Hawaiian Airlines reaches deal with union

AP News
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.

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.