Business Manager Ahakuelo & Local 1260 Staff Briefed on Pending Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger

Business Manager/Financial Secretary Brian Ahakuelo and members of the Local 1260 leadership staff attended an IBEW Telecommunications briefing today on the pending merger of broadcast giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable.  Attendees were updated on the status of the proposed merger, currently under review by the Federal Communications Commission and the United States Department of Justice, and its possible impacts on IBEW members should the merger be approved.  

If granted, the resulting media conglomerate will not only affect the lives and livelihoods of thousands of Time Warner employees across the country, it will also significantly impact the general public by creating a media empire that could monopolize both broadcast cable and broadband internet services across a vast portion of the United States including Hawaii, where Oceanic Time Warner Cable is a major cable and internet provider.

Following the briefing, Ahakuelo and Senior Executive Assistant Lee Ann Miyamura, Executive Assistant Jennifer Estencion and Director of Media & Communications Russell Yamanoha met with representatives of other IBEW Locals to learn of their current dealings with Comcast signatories.  They also met with local unions currently affiliated with Time Warner signatories to hear their concerns in the face of the proposed merger and to discuss the successes and/or setbacks those locals have seen in their dealings with the company.  The Local 1260 staff will use this information to formulate a proactive strategy to be able to represent our affected members in their best interests.

"These types of meetings are very important in terms of member representation," said Ahakuelo, "We are fortunate in this Local Union to have forged a synergistic and productive relationship with all of our broadcast partners in Hawaii but across the country, other unions are having a very difficult time in dealing with anti-union companies like Comcast.

"By working together with other IBEW locals, we are better and best equipped to see potential changes in Hawaii before they happen.  In this way, we are able to be proactive and manage those changes to produce the best possible outcomes for our members," Ahakuelo added, "That's what our members expect from us and what I demand from my staff."

 


 

 

Business Manager Ahakuelo Announces Seven Person Panel to Administer Local 1260’s Scholarship Fund 

Business Manager Brian Ahakuelo is happy to announce that seven prominent members of Hawaii’s business, civic and political communities have been selected as the first administrators of the brand new Local 1260 Scholarship Fund.  The group will be charged with reviewing all applications and responsible for the awarding of scholarships, which will be open only to the children of Local 1260 members.

 

The administrators are:

Arnold Baptiste – President; Hawaii-Western Management Group

Kristina Lockwood – President & General Manager of KHON-2 Television

Sam Cadelinia – Control Technician, Hawaiian Electric Company

State Senator Donna Mercado Kim - Senate President

Dr. Matthew Friedman – Professor of Economics; Chaminade University

Alexander Fergus – Principal; Fergus & Company, LLC

Ian Clagstone – Managing Partner; Standard Commercial R.E. Advisors

 

The Local 1260 Scholarship Golf Tournament will serve as the Fund’s chief benefactor with its inaugural edition set for February 14, 2015 at the Hapuna Prince Golf Club on the Big Island of Hawaii.

“We’ve instituted many ways to give back to our communities,” said Business Manager Brian Ahakuelo.  “But this Scholarship Fund (and Golf Tournament) provides a method for us to be able to give back directly to our members and to make a positive impact on the lives of their families.”

Ahakuelo added, “We have assembled a strong team of professionals that will dutifully serve our members in the administration of this scholarship."

 


 

 

Local 1260 Members with the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative Test LEDs as First Step in Street Light Replacement

Local 1260 Members with the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative have started testing energy-efficient LED street lights at four locations as part of its plan to retrofit 3,500 fixtures owned by the County of Kauaʻi and the State of Hawaiʻi.

The newest LED lights use one-third the energy of traditional high-pressure sodium lights, potentially providing significant savings to government agencies.  The county, which is KIUC’s largest customer, spends about $1 million a year on 2,900 street lights. The state has 582 lights on Kauaʻi.

This is the first time in Hawaiʻi that an island’s entire inventory of street lights will be switched to LEDs.

LED lights are being tested at four sites: Hardy Street in Līhuʻe, from the county complex to Wilcox Elementary School; Kaumualiʻi Highway near the new Hōkūlei Village shopping center in Līhuʻe; Kūhiō Highway at Wailuā Beach near the old Coco Palms hotel; and Haleilio Road in Wailuā Houselots.

For the next two to three months, the lights will be evaluated for durability, ease of installation and light quality.

The new lights are controlled electronically, making it simple to adjust them by season and time of day and to turn individual lights on and off. The brightness level can be changed remotely and the system reports when a light is out, speeding up replacement.

 


 

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