STRIKE: Hawaiian Telcom workers hit the picket line

Harold Dias
Harold Dias
Scott Simon
Scott Simon

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some 700 Hawaiian Telcom employees are on a two-day strike.

Technicians and call center workers hit the picket line in front of the Hawaiian Telcom offices on Bishop Street Thursday morning. Some officers with HPD's Civil Affairs Unit shifted from APEC duties to the picket line.

"We feel that we were forced into this position," Harold Dias, IBEW international representative, said. "It was the company that gave us their last, best and final offer. You know, there's a lot of talk about whether this was strategic by the union with the APEC. That had nothing to do with it."

IBEW Local 1357 says the strike will end at 8 PM Friday.

Hawaiian Telcom has activated readiness plans to minimize service disruptions during the work stoppage, but cautions that delays can be expected.

"While we hope to return to normal operations soon, we sincerely apologize to our customers for any temporary inconvenience due to the union's action and ask for their patience and understanding during this period," Scott Simon, Hawaiian Telcom, said. "Our Last, Best and Final Offer demonstrates a commitment to ensuring that our employees continue to receive competitive pay and very favorable benefits."

Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday filed an unfair labor practice motion against IBEW, which says it will post a 'Hall of Shame' page on its web site naming employee, vendors and customers who cross its picket lines during a strike. IBEW confirms its intention but says its own attorneys have advised the union that this is not a prohibited labor practice.

The IBEW web site this morning mentions:

  • Offshoring of local jobs
  • Outsourcing  of local jobs to mainland companies
  • CEO rewarded for poor leadership
  • Hourly employees have to pay for CEO's mistakes
  • Members are not asking for any increases; just keep our benefits the same!
  • Please come and join us at our RALLY on Friday, November 11, 2011, from 4-6pm at 1177 Bishop Street

We will have the latest on the strike on Hawaii News Now beginning at 5 p.m.

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