s astounding success.”

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents over 52,000 pilots at 30 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.

Award Winning Film “Psychoanalysis” to Screen at Big Island Film Festival

Australian filmmaker, James Raue’s own life is somehow weirder than his latest comedy, “Psychoanalysis”. The film is coming to Hawaii to play at The Big Island Film Festival in late May after taking out awards at festivals across the world.

“I grew up hating Psychologists,” Raue said, recalling how much of his life had inspired the film.  “Dr Phil was just getting popular when I was a kid, so psychology was seen as this easy solution to all of life’s problems.” Any normal family issue, such as arguing with siblings or not cleaning your room could land Raue or his siblings in front of a shrink.

“Then my girlfriend became a psychologist.” Raue revealed, finally being able to see the world of psychology from “the other side of the couch”. “I saw that not all psychologists were simplistic and the impact on those who truly care about their clients can be overwhelming.”

Raue attempted to show these two sides of the industry through the most comedic, yet tragic story he could think of. The tale of a psychologist who’s lost five clients to suicide and is determined to prove he’s still the best.

Raue attributes his history with psychologists to the success of the film.

“We made it on a tiny budget, with unknown actors and it would play at these festivals where nobody knew anything about it. But audiences couldn’t stop talking about it. It raises questions not normally heard and has an authenticity to it. So word slowly spread.”

In order to get the film finished James had to work assembling bounce houses for birthday parties. “The worst part of the day was when you have to take it down. These houses have your favorite Disney characters on them, so this little girl is watching as Elsa collapses. Most of the time they burst into tears.”

So far Psychoanalysis has won Best Of The Fest at the Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival, Best Comedy at the Canada International Film Festival, Best International Film and Best Screenplay at the Manchester International Film Festival.

When asked why such a dark subject matter was good for comedy, Raue replied. “When you’re dealing with death everyday, sooner of later you have to see it for how absurd it really is or you’ll snap.”

Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis plays The Big Island Film Festival at Fairmont Orchid on Friday, May 27 at 2pm.

For more information and exclusive clips, please visit: www.psychoanalysisfilm.com.

Ed Teixeira Appointed Interim Administrator of Hawaii County Civil Defense

After four decades of service at the federal and state government level, former Hawai‘i State Civil Defense vice director Ed Teixeira will be directing the emergency management operations of the Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency as interim administrator, effective May 16.

Ed Teixeira

Ed Teixeira

Teixeira is a combat veteran who served in Vietnam, Korea, Japan, and Germany, retiring from the U.S. Army as a colonel after 26 years of service. He began his emergency management career at State Civil Defense in 1996 and was named vice director in 1999. Teixeira retired from State Civil Defense in 2011. Since then he has worked as an instructor at Chaminade University in Honolulu and as a disaster preparedness and planning consultant.

“Ed Teixeira has worked for many years to keep the people of Hawai‘i Island safe in his role at State Civil Defense. We welcome his expertise and leadership at the helm of Hawai‘i County Civil Defense,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi.

Though he was born and raised on O‘ahu, and spent much of his career away from Hawai‘i Island, Teixeira bought a home in Waimea while stationed at Pōhakuloa Training Area in 1986. His familial ties to the island are in Honohina, where his mother was raised.

“I want to thank Mayor Kenoi for his confidence and for giving me the opportunity to serve the good people of Hawaiʻi County, said Teixeira. “As a resident of the Big Island, I am proud to be a member of his Civil Defense team. I extend my thanks and congratulations to Chief Darryl Oliveira for his outstanding work in the Civil Defense Agency, an agency with a history of excellence.”

Previous Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira retired at the beginning of May. Oliveira led Hawai‘i County Civil Defense since 2013. His tenure included preparation for and response to Tropical Storm Iselle, the recent Puna lava flow, and an outbreak of dengue.