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Hawaiian Electric strike over, IBEW ratifies new contract

MEDIA RELEASE

Union employees of Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company (MECO) and Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO), who are represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 1260, have voted to ratify a new contract that will be in 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.”

The union went on strike on March 4. A settlement agreement was reached on March 7.

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.

UPDATED MEDIA RELEASE (3/12/11)

With the recent ratification of the contract for its union employees, Hawaii Electric Light Company normal customer service hours and operations will resume as of Monday, 3/14/11.

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