Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants Object To Gotbaum's Request For Multi-Million Dollar Bonus
October 26, 2005
Honolulu, HI - Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) voiced their disapproval today to Hawaiian Trustee Joshua Gotbaum's recent request for an eight million dollar bonus.
"To think that Gotbaum is asking the court to grant him an eight million dollar bonus while the employees who gave money from their pockets to pull this airline out of bankruptcy ask for nothing is ludicrous," said Hawaiian Airlines Master Executive Council President Sharon Soper. "Over the past two years Gotbaum has made an obscene amount of money and now he wants eight million more. He has sacrificed nothing and it is unfair and unjustifiable. Since 2002, our flight attendants have given over four million dollars of their salaries, of their benefits, of their work rules to ensure that our airline and our jobs were preserved."
In 2002, Hawaiian flight attendants gave over 3.5 million dollars in concessions to help steer the airline away from filing for bankruptcy. Unfortunately, the airline filed for bankruptcy in 2003. Since the filing, flight attendants gave the company additional concessions to help ease them out of Chapter 11.
While serving as Trustee of Hawaiian during its bankruptcy, Gotbaum received monthly compensation of $50,000, with an additional $10,000 each month allotted for housing and automobile expenses. Since joining the company in 2003, Gotbaum has received over $1.1 million in compensation. AFA-CWA has filed a formal objection to the Trustee's fee request.
"The abuse of executive compensation in this industry has run rampant for too long and it is up to us to do something about it," said AFA-CWA International President Patricia Friend. "Time and time again, our flight attendants have given up wages and benefits in order to keep their company successful. Only to find that later, some guy emerges and claims responsibility for all the company's success and totally ignores the fact that the success was built on the backs of the thousands of employees who work long and hard and who give millions out of their salaries and benefits back to the company to ensure its success, not to line the pocket of some corporate executives."
75 Years of Safety & Service: 60 Years of Unity This year marks the 75th anniversary of the flight attendant profession and the 60th anniversary of the Association of Flight Attendants. More than 46,000 flight attendants join together to form AFA-CWA, 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 www.afanet.org.