Howzit Howard: UNITE-HERE

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - UNITE-HERE meets today and tomorrow with Hilton Hawaiian Village. The talks come a week after the final day of Local 5's five-day strike against the Village. Another two-day session with Hilton is planned in November. Early proposals were far apart - labor asking to raise housekeepers from $16.50 an hour to more than $19 an hour while management proposed asking housekeepers to clean 20 rooms per shift instead of $15.

Japan has granted antitrust immunity to JAL and ANA to cooperate with partners on U.S. flights - JAL is part of American Airline's one world alliance - ANA is part of United's Star Alliance. Tokyo and Washington sign an open skies agreement today, removing red tape on flights and fares.

Bank of Hawaii reports higher profit on lower revenue. In the third quarter its revenue was 162 million, down four million from last year. Assets: $9.6 billion.

Horizon Lines made a third quarter profit of $7.7 million on $311 million in revenue. The profit was down $700,000 from last year even though revenue was up. Horizon is second largest shipper to Hawaii.

UHERO - the UH Economic Research Organization - has launched a new service on its website, with local economic data useful to businesses, teachers and students.

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