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Horizon Air has reached a tentative agreement on a new, three-year contract with the airline’s 400 mechanics and fleet service agents. Terms of the agreement were withheld pending ratification by the employees’ union, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association.

Separately, Horizon said that 95 percent of dispatchers belonging to the Transport Workers Union have ratified a new, three-year contract.

“This agreement is a result of hard work by both the company and the TWU,” said John Plowman, president of TWU Local 542, which represents the 21 dispatchers. Horizon is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska Airlines.


Agreement signed for wireless deal

Bainbridge Island-based Airbiquity said it signed an agreement with Wavecom to co-market wireless applications in North America and Europe.

Wavecom, a French company that builds wireless systems for cars and other machines, and Airbiquity, which builds technology used in OnStar-enabled cars, will market each other’s products and services.


U.S., EU ask for WTO panelists

The United States and the European Union asked the World Trade Organization yesterday to select panelists to investigate their competing claims of illegal subsidies to airplane makers Airbus and Boeing, trade officials in Geneva said.

Washington and Brussels asked WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy to name the panelists after negotiators failed to agree on panel members.

Lamy received the two requests yesterday but delegated selection responsibilities to one of his deputies, WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell said. “Taking into account my previous direct and active involvement in the above-listed dispute, I have decided to ‘recuse’ myself from any participation in the appointment of panelists,” said Lamy, a former EU Trade commissioner.

Research in Motion

Court won’t hear patent-suit appeal

A federal court yesterday denied Research In Motion’s request for the full court to rehear its appeal of a long-running patent suit in which the maker of BlackBerry e-mail devices has been found guilty of infringement.

RIM said it plans an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and will seek a halt to further proceedings until that court decides whether to review the case.

If the Supreme Court declines to hear the case, the suit against patent holder NTP would be sent back to a federal district court to reconsider certain aspects of a 2003 jury verdict against RIM. That verdict raised the seemingly remote possibility that RIM might be forced to stop selling BlackBerrys.

RIM’s share price slid almost 4 percent after the decision, declining $2.42 to $64.55 yesterday.

Compiled from Seattle Times staff and The Associated Press