Airlines Reaches Agreement With IAM-C
December 14, 2009 - Hawaiian Airlines and the International Association
of Machinists and Aerospace Workers – Clerical Division (IAM-C)
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
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).
Hawaiian Airlines now in its 81st year of continuous service for
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is the 11th largest commercial airline in the
Inter-Island Airways, the forerunner of the airline which is now known
as Hawaiian Airlines, was incorporated on January 30, 1929. Inter-Island
Airways, a subsidiary of Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company, began
operations on October 6, 1929 with a Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker,
providing short sightseeing flights over
On October 1, 1941, the name was changed to Hawaiian Airlines when the
company phased out the older Sikorsky S-38 and Sikorsky S-43 flying
boats. In 1966 jet travel started with the acquisition of Douglas DC-9
aircraft, which cut travel times in half on most of the routes. In 1984
the company began to operate charter services to the South Pacific using
Douglas DC-8 aircraft, and soon added Lockheed L-1011 aircraft to the
fleet for West Coast services. As the west coast market grew, the South
Pacific market shrunk, and service was reduced when the company's DC-8s
were retired in 1993; and when the L-1011s were replaced by the
McDonnell Douglas DC-10 in 1994.
The DC-10s were obtained from American Airlines, who continued to
provide maintenance on the aircraft. An agreement with American also
included converting to American's SABRE reservation system and
participation in American Airlines' AAdvantage frequent flyer program.
The DC-10s were retired between 2002 and 2003. The company replaced
these leased DC-10s with 14 leased Boeing 767 aircraft during the fleet
modernization, and replaced the DC-9s with Boeing 717 aircraft.
Hawaiian Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March
21, 2003 with operations still continuing, and at the time was overdue
for $4.5 million USD worth of payments to the pilots' pension plan.
Within the company, it was suggested that the plan be terminated. As of
May 2005, Hawaiian Airlines had received court approval of its
reorganization plan. The company emerged from bankruptcy protection on
June 2, 2005, with reduced operating costs through renegotiated
contracts with its union work groups; restructured aircraft leases; and
investment from RC Aviation, a unit of San Diego-based Ranch Capital,
which bought a majority share in parent company Hawaiian Holdings Inc in
Hawaiian has never had a fatal accident in its entire history and is the
On May 4, 2006 Hawaiian Airlines announced expanded service between the
On July 24, 2007 Hawaiian Airlines and Air New Zealand signed a $45
million contract for Air New
On August 27, 2007 the airline announced plans to launch flights to
In August 2007 the Seattle Seahawks announced that they would be flying on Hawaiian Airlines for the upcoming National Football League seasons. This marks the second team that Hawaiian Airlines will be flying. The Oakland Raiders of the NFL have also been flying Hawaiian Airlines since the 1990s. The two teams fly on Hawaiian's Boeing 767s to and from all their games. Two of Hawaiian's Boeing 767 aircraft have been fitted with decals of logos from the Seahawks and the Raiders. At the beginning of the 2009 NFL season, Delta Air Lines replaced Hawaiian as the operator of the Seahawks charter flights.
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