HECO workers vote to accept new contract, end strike

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Electric Company's union workers are expected to be back on the job Saturday after ratifying a new contract with the utility.

Almost 90 percent of IBEW Local 1260 members voted to approve the contract with HECO and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company in Maui County, and Hawaii Electric Light Company on the Big Island. 

Those workers had been on strike since last Friday. A settlement agreement was reached on Monday. The new contract is in effect through October 31, 2013.

"We look forward to welcoming our union employees back to work," said Dick Rosenblum, Hawaiian Electric president and CEO. "We sincerely appreciate the patience of our customers during this process."

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