Posted by: loomisisc | November 18, 2009

Labor Unions Sign Rail Agreement with Honolulu City Officials

Today, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanneman held a press conference for the signing of the Rapid Transit Stabilization Agreement (RTSA).

The goals of the RTSA include utilizing local labor for high quality work, on time and on budget. The mayor also stated that the agreement will avoid slowdowns and work stoppages.

This “partnership is a working relationship,” said Mayor Hanneman beside labor union leaders, in a conference room packed with reporters and laborers alike. In attendance were signatories to the agreement including: Ronald Taketa of the Hawaii Carpenters Local 745, Joe O’Donnell of the International Brotherhood of Ironworkers Local 625, Peter Iriarte of the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craft Workers Local 1, Vaughn Chong of the International Union of Painters & Allied Craft Workers Local 1791, Peter Gamban of the Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ International Association Local 630 , and William Mahoe of the Operating Engineers Local 3.

Taketa, of Local 745, thanked the mayor and his staff for making “this historic agreement a reality,” he said.

Also today, Lance Wilhelm of Kiewit Pacific Co., formally signed off on the first construction contract. Mayor Hanneman additionally announced that tomorrow, November 18th, the city will open a request for proposals for construction on the second phase of the rail line from Pearl City Highlands to Aloha Stadium.

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanneman at Today's Press Conference

Kiewit's Lance Wilhelm (right) and the City's Chief Procurement Officer, Rix Mauer (left) formally sign the first construction contract of the rail project as Mayor Hanneman and Managing Director, Kirk Caldwell look on.

Hawaii labor representatives sign off on the Rapid Transit Stabilization Agreement.


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