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Mechanics settle with Hawaiian Air

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Airlines has reached tentative contract agreement with more than 600 ground workers including its jet mechanics.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said Wednesday it won wage hikes of 5%, 3%, 3% and 4% over the four years of the agreement. The first wage hike would take effective immediately upon signing. The agreement also includes increases in shift, license and skill differentials, and, the union said, more holidays. IAM District 142 President said the agreement is "the direct result of a strong, committed membership and a tenacious negotiating committee."

The company said it won operational efficiencies it needs to stay competitive. Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley says the agreement will make the airline "stronger and more efficient in its operations."

The agreement covers aircraft inspectors, mechanics, line service, cleaners, and contract service personnel. All of Hawaiian's other unionized employees already have new contracts.

Hawaiian has had more profitable quarters than most U.S. air carriers during the economic slump, but insisted during all of its labor negotiations that if it was to stay that way it needed operational efficiencies to fund raises. Most of its new contracts took years to negotiate and some involved lengthy federal mediation.

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