Schatz, Local 1979 union try to save 200 Hawaii jobsUPDATED 7:09 PM HST Apr 22, 2014Video Transcript
on the line. And now, one local union and a U.S. Senator -- are joining forces to stop that from happening. Last week, United Airlines announced a proposal to outsource its ground operations at 15 stations -- including three in Hawaii: Lihue, Kona, and Kahului. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz says -- when United and Continental MERGED in 2010 -- the company told Congress the merger WOULD NOT affect jobs or wages -- for what are also called "front line employees" -- such as baggage handlers and customer service. Workers from Local 1979 -- say the alternative -- is a BIG CUT in pay. BILL 4:08:02-15 I'M LOOKING AT MAYBE LEAVING THE MIDDLE CLASS. TO SAVE OUR JOBS WE HAVE TO GO DOWN TO ABOUT A MINIMUM WAGE, ABOUT A 30-40 PERCENT PAY CUT, AND THAT'S, I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'LL DO. DAWN 4:08:40-50 UNITED IS BASICALLY TAKING THE LOYALTY AND THE DEDICATION OUR CO-WORKERS HAVE, BILL AND MYSELF AND BASICALLY SAYING YOU DON'T MATTER. Senator Schatz has sent a letter to United -- urging the company to RECONSIDER. At a news conference in Honolulu today -- said he would consider requesting a congressional hearing on the matter -- IF the company DOES NOT change course.