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Matson labor contract expiring at end of June

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:46 p.m. HST, Jun 20, 2013

Hawaii’s biggest ocean cargo transportation firm, Matson Inc., is facing a June 30 deadline to reach a new contract with three unions representing crewmembers on its ships.

The company said it believes sufficient time remains to work out agreements that would avoid any disruption in service, and characterized a recent vote by the unions to authorize a strike as part of the negotiating process.

Matson is negotiating labor agreements with the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific, the Seafarers International Union and the Marine Firemen’s Union.

The current 5-year contract with the unions and Matson was reached in 2008 on the day the prior contract was set to expire.

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Bdpapa wrote:
Sounds like shipping rates are going up.
on June 20,2013 | 12:45PM
allie wrote:
yup..dangerous to live in such an isolated place
on June 20,2013 | 01:02PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Matson has competitors, so it has to resolve things quick. But, the better solution for Hawaii is to get rid of the Jones Act (or get Hawaii exempted)..
on June 20,2013 | 01:30PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Thank you Hirono and Hanabusa for being in support of the Jones Act. Rates are sure to go up and trickle down to increase the cost of living here. It just gets harder and harder for working families to survive at home.
on June 20,2013 | 02:30PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Okay let the run on toilet paper, rice and Spam begin!
on June 20,2013 | 02:52PM
Anonymous wrote:
time to go to Costco and sams club
on June 20,2013 | 06:18PM
Anonymous wrote:
Good. Strike. Show your greediness by keeping your fellow kamaaina hostage. I hope your families starve for your greediness.
on June 20,2013 | 10:13PM
airplane_bridge wrote:
it seems like this could be a big story. there are many details that could be investigated by this newspaper on both sides of this negotiation.
on June 27,2013 | 06:18AM
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