LOCAL UNION 1186 IBEW
STATE OF THE UNION
BUSINESS MANAGER'S MESSAGE
I hope everyone had a great 2015! Union elections update – eight members (seven candidates and one non-candidate) protested the counting of the second election ballots. A letter was sent to our International Union and another to the Office of Labor Management (OLM) claiming violations in the first and second elections. A letter of response was sent by International Vice President John O’Rourke back to us stating that based on an investigation done by International Business Representative Mike Grunwald, the seeking of a third election was denied. Since then, an investigation from the OLM was done, and we are awaiting the results of their independent investigations.
2016 - A VERY BUSY YEAR
Work continues at Ala Moana Shopping Center; Kaka’ako will be finishing some, as well as continuing with other high-rise work; Waikiki’s International Market Place is slated to open in April; Hilton and Sheraton will be continuing work, as well as the Hyatt; and Hoopili and Ewa Villages got the green light to proceed in the housing area. The west side is also busy with the finishing up of the Kapolei Regal Theaters and Ka Makana Alii Shopping Center – with a Macy’s, Consolidated Theaters, and Hampton Inn. Renovations of the Ihilani Hotel should also be done by March, with more to come.
Negotiations for our Warehouse Contract have begun, and our Inside/Outside and Office Workers Contract negotiations should be starting around June. Surveys to our members will be sent out in March, so please look out for them and most importantly fill it out and turn it in.
The designing of our new Honolulu five-story parking structure should be finished in a couple of months, with permitting and construction hopefully to start around the summer. This 300-parking stall structure will make it possible to handle our bigger trucks and vans as well as enable future expansion vertically if needed.
In the meantime, Maui’s Union Office/Training Center is slated to open by February 29, 2016. This building will have three classrooms, a kitchen, an 800 sq. ft. training area, storage, and a mezzanine floor for more classrooms and storage if needed. Maui Business Representative Ray Shimabuku will also maintain a Union office.
Kona facilities will finally finish their renovation, hopefully by the time you receive this newsletter. It will have three classrooms and a 600 sq. ft. training area. Big Island Business Representative Donn dela Cruz will also support an office located there.
We have also been expanding our membership, which the last I’ve seen was at 3,850 for total active membership. We welcome our new members, and urge all of our membership to help out each other.
ANOTHER POLITICAL YEAR
2016 is also a big political year for everyone. With President Obama serving his last term, candidates are coming out swinging, and if you have been following the Republican debates you know we will be in big trouble if any one of them are elected. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz is up for re-election, as well as U.S. Representatives Mark Takai and Tulsi Gabbard. We need to give them our unwavering support as they continue to fight for Hawaii’s economy, labor, and military.
Locally, we have some Mayoral races and City Council races on all islands, all House seats in the state legislature are up, as well as half of the State Senate. As you know, your Union will come out with an Endorsement List before the election to help you decide who is friendly to Labor and is looking out for us. Don’t forget to register to vote, and vote when the time comes. You can also register for Permanent Absentee Ballots, if you choose.
Last but definitely not least is thanking all of the volunteers throughout the years, both active and retired members and their families, for their time in making IBEW a household name in the community. Your unwavering effort has given us a sense of pride in the community and carries the load for our whole membership.
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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