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Electrical workers union now supports Hawaiian Electric deal

HONOLULU (AP) - An electrical workers union is now saying it supports NextEra Energy Inc.'s proposed purchase of Hawaiian Electric Industries after being in opposition of the sale since it was announced in December.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1260 had previously opposed HEI's sale to NextEra because the Florida-based company hadn't committed to training union workers for new jobs.

Local 1260 said Tuesday that it has changed its stance after reaching an agreement with NextEra. The company in a written statement said it would train union workers for new technology jobs and promised no layoffs for two years after the sale's closing.

The Public Utilities commission has to approve NextEra's proposal before the sale can be finalized.

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