LOCAL UNION 1186 IBEW
STATE OF THE UNION
BUSINESS MANAGER'S MESSAGE
HAPPY NEW YEAR
This year year will be a big year for Local 1186 as we celebrate our 75th Anniversary. Founded in 1940 by members from our Federal Sector (Unit 2), we have grown some 75 years later to over 3,300 members representing Construction Electricians, Telecommunications, Cable (Oceanic Time Warner), and Federal Employees on all of our military bases.
Local 1186 Business Manager Akito “Blackie” Fujikawa advanced Hawaii's construction Unions by visiting New York and bringing back the idea of getting Benefits for our working men and women. Now we enjoy the fruits of his efforts by receiving Pensions, Annuities, Paid Vacation/Holidays, & Medical benefits that many unions in Hawaii offer today. Watch for more details on the dates and times for our 75th Anniversary celebration later this year.
UPDATE ON UNION ELECTION
It’s been a long time since the June elections in our Local. I apologize to the delay in reporting on the status of the elections, but it’s difficult to do since things change from month to month. Here is where we are today.
Craig Inagaki, Harry Ono, and Steven Leong filed a lawsuit in Federal court, in part, to stop the second election. Because of the lawsuit, the IBEW International and the Local Union agreed that the ballots for the second election would be collected but not counted. The Federal Judge then ordered that everything was to stay the same until the trial in this matter. This meant that the second election ballots would not be opened and the existing Officers and Trustees would remain in office.
A date was scheduled to hold the trial starting on October 27, 2015. After the trial date was set, the International filed a motion to have the case reviewed by the Ninth Circuit Court, and the Federal Department of Labor also filed a motion to intervene. The Federal Judge granted both motions and vacated the October 27, 2015 trial date. The International Union has filed a Petition with the Ninth Circuit Court, which could end the litigation.
What does all this mean? The current Officers and Trustees remain in office until the litigation is either resolved by the Ninth Circuit Court or the U.S. Hawaii District Court. While I believe the second election ballots will eventually be counted, this will be determined by the courts. The attorneys cannot give us a firm date when this may occur.
On December 1, 2014 Democrats David Ige and Shan Tsutsui were sworn in as the new Governor and Lieutenant Governor. In our Congressional race we have Democrat Senator Brian Schatz and Democrat Representative Tulsi Gabbard back in office, along with newly elected Democrat Representative Mark Takai. They will also be joining Democrat Senator Mazie Hirono, who was not up for election in 2014. I would also like to take the time to say Mahalo to Representative Colleen Hanabusa for all of her years of service in the Hawaii Legislature and representing Hawaii as our Congresswoman in Washington D.C. We wish her well in her future and I’m sure politics and the people of Hawaii are still in her heart.
Oceanic Time Warner has been in contract negotiations since May of 2014 and talks continue for the Kauai and Oahu Blue and White Collar workers. Maui’s Blue and White Collar workers both ratified the Company’s “Last, Best, and Final” offer. To this day, the Union has asked to sit down and continue discussions with Time Warner. Telecommunications Contract negotiations also continue, with some signatory contractors agreeing with the Union's proposal and another four contractors still continuing negotiations. Electric Boat/General Dynamics members working in the Motor Shop, as well as Surface Ships and Submarines in Pearl Harbor, have begun negotiating and will continue through the month in January. Whether these Contracts are ratified or turned down, we ask all of our membership for their support.
WHAT'S IN STORE FOR 2015
In 2015 we look forward to more work in construction. About a dozen high rises are currently under construction (by Wasa Electrical Services, Electricians Inc., American Electric, and A-1 A-lectrician), as well as a new tower at Hilton Hawaiian Village (Rosendin Electric). Kapiolani Hospital finished their parking structure (A-1 A-lectrician) and now is building its new NICU Building (Cache Valley Electric). Rail Transit (West Oahu, Kamehameha Hwy., Maintenance/Storage Facility, and Core Contract) has many of our signatory contractors busy. Our projects also include the Pharmaceutical School in Hilo, Telescopes on Maui and Mauna Kea, & Kauai’s Koloa Landing.
As you can see, the work we have today culminated from years of good relationships with Legislators, Developers and General Contractors; testimonies in front of Land Commission Boards, License Boards, HCDA, and many other bodies. Your Staff is always working hard to look out for the best interests of our membership. Have a Great Year! And a Safe one too!
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