Hat tip to HECO managers and contractors for working through the night to restore our power, and big middle digit to IBEW union pukes who walked out on us in our time of need.
In typical Union-Democrat fashion, determined to let no good crisis go to waste, IBEW deserted its community yesterday to its own perceived advantage. To bad these selfish, self-serving morons weren’t under contract like the federal flight controllers in 1981 so we could fire all 1,300 of their sorry asses. It’s not like there aren’t those ready and able to take their place in this down economy.
Hawaiian Electric Co. used managers and outside contractors to repair storm-damaged power lines yesterday after its unionized work force walked off the job over a contract dispute.
HECO executives said the strike would slow efforts to restore service to about 8,000 Oahu homes and businesses, mostly in the Ewa Beach area, that were without power last night.
“We do have management crews out there to see what we can do about the Ewa Beach situation in particular this evening, and we will do our best to restore as much of that service as possible,” said Robbie Alm, HECO executive vice president. “I don’t want to guarantee that, obviously, we don’t have our normal full crews out there.”
About 1,300 HECO workers who are members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1260 went on strike at 3:30 p.m. yesterday and began walking picket lines on Oahu, the Big Island and in Maui County.