Members at Hawaiian Airlines Ratify Improvements

More than 600 members of District 142 who are employed by Hawaiian Airlines have ratified a new four-year agreement that restores many of the sacrifices in pay and benefits made during Hawaiian’s chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2005.

The new agreement, which was endorsed by the bargaining committee and ratified this week by an overwhelming majority, covers mechanics, aircraft inspectors, line service, cleaners and contract service personnel . The members belong to Local 1979 in Honolulu, HI and Local 1932 in Los Angeles, CA.

Terms of the accord include a 5 percent wage increase on the date of signing, followed by annual increases of 3 percent, 3 percent and 4 percent. Additional improvements include increases in license premiums, skill pay, shift premiums and paid holidays eliminated during the carrier’s bankruptcy restructuring .The contract becomes amendable in 2014.

“This agreement is the direct result of a strong, committed membership and a tenacious negotiating committee,” said District 142 President Tom Higginbotham. “We deeply appreciate the membership’s perseverance and patience.”

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