Strike averted, Matson deal reached

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The union representing about 1,000 sailors at Matson Navigation Company, about 1/3 of which live in Hawaii, says it has just reached an agreement with Matson.

The contract was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on Monday.

Matson has reached an agreement with three seagoing unions, Sailors’ Union of the Pacific, Seafarers International Union and Marine Fireman’s Union, for a new four-year contract.

“We successfully reached an agreement with Matson about an hour ago, no kickbacks, no concessions to the company on the proposed new ships that they’re going to build for the Hawaii trade. Everything went well, looking forward to our membership ratifying it. so the threat of any kind of action against the company is off,” Sailors’ Union of the Pacific President Gunnar Lundeberg said.

The contract is subject to ratification by the union’s members.

Ratification vote on the proposed contract is set for next month and is expected to take a few weeks.


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