LOCAL UNION 1186 IBEW
STATE OF THE UNION
BUSINESS MANAGER'S MESSAGE
MOVING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE
2016 brings our biggest membership ever. We currently have almost 3,900 members. While this is good news it also reminds us that we also have a huge group from ages 50+ that could start to retire in the next seven years. To help alleviate this problem we also have over 400 apprentices in our program state-wide ready to take those spots.
As you can see, Training is very important to 1186. Whether it’s Telecommunication or Electrical Installation, classes are needed every day, and this is going to require more parking.
On Oahu we just finished the Dole Cannery classroom renovation, this will help us hold five more training classes. In the meantime we are designing and hopefully soon starting the five-story parking garage at our current Union property on Hau Street. This parking structure will have 300 stalls, and the ground level will be high enough to accommodate taller and wider company trucks. On a daily basis we could have up to 210 parking stalls being used just for training classes. Soon after, the extension of our existing Honolulu building will take place. This will add more classrooms (replacing Dole Cannery in the future), more office space, an exercise room, and a meeting hall with kitchen.
We just blessed our new Maui Union/Training Facility on March 11, 2016, a momentous occasion for the “Valley Isle”. Some 35 years ago Galo Kimura was the first Business Agent for Maui entrusted with taking care of the members that resided there. Since that time Lew Shimabuku, Tommy Lau Hee, and now Ray Shimabuku have stepped in to represent those members and continues to do so. Maui’s membership is over 290 currently. The property was bought as an investment by our Annuity Fund, with the Union building and leasing space to the Training Fund. This property’s value has risen by 30% over the last year.
Kona’s facility has had its challenges in getting their renovations finished. As of today we are 90% done, with a punch list to follow. This facility has a Union Office, two classrooms, and an open area for hands-on training.
As you can see we are growing Statewide, and bringing better facilities and training for our members.
IBEW NINTH DISTRICT
Under the leadership of International Vice President John O’Rourke and the 9th District staff, which includes Hawaii’s International Representative Harold Dias, our 9th District is still leading all 11 Districts for having the most membership. The IBEW nationally has 666,525 members and the 9th District has 131,261 of them. Our Local 1186 has grown by 19% over the last 8 years and remains with 55% of the market share. Organizing is key to growing our union, either with whole companies, or from “stripping” of their employees.
Current organizing efforts include DirecTV with some 40 employees statewide, and Ikaika Builders with some 50 employees. Leyton Torda and Dennis Kaloi are also active in bringing in non-union workers and giving them hope for a better future.
I have to thank everyone for our success. However we will not stop until all of Hawaii’s electrical industry is organized by IBEW.
As you can see, we remain busy with work in Kaka’ako, Waikiki, Ko’Olina, and Kapolei. Now we also look forward to the start of Ho’opili, which just broke ground with mass grading for a build out of 12,000 homes, and a surrounding community which equates to 15+ years of work.
Koa Ridge just got a favorable decision by the State Supreme Court to go ahead with construction of 3,500 homes and a surrounding community that will hopefully be starting in 2017. Two more condominiums, King's Village and Kamehameha’s Keahou Lane project will also be starting. I want to thank the developers and investors of these projects for using IBEW exclusively.
With stock markets being inconsistent and the economy coming back slowly, we have been holding financial seminars around the state explaining the way Trustees, both Management and Union, invest our benefit funds. Oahu held its second seminar in two years with around 120 attending each one. Maui, Kona, Hilo, and Kauai will be holding theirs real soon, so sign up and learn, ask questions, and meet the professional consultants who guide our funds.
CONSTRUCTION INSIDE / OUTSIDE CONTRACT
2,000 surveys have been sent out for our Electrical Industry to fill out and turn in. So far we have around 250 surveys that have come back to us. We want to give you the opportunity to have a say in your contract that will affect you over the next 3 – 5 years.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
Lastly I would like to say that your Union is working hard on your behalf. While job visits are important, so is attending meetings to get information. Don’t let others ruin or divide this great union of ours, as it takes time and effort by everyone to maintain the success that we've been having over the past eight years.
Brothers and Sisters of Local 1186, have a safe and successful year.
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