HELCO strike not causing major issues on Big Island

HILO, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - On the Big Island, we're told by Hawai Electric Light Company officials that so far, no picketing is taking place in front of the company's headquarters.

A HELCO spokesperson says there are no major outages, and the transition went smoothly Friday afternoon, shortly after the strike was called.

A total of 240 IBEW workers have walked off the job on the Big Island. They've been replaced by 117 non-unionized workers.

We're told the call center is up and running, but there is one change for customers. Electric payments are not being accepted at KTA stores.

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