MECO Strike Ends After Following 5-Island Vote
By Wendy Osher
The week-long electrical worker strike ends this afternoon with union members approving a new contract, according to our sources.
Details of the deal and confirmation of the strike end by union officials was not immediately available.
The new contract will take effect through October 31, 2013.
“We look forward to welcoming our union employees back to work,” said Dick Rosenblum, Hawaiian Electric president and CEO. “We sincerely appreciate the patience of our customers during this process,” he said.
The union went on strike on March 4, a settlement agreement was reached on March 7, and the ratification votes concluded on March 10.
IBEW represents approximately 1,280 workers (about 54% of employees) at the three companies, which provide electric service for Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and the Big Island.
The news comes following ratification votes on five islands. The voting took place for union workers at Maui Electric Company on Wednesday, at Hawaiian Electric Industries on the Big Island on Thursday, and at Hawaiian Electric on Oahu today.
During the strike thousands of Oahu customers lost power during bad weather. Here on Maui outages were reported in Kaanapali and Wailuku during the strike.