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United Airlines agrees to keep 220 Hawaii jobs

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:24 a.m. HST, Jul 11, 2014

 United Airlines has agreed with a union to keep about 220 jobs at airports on Kauai, Maui and the Big Island.

United Airlines spokeswoman Christen David said the airline came to an agreement with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, with employees voting on the agreement Thursday.

David says the agreement lets United keep jobs.

Sandy Olmos, assistant general chairwoman of the union, thanked U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz for his support in a statement issued through Schatz' office.

The airline previously told employees in March it was considering the possibility of outsourcing jobs at 15 airports. It announced Monday it planned to outsource 600 jobs at 12 airports around the country while adding jobs elsewhere.

David says the airline is also adding 36 customer service jobs in Honolulu.

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heres2u wrote:
Hooray....United is showing it has a heart. I'm sure these employees are overjoyed and relieved over this decision. I've been in this situation before and can empathize. I am happy for you all!
on July 11,2014 | 04:51AM
fiveo wrote:
Wrongo. The United workers here had to agree to givebacks in order to keep their jobs. Their days are numbered. If I were them, I would start looking for jobs elsewhere before United drops the boom and out hires which is coming. Otherwise, get ready to agree to more givebacks in the near future. With the kind of management United has, no wonder, United comes in last in terms of service rankings among the major airlines.
on July 11,2014 | 09:17AM
Bully wrote:
United is not the airline that it used to be, service is poor and looks like it going to get worse. Lucky if they survive.
on July 11,2014 | 10:13AM
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