Hawaiian Telcom union rejects contract offer

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Posted: Dec 14, 2011 11:29 AM
Hawaiian Telcom union rejects contract offer

Hawaiian Telcom workers have rejected the company's latest contract offer.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 1357 said in a message on its website Tuesday members voted down the offer by a vote of 283 to 216.

The message says the negotiating team is reviewing all options. Union leaders are scheduled to discuss the vote results with the company on Wednesday.

The offer called for employee health care insurance premium contributions to rise to 5 percent in 2012 and 10 percent in 2013. It also included up to 10 weeks of fully paid benefits annually for sick leave, instead of up to 26 weeks currently and eight week in the prior offer.

The union has roughly 700 members. They account for about half of the utility's workers.