HONOLULU – January 19, 2010 - Hawaiian Airlines and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers – Clerical Division (IAM-C) announced today that the union’s membership has ratified the negotiated agreement on a new four-year contract by a 75 percent vote.
The new contract provides IAM-C’s membership – Hawaiian’s largest single work group – with increased compensation, while also allowing for operational improvements that benefit the company.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, said, “Like the other labor agreements we have reached, this contract will improve the standard of living for our employees while helping to improve operating efficiency for the company.”
Randy Kauhane, IAM assistant general manager, District Lodge 141, commented, “In these uncertain economic times, we are pleased our members have a new contract in place that will keep them secure for the next four years. We appreciate all the efforts made by our negotiating committee and Hawaiian in reaching this agreement that benefits all parties involved.”
IAM-C represents 1,245 employees at Hawaiian in a wide range of positions, encompassing airport customer service, ramp, reservations, schedule planning, purchasing, records, and crew scheduling.
Hawaiian has reached similar agreements with its pilots’ union, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), flight attendants’ union, the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA), and dispatchers’ union, the Transport Workers Union (TWU). Hawaiian is continuing to work with its IAM – Mechanics Division on a new agreement, its last remaining work group in contract negotiations.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian is the nation’s highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in 2008 in the 19th annual Airline Quality Rating study. Hawaiian has also led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past five years (2004-2008) and has been an industry leader in fewest misplaced bags during that same period (#1 from 2005-2007, #2 in 2008) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii.
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.