HECO workers vote against tentative contract

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The unionized workers at HECO voted to not ratify their contract agreement with the company, which opens the door to a possible strike.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1260, which represents the unionized employees of Hawaiian Electric Company, Maui Electric Company and Hawaii Electric Light Company, released the results of a ratification vote by employees Friday.

The members were voting on a tentative agreement for a new contract which was reached on January 31 between the company and union representatives.

HECO spokesman Darren Pai said the company will meet with the union for further discussions soon.

"Our goal remains to arrive at an agreement that balances the interests of all of our employees and our customers," he said.

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