STRIKE: Governor, Rep. Pine react to HECO walk out

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gov. Neil Abrecrombie issued a statement Friday about their union strike by Hawaiian Electric workers.

"I have spoken with leaders of Hawaiian Electric Company and the union," Abrecrombie said. "My thought is that they can set aside their respective positions during this emergency situation until the public's safety is taken care of.

"The most important thing right now is restoring electric services for residents and ensuring their health and security then resume negotiations."

Rep. Kimberly Pine (R-43rd District, Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point, Puuloa) has asked the governor to declare a state of emergency.

Pine says her constituents, many who are without electrical power tonight, were caught totally unprepared and this is a "man made disaster by choice."

Pine says it "unacceptable for the union to put their negotiations before the health and safety of the community."

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