Contract talks continue for Matson, union workers as deadline nears

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UPDATE (June 29, 2013): Strike averted, Matson deal reached

The clock is ticking for Matson and hundreds of union workers as they try to agree to a new contract.

The unions representing 1,600 sailors and Marine firemen at Matson Navigation Company met again on Friday.

Matson wants workers to take a pay cut so it can buy two new ships, but workers say no.

If a deal is not reached on Friday, another round of negotiations will take place in Oakland, Calif.

If a deal is not reached then, workers say they will walk the picket line on Monday, shutting down shipping to Hawaii.

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