STRIKE : HECO, union reach tentative deal

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –  Hawaiian Electric Co. and its union workers have reached a tentative agreement Monday to end the four day long strike.

The deal will be finalized later today, according to a union spokesperson

The strike is still officially on, but Local 1260 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is allowing is members to stand down the picket lines.

According to the union, the company has reinstated medical coverage.

The union went on struck against Hawaiian Electric on Friday afternoon, while thousands of customers in Ewa Beach and Kapolei were without power following windy rain storms.

Amid complaints from offline residents and a call from Gov. Neil Abercrombie to put aside differences, Hawaiian Electric management proposed a return to the bargaining table with the presence of a mediator, and IBEW leadership agreed.

They met Sunday and bargained until midnight before adjourning without a specific time to return to negotiations. Both sides limited their public remarks and avoided discussion of specific sticking points.

Union members said earlier, however, that key issues for them included company proposals to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 and a plan for a two-tier wage structure that would pay future hires less than what current employees make.

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