Hawaiian Airlines reaches deal with union

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Posted: Dec 10, 2009 7:09 PM

Hawaiian Airlines has reached a tentative four-year contract with its largest work group.

The pact announced Thursday would cover the 1,245 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers-Clerical Division. They must ratify the contract.

Randy Kauhane is IAM assistant general chairman, District Lodge 141. He says union officials believe it's a positive agreement, and recommend its approval.

Kauhane says that given current economic conditions, the deal gives union members a fair and equitable contract they can be proud of.

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Terms of agreement pact weren't disclosed.

Management and labor say the deal provides increased compensation for the workers and operational improvements for the company.