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Hawaiian Electric and IBEW reach tentative contract agreement

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Editor

The threat of a strike by the electrical workers across the state looks to have been thwarted.

A tentative contract agreement was announced in a statement late Monday.

Hawaiian Electric Company and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company and Hawaii Electric Light Company, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 1260, have reached a tentative settlement of their labor contract.

Details of the agreement were not made available.

The contract agreement must still be ratified by the union membership. A ratification vote has not yet been scheduled.

Members of the IBEW were working under an extension, after the original contract expired Oct. 31, 2010.

IBEW represents approximately 1,280 workers (54 percent of all employees) for the three companies, which provide electric service for Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii Island.

The union and utility negotiated through the end of the last contract, which expired Oct. 31, 2007. A new contract was not settled until March 2008; union members did not strike during those negotiations.

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