IBEW 1260

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About Us - IBEW1260


Representing over 3,000 electrical workers

Local 1260 is one of the most diversified Locals in the IBEW. We represent over 3,100 members ranging from the Utility Sector, Broadcasting, to the Service Contract Act Workers from Hawaii to Guam.

Each decade of Local 1260 is an important chapter of its existence. Today, we face the same battles our founding members endured 70 years ago of anti-union sentiment, unfavorable legislative acts, and economic issues. Despite these hardships then and now, Local 1260 through the guidance and effective leadership and with the unity of all its members will continue to strive for the rights and interests of every member.



The first IBEW Local in Hawai`i was chartered in January 1901 to organize workers at Pearl Harbor. It was dissolved in July 1906.

On June 2, 1941, the current Charter of Local 1260 was issued. The members consisted of 84 employees of the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) who were primarily employed in the Distribution Department. Building on this momentum, the Local also managed to organize the trades and crafts and clerical employees at HECO. As a result of this successful organizing, the Local Union was certified in 1942 after it won a National Labor Relations Board election to represent the trades and crafts employees of HECO.

Local 1260 continued organizing by winning bargaining rights and negotiating rights of Hilo Electric Co. in 1943, Maui Electric Co. in 1944, and Molokai Electric Co. in 1945. By 1967, all of the electrical company local unions would merge under Local 1260.

The first contract Local 1260 negotiated was with HECO. It was signed in 1943 and was from May 1943 through June 1944. The contract provided, among other things, a 10-cent hourly raise, a paid two-week vacation after one year of employment, 11 unpaid holidays, and a 4-step grievance procedure.

In 1952, due to organizational problems in Local 1357, Mutual Telephone, now known as Hawaiian Telcom, was dissolved and merged into Local 1260. This brought together all the members at the telephone and electrical companies’ into Local 1260, which consisted of 9 units. By 1970 Local 1260 had approximately 3,400 members. In December 1970, that number would drop to 1,700 when 2,700 members of the telephone company were transferred to the re-chartered Local 1357.

In June 1954, KGMB-TV was the first television station to be organized by Local 1260. Thereafter, all other privately owned television stations were also organized.

Throughout the next decades Local 1260 would diversify and successfully organize employees at Easy Appliance Co., (now Servco Pacific), American Telephone Answering Service (later known as ABLE-Answering Service), various sound shops, Standard Oil Company Refinery (Chevron), NASA Tracking Station on Kauai, Pacific Missile Range, American Machinery, Aina Excavation, Oceanic, WESON, Envision, Davey Tree, and throughout the military bases in Hawai`i under the Service Contract Act.

In the 2000’s, Local 1260 successfully organized the employees at the Naval and Air Force Bases in the Territory of Guam. In 2001, this strengthened Local 1260 and increased membership from 2,000 to almost 2,700.

Today, Local 1260 continues to strengthen the foundation the ten founding members fought for 70 years ago.