IBEW Local 1620 union supports proposed HECO and NextEra merger

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The Hawaii State Association of Electrical Workers announced Monday its full support behind the proposed merger between Hawaiian Electric and NextEra.

The association is comprised of all three Hawaii-based local unions of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, totaling more than 7,000 active members.

In July, IBEW Local 1260 that represents HECO workers gave its conditional support.

After meeting with both sides the union came to an agreement that it says meets the needs of current and future union members.

NextEra also agreed to recognize the union as the sole bargaining agent for all members.

“We wanted to make sure that the consumer was addressed to lower bills to make sure that renewables was going to be met by the year 2045 and all the different offices of the state was taken into account,” said IBEW Local 1260 business manager and financial secretary Brian Ahakuelo.

The deal still needs the approval of the state’s public utilities commission.

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