HECO workers strike on Oahu, Big Isle and Maui County
A strike today by the union that represents the majority of Hawaiian Electric Co.’s workforce will slow efforts to restore power to about 8,000 customers still without electricity on Oahu, the company said.
IBEW Local 1260 members walked off the job on Oahu, the Big Island and in Maui County at about 3:30 p.m. after contract talks reached a stalemate.
The strike comes as the utility is working to restore power to homes and businesses on Oahu as a result of a severe storm.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie released a statement tonight encouraging both sides to keep talking.
“I have spoken with leaders of Hawaiian Electric Co. and the union. My thought is that they can set aside their respective positions during this emergency situation until the public’s safety is taken care of,” the governor said. “The most important thing right now is restoring electric services for residents and ensuring their health and security then resume negotiations.”
Before this current political climate I never really had a chip on my shoulder when it came to labor unions.
I always believed in the right for people to peaceably assemble but with these union thugs and their cry baby antics my attitude in regards to labor unions have completely changed.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union is on strike in Hawaii.
Recent storms have knock out power on the island of Ohau leaving 8,000 residents without power and where is the union?
Right when you need them the most… THEY ABANDON!
This happened a few months ago in New York, the union workers didn’t clear the streets after a heavy snow fall.
It seems that abandonment has become a big part of union philosophy
My attitude on unions have completely changed.
Whenever it is in my power I will not purchase a union made product, or do business in a union controlled establishment.
I will not contribute to these lazy, dope smoking, communistic, over payed and under worked cry babies!
I will not lend any support to these democrat party special interest groups!
I have bought my last American made car and I will look for the union label- when found I will purchase from another source.
The governor of Hawaii is encouraging the unions and their employers to keep talking and to negotiate a solution.
A real leader would order these union clowns back to work or face the consequences, unfortunately the governor is a democrat and 8,000 of his constituents are without power until God knows when.
Hawaii voted for this guy and now they have to suck it up and lie in the bed that they had made.
Maybe next election the people of Hawaii will vote for a conservative instead.