LOCAL UNION 1186 IBEW
STATE OF THE UNION
BUSINESS MANAGER'S MESSAGE
Half of the year has already gone by and it has been a very busy year so far. Construction is on the rise, Oceanic Time Warner Cable negotiations have started, and Telecommunications negotiations will start this month. It also means it's time for our Summer Union Picnics.
I also want to welcome Rosendin Electric and Cache Valley Electric to our 50th State. Rosendin has done work with us on Kauai at Barking Sands and now will be doing work at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, while Cache Valley is working at the Kapiolani Hospital project. Although the work has just started, they are looking at hiring from our Union Hall anywhere from 20 - 40 electricians.
Success came from the Electricians and Plumbers Board in May. The State E & P Board made a decision and clarified who is allowed to install the racks and PV panels – Electricians! We have been fighting over this intensively for more than the last six months.
Our position was always that any grounding and bonding that took place required a Hawaii state-licensed Electrical Journeyman to do the work. Also a PV panel is an electrical apparatus, so therefore an electrician must install it. These state regulations have been formally upheld for the safety of everyone!
GOTTA HAVE HART
On May 7, 2014 the City and County of Honolulu reappointed me to serve for another five years on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Board by a unanimous 9-0 vote of all the elected Honolulu City Council members. This will be my second term selected as one of only nine voting members on the HART Board of Directors. I was truly honored to be asked to represent not only IBEW, but also on behalf of the taxpayers. Building Rail "on time and under budget" is every Board members’ goal. I am confident that with a solid Executive Director/CEO like Dan Grabauskas and a terrific HART Board, we can get Rail done and open in 2017 to Aloha Stadium and finish to Ala Moana Center by June 2019. Work has finally resumed in full force on the Rail project, and over 100 columns have been erected. Now the spans are being put in place to connect those columns.
Thanks to the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) and our generous volunteer members for participating in our Smoke Alarms For Everyone (SAFE) program again in May. This time, over 100 smoke detectors were installed on Oahu for mostly the elderly. It is said that over 67% of homes do not have a smoke detector installed or working. You also have a 50% better chance of survival if you have a working one. Remember to test your detector monthly, replace the battery yearly, and have an escape route for your family.
We continue to encourage our members to attend your Union meetings so you can hear for yourselves what is going on within your Union. Those who’ve attended know they can also freely ask any questions or voice any of their concerns and get answers. Don't let others tell you what they heard – please come hear for yourselves.
I want to again thank everyone for volunteering their time in our community service events. It is members like you that give IBEW Local Union 1186 our GREAT name! See you at our Summer Picnics!
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