LOCAL UNION 1186 IBEW
STATE OF THE UNION
BUSINESS MANAGER'S MESSAGE
Spring is here and soon it will be summer! Here is what has been going on and what will be coming up.
The Rail is still ongoing with over the first mile of concrete segments installed in the West side. The cantilever work over the H1 & H2 Interchange continues, and columns and relocation of utilities are still going on. Paul’s Electrical Contracting, American Electric, PAC Electric, and Keiwit are some of our signatory contractors that are working on these projects.
The Rail Maintenance Facility near Leeward Community College is up, with two of their buildings and underground work still continuing. We have A-1 A-lectrician and Endo Electric working on that site.
The package for the first three Rail Stations has been awarded to Hawaiian Dredging. The electrical was awarded to Lewis Electric. While Lewis Electric is not part of our family yet, they are going to sign a RTSA Project Labor Agreement with us. I want to thank Lee Lewis and his lead men for giving IBEW a chance to show them how we can help. If you get a chance and see them on any of your sites, please welcome them into the Brotherhood.
Dan Grabauskas, the Executive Director of HART, continues to show his leadership by declining any bonuses that the Board would offer to him. While everyone seems to blame him for the cost increases of Rail, he takes it with a grain of salt and pursues his purpose of getting this rail built. Let me remind all that this project was designed over six years ago, and Dan only took over three years ago. Delays in construction caused by lawsuits during a time when construction was down helped in raising the cost of rail, and it snowballs from that.
The State Legislature is looking at the general excise tax (GET) this session. Currently they are looking at a five-year extension of the half-percent Oahu tax until the year 2027. This seems to be better than nothing, but realize that if after the first 20 miles and we start to look at extending to UH Manoa and into Kapolei City, it will take more than the five years of GET extension. By the time this newsletter gets out, hopefully the Senate and House come up with a compromise and give more than the five-year extension.
High rises continue to go up. The media calls our tower cranes the “State Bird.” Ala Moana and Waikiki are also seeing growth in buildings and hotels. Brian Lee helped see that many of these projects get off the ground. He chaired the HCDA development board for three years where they approved more than 18 projects totaling 5,000 new homes – with 2,000 of those homes reserved at below market rates. I want to thank Brian for doing such a great job in being fair and dealing with the extra work.
OUR 75th ANNIVERSARY
We hope to celebrate this momentous occasion with you! Watch for your invitations from Pacific Rim Concepts and Local 1186, and reply early to reserve your seats. Join us for a night of food, drinks, and entertainment to celebrate our success. We have reserved the following dates:
• August 1st @ Sheraton Waikiki Hotel (Oahu)
• August 15th @ Sheraton Keahou Kona Resort & Spa (Big Island)
• August 22nd @ Grand Hyatt Poipu (Kauai)
• August 29th @ Grand Wailea (Maui)
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:
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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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