LOCAL UNION 1186 IBEW
STATE OF THE UNION
BUSINESS MANAGER'S MESSAGE
After some back and forth negotiations with the attorneys, a “Settlement Agreement” was reached between all parties. The second ballots were counted on July 11, 2015 by the League of Women Voters almost 14 months after the first election, under the watchful eyes of Harold Dias representing the International, attorneys, and candidates. I am happy to report that our Unity Team remains united, winning all but one position on the board. We will continue to move forward with more energy and foresight.
I want to thank Carmelo “Melo” Diaz-Rotger for his dedication in serving your Board for seven years. He brought great ideas, as well as understanding the vision we have at 1186. I also want to thank the members who came out to vote and exercise their rights. Although over a year went by since the first election, I ask all members to get involved with your Union and don’t wait until it’s an election year before taking interest in rumors. Ask questions, as it’s your responsibility if you want to know the truth, and don’t just believe what you hear or read.
INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT RETIRES
International President Edwin D. Hill retires after 14 years serving as the President of the IBEW. His years of dedication to the IBEW started as an Inside Wireman, and worked his way up the ranks to Business Manager, International Business Representative, International Office Vice President to the 7th District, I.O. Recording Secretary, and became the I.O. President after J.J. Barry retired.
President Hill implemented many new ideas on how to organize and become better members in the “I.B. of E.W”, as he would say. Some of the programs he implemented in his career include our Code of Excellence, Member-to-Member Organizing, and the CW/CE Program to go after work traditionally performed non-union. We thank International President Emeritus Hill for his years of dedication to the IBEW, and wish him a long and healthy retirement.
NEW INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT
Lonnie Stephenson succeeded our IBEW International President Ed Hill on May 27, 2015. New I.O. President Lonnie Stephenson was the former Business Manager of Local 145 in Rock Island, Illinois and then was appointed as the I.O. Vice President of the 6th District. President Stephenson had to hit the ground running with many meetings already lined up for him. I had the great pleasure to meet with him at our recent Progress Meeting in San Diego. I believe that he will represent the IBEW well, and look forward to seeing his vision moving forward. Best of luck leading this great organization . . . The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers!
HONORED GUESTS IN HAWAII
International Vice President to the 9th District John O’Rourke, and International Executive Council Recording Secretary representing the 7th District Patrick Lavin honored us here in Hawaii by paying us a visit. Because of our location, we don’t get to see them here as often as we would like to. IVP O’Rourke is a Journey Wireman who was the Business Manager at Local 6 in San Francisco, and became the assistant to former IVP Michael Mowrey, now retired. IEC representative Patrick Lavin is a Journey Lineman, and also the Business Manager to Local 47 in Diamond Bar, CA.
WORK IN THE 808
Apprenticeship for the Inside Wiremen is currently taking place, while the Telecommunications Apprenticeship just ended taking applications. These programs will help in the manpower needs. We are always looking for some good electricians out there to join this organization, so if you know of any non-union electricians that want a better life for them and their families please let us know. Who better to recruit than our own members?
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) enters its fifth year in charge of Rail Transit. As outgoing Chairman Ivan Lui-Kwan steps down, Co-Chairman Don Horner becomes the new Chairman, and I advance as the newly-elected Co-Chairman of the City's HART Board. We want to thank Mr. Lui-Kwan for an excellent job not only as the Chair, but also overall as a Board Member. His passion for the people of Hawaii and his expertise as an attorney brings many valuable attributes to HART. I look forward to working with Mr. Horner as the new Chair, and also working with two new HART members, former Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and Terrence Lee.
CELEBRATING 75 YEARS
We continue celebrating Local 1186’s 75th Anniversary! Oahu had great attendance with over 500 coming out. The kick-off started with a cocktail reception followed by a great buffet dinner. Entertainment was by Touch of Gold, and a brief history was presented to the audience highlighting Local 1186’s accomplishments through the years. We are heading to Kona, followed by Kauai, and Maui, so come out and enjoy the evening festivities and learn the history of 1186.
In honor of the recent Labor Day holiday, The Hawaii Electricians is offering this quick study of how unions help workers with a voice on the job:
What is a Union?
How do people form a union?
What kinds of workers are forming unions today?
How do unions help working families today?
What have unions accomplished for all workers?
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