Damien Kim 

By Damien Kim
Business Manager-Financial Secretary

August 2017


Many mahalo’s to every member that participated in this year’s Union Election, no matter whom you were for or against, it showed you cared about your Union. I also want to thank everyone for the confidence you have in our Administration to re-elect us for our fourth term:

Damien T.K. Kim – Business Manager-Financial Secretary
Tracy Hayashi – President
Robert Aquino – Vice President
Dennis Kaloi – Recording Secretary
Michael Tanaka – Treasurer

Executive Board Members – John Nash, Eric Okazaki, Scot Ah Yuen, Don Bongo, Terry Uyehara, Ray Shimabuku, and Prudence Quebetay
Examining Board Members – Walter Weatherwax, Leyton Torda, Eli Tangonan Jr., Lyle Miyahira, and Lance Katena.

While there are still protests filed as of the writing of this article, I still would like to thank my “Unity Team 2017” for their dedication to all Local 1186 members.

“The Next Three Years Will Be A 'Building For The Future' Theme."
So, what’s next? The next three years will be a “Building for the Future” theme.

We are looking forward to expanding on Oahu’s facility, and we have hired two more Union Representatives to serve our members as our membership has grown.  We currently have a third-party consultant looking at redesigning/replacing our Pension Fund-owned Building where the Union, Training, and Trust Administration resides. As you know, in our industry technology is constantly changing, and we too will be making it more efficient in getting information and processing paperwork.

I want all of you to welcome Michael Pacheco as our new Organizer, who will be assisting Dennis Kaloi and Leyton Torda. Michael Pacheco has been a member for 10 years and worked at Wasa Electrical Services. Organizing plays a big role for Unions, not only external organizing, but internal as well.  Please welcome Michael when you see him on the job.

We also want to welcome Kimi Koge as our new Assistant Business Manager for the Telecommunications side. She will oversee the Telecommunication members, as well as Spectrum (Oceanic) and AT&T (DirecTV) members with John Nash. Kimi has been an IBEW 1357 member for 34 years and a former Business Manager. Our Telecommunication side has also been growing, especially since we organized Kona Spectrum, Hilo Spectrum Customer Service, and Oahu Spectrum Business Class.


It was another successful year across the State at our annual Union Picnics. Members and their families ate, played games, kids had fun in the water, joined in fellowship with one another, ate some more, and eventually went home tired but most of all happy! I want to thank all of the staff and volunteers on each island for making that one day a special one for all members. Also thanks to all the Health Vendors – HWMG, CVS, HDS, and VSP for coming along and educating our members on their health needs and services. Big mahalos go to “Da Braddahs” – Tony, James, and Pipi for always entertaining us and giving us sore stomaches by making us laugh so much. Get ready for next year!


Every member should not be afraid to call or come to Union meetings to voice their opinions and ask questions. Every negative comment should be followed up with a positive comment on how you would do better. Don’t wait every three years/election years to come out swinging.  

We have an awesome Union, the IBEW, and we all need to work together to make this Union even better by working together to solve problems, and getting our members motivated in helping each other as one big OHANA. Standing on the side grumbling doesn’t help nor does just complaining to complain. In light of our world problems today, don’t you think we are better off working together rather than fighting with each other? Our IBEW CODE of EXCELLENCE is not only for the jobsites or at work, but it is also for the Union and within our membership!

Mahalo for everything you do and we look forward to another three years to serve YOU our members!


Damien Kim

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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?
     A union is a group of workers who forms an organization to gain:

  • Respect on the job;
  • Better wages and benefits
  • More flexibility for work and family needs
  • A counterbalance to the unchecked power of employers, and
  • A voice in improving the quality of their products and services.

How do people form a union?
     When workers decide they want to come together to improve their jobs, they work with a union to help them form their own local chapter. After a majority of workers shows they want a union, employers sometimes honor the workers' choice.
     Often the workers must ask the government through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold an election. If the workers win their union, they negotiate a contract with the employer that spells out each party's rights and responsibilities in the work place.

What kinds of workers are forming unions today?
     A wider range of people than ever before, including many women and immigrants, is joining unions: doctors, nurses, poultry workers, graduate employees, home health care aides, wireless communications workers, auto parts workers and engineers, to name a few.

How do unions help working families today?
     Through unions, workers win better wages, benefits, and a voice on the job — and good union jobs mean stronger communities. Union workers earn over 25 percent more than nonunion workers and are more likely to receive healthcare and pension benefits than those without a union.
     In 2016, median weekly earnings for full-time union wage and salary workers were $1004, compared with $802 for their nonunion counterparts. Unions lead the fight today for better lives for working people, such as through expanded family and medical leave, improved safety and health protection, and fair-trade agreements that lift the standard of living for workers all over the world.

What have unions accomplished for all workers?
     Unions have made life better for all of America's workers by helping to pass laws endings child labor, establishing the eight-hour day, protecting worker's safety and health, and helping create Social Security, unemployment insurance, and the minimum wage.
     Unions are continuing the fight today to improve life for all working families in America.


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