HONOLULU – Dec. 10, 2009 - Hawaiian Airlines and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers – Clerical Division (IAM-C) today announced a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract that would provide increased compensation for Hawaiian’s largest single work group as well as operational improvements for the company.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, commented, “One of our core objectives at Hawaiian is to find ways to improve the standard of living of our employees, and we are pleased to have achieved this with the IAM during what continues to be a challenging time in our economy. The ability to work collaboratively with the IAM in addressing the needs of their members along with those of the company in addressing the economic and competitive realities we collectively face has enabled us to forge this mutually beneficial agreement.”
Randy Kauhane, IAM assistant general chairman, District Lodge 141, said, “On behalf of the negotiating committee, we believe this is a positive agreement for our membership. Given the current economic conditions, this four-year agreement gives our members a fair and equitable contract they can be proud of. We recommend they review it carefully and vote for it.”
The tentative agreement covers 1,245 employees in airport customer service, ramp, reservations, schedule planning, purchasing, records and crew scheduling positions at Hawaiian. The agreement is subject to ratification by union members, who are expected to vote on the proposal in the coming weeks.
Hawaiian has reached similar agreements with its flight attendants’ union, the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA) and its dispatchers’ union, the Transport Workers Union (TWU).
About Hawaiian Airlines
Now in its 81st year of continuous service for Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state’s primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as well as service to the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides more than 160 daily jet flights within the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.