Business Manager Ahakuelo Meets with Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui to Discuss Matters of Importance to Local 1260 Members

Local 1260 Business Manager/Financial Secretary Brian Ahakuelo met with Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui this morning to discuss several issues important to both Local 1260 members and cosignatory companies of the Local Union.  Ahakuelo was joined in the meeting by Local 1260 Executive Assistant Lee Ann Miyamura and Director of Communications & Media Russell Yamanoha.

Ahakuelo met for over an hour with Tsutsui to share various initiatives he has planned for the Local Union and to discuss a series of more directed topics.  Primary among those was the current state of affairs between the Public Utilities Commission and the Hawaiian Electric Companies, one of Local 1260's largest affiliated companies.  

Ahakuelo reiterated his support for the Lt. Governor and on behalf of Local 1260, he expressed gratitude for the work of both Lt. Governor Tsutsui and Governor Neil Abercrombie in support of working class families in the State of Hawaii.  Likewise, the Lt. Governor praised Business Manager Ahakuelo for his ability to both set and reach a higher standard for Local 1260 and for Ahakuelo's efforts to improve conditions for all Local 1260 members in both Hawaii and Guam.




                    Rowena Haunani (Honan) Ahakuelo
                               November 19, 1935 - April 4, 2014
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1260 would like to announce the passing of Rowena Haunani Ahakuelo.  Throughout her life, Rowena Ahakuelo was a proud and staunch supporter of Local 1260.  Her work behind-the-scenes helped Local 1260 prosper over the years, and for decades, Mrs. Ahakuelo played a very important support role in the hierarchy of the Local Union.
Mrs. Ahakuelo loved the IBEW and was proud of the important accomplishments of the Local Union over the years, but above all, Rowena Haunani Ahakuelo loved her family.
Rowena is the wife of former Local 1260 Business Manager/Financial Secretary Norman E. Ahakuelo, Mother of current Local 1260 Business Manager/Financial Secretary Brian F. Ahakuelo, Grandmother of Local 1260 Director of Organizing & Training Brandon Ahakuelo and Mother-in-Law of Local 1260 Executive Office Administrator Marilyn Ahakuelo.
The staff and members of IBEW Local 1260 would like to offer its condolences to the entire Ahakuelo family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

Local 1260 Representatives Lead Labor-Management Session with Members of Hawaiian Electric's Management Team
As stipulated in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between Local 1260 and Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and the Hawaii Electric Light Companies, both sides conducted a Labor-Management Committee (LMC) meeting this morning at the Local 1260 Office.  The LMC was negotiated by Business Manager/Financial Secretary Brian Ahakuelo during the last round of contract talks with the Companies.
The purpose of the LMC is to allow the Union to engage in substantive talks with the Companies to address various issues during the course of the contract without having to wait until the contract reaches its next negotiation window in 2018.  By contract agreement, the LMC must meet at least once a quarter over the life of the CBA.  Joining Business Manager Ahakuelo and the Local 1260 leadership team in the LMC, were members Kris Hoke & Blane Pacheco of Hawaii Electric Light, Joseph Ventura of Maui Electric and Jarret Sasaki of Hawaiian Electric.
The committee met for most of the day to collaborate on topics such as the utility's eventual conversion to Liquid Natural Gas, the closure of the Honolulu Power Plant and the reorganization of various work groups within the utility companies.
A major point of emphasis for Business Manager Ahakuelo during today's meeting was to inform the Companies that the Local Union had no intention of deviating from the parameters set forth in this current CBA, nor from any of the provisions that carried over from previous contracts into the current agreement.  The Union's stance remains steadfast that all provisions within the current collective bargaining agreement will remain intact and unchanged.