Matson strike avertedUPDATED 10:38 PM HST Jun 29, 2013Video Transcript
hours to spare, labor unions and Matson Shipping Company have reached a deal. The strike that was scheduled for Monday morning has been averted. The major issue was what members of the Sailors Union of the Pacific and Marine Firemen's Union were calling "wage kickbacks" where workers would have had to contribute wages toward two new ships. CHARLES THE CULIMINATION OF NEGOTIATIONS IS A FAIR AND EQUITABLE SETLEMENT ESPECIALLY SINCE THE MANAGEMENT HAD WITHDRAWN ITS PROPOSAL TO REQUIRE CERTAIN EMPLOYEES TO KICK BACK CURRENT WAGES." After 2 months of negotiations, a new four year contract was hammered out, subject to ratification by members of the 2 unions and Seafarers International. GUNNAR "WE WOULDVE BEEN FORCED TO STRIKE THE COMPANY EFFECTIVE MONDAY MORNING, THAT WOULDA MEANT THE SHIPS WOULDNT HAVE SAILED FROM THE WEST COAST TO HAWAII" The company issued a statement from San Francisco. Matson is pleased to assure our customers that there will be no disruption to our service. GUNNAR "WE FEEL VERY GOOD... THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE COMPANY... AND THIS WOULD BE DISRUPTIVE ON PEOPLE IN HAWAII AND WE CERTAINLY didn't WANT TO DO THAT... AND WE WERE SUCCESSFUL." The 3 unions have also negotiated pay raises. In its annual report Matson says there has only been one instance in the past 40 years where a labor dispute caused a disruption in service.