HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - All three Local Unions of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Hawaii on Friday endorsed Governor Neil Abercrombie's bid for re-election
The governor accepted the endorsements of IBEW Local 1260, Local 1186 and Local 1357 at the Norman E. Ahakuelo Union Hall on South Beretania Street. The unions represent more than 8,000 utility workers, electricians, technicians, contractors, service contractors and defense contractors across the State of Hawaii, the Territory of Guam and Saipan.
"Governor Abercrombie has had to make some tough calls, but the bottom line is he has resolved the fiscal crisis his administration inherited, and deserves another four years to build an even stronger economy, " said Brian Ahakuelo, Business Manager / Financial Secretary of Local 1260.
"In every decision he makes, Governor Abercrombie considers the needs of working men and women," said Damien Kim, Business Manager / Financial Secretary of Local 1186. "That's what leadership is all about, achieving a strong economy, restoring consumer confidence and tackling issues that our members care about, such as improving our public schools."
The governor thanked the IBEW for the endorsement. "Your sense of optimism energizes me," Abercrombie told the members.
He also spoke of the tough choices that were made when he became governor in 2010 and found the state in "fiscal chaos."
"We now have a solid economic foundation that will allow us to champion a host of issues, such as meeting mandates for renewable energy, addressing unfunded liabilities, improving our schools, upgrading our technology and providing a lot more workforce housing units for working men and women and their families," Abercrombie said.