LOCAL UNION 1186 IBEW
STATE OF THE UNION
BUSINESS MANAGER'S MESSAGE
Summer was a very busy time for IBEW Local 1186. All of our islands’ summer picnics went well, with a lot of new faces attending and enjoying themselves.
Oahu’s Wet 'n' Wild Water Park Union picnic recorded our biggest attendance ever, with over 4,200 members and their families splashing about and being entertained by "Da Braddahs". Would you also believe that we made 4,500 hot dogs and they all went in an hour?! Thank you to every Island Business Representative and their respective Committees for all of their help in putting on such successful events. All of your hard work is greatly appreciated by all! Kauai, Maui and Big Island Union picnics were also a success, and we thank all of you for your support and attendance at your respective island summer picnics! As usual, each year we also support the Labor Day Unity Picnic, where we had about 200 Local 1186 family members joining with other Hawaii union families. A total of over 4,500 people from almost every local trade union attended this annual free event at the Waikiki Shell put on by the Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council.
TOWER CRANES RETURN
During the summer, the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) was busy hearing over a half-dozen developers pitch their affordable housing towers, workforce housing, commercial, and market-priced homes for the urban renewal of the Kaka'ako area. Developers Marshall Hung, Howard Hughes Corporation, Stanford Carr, Alexander & Baldwin, and Kamehameha Schools all gained approvals for their high-rise and commercial projects, and will be adding to the vision of building a better community in the urban core to live, work, learn, and play. Work recently broke ground on three projects, with more to start by the end of the year. If all goes well, work will last three to four years, and the rest of the area's 10 billion dollar development will follow for about another eight years.
D.R. Horton/Schuler Home's Hoopili project also got final approvals from the Honolulu Planning Commission for their 10,000 home development near the Ewa area. This project will bring affordable housing in a sustainable community, a first of its kind here in Hawaii. Projected start date is early 2014 and may last as long as 20 years. Castle & Cooke's Koa Ridge project is also going for final county building permit approvals for the first phase of a 3,500 home community to be built above the Waipio Costco area.
In Waikiki, you have Hilton Hawaiian Village building onto the existing loading dock area with a 40-story timeshare hotel/condo, and the Ritz-Carlton with at least one luxury tower on Kuhio Avenue. Sheraton Waikiki/Kyo-ya is demoing and building a new Princess Kaiulani Hotel, and the International Marketplace has also started revamping a large piece of Waikiki with new restaurants and retail stores.
Let's not forget Rail Transit. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) got issued the OK from State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to restart construction of the $5.3 billion project. Work commenced on September 16th. After a year of delays, it's still hopeful rail will open on-time and under-budget. The opposition has caused taxpayers over $30 million in delay costs. Let's ask them to please stop this madness and let us begin making history and move forward.
We have another Adopt-a-Highway, our fourth and final for the year, coming up on November 16th. Please contact Kim Lehano at email@example.com or 808-372-4680. We are so grateful for those of you who come out to volunteer - our section of road can get pretty bad at times. Thank you for helping us keep Hawaii beautiful.
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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