NLRB dismisses IBEW's complaint against Hawaiian Telcom
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has dismissed an unfair labor practices charge filed by IBEW Local Union 1357 against Hawaiian Telcom (Nasdaq: HCOM).
In January, the IBEW decided to challenge what the telco said was its Last, Best and Final Offer for a new labor contract.
Last December, the IBEW, which had rejected Hawaiian Telcom's previously updated collective bargaining agreement (CBA), told the telco that it will be filing a legal challenge of the bargaining process.
NLRB said its decision to dismiss the case was based on the facts that revealed that the service provider and the IBEW "had bargained in good faith to a valid impasse as of January 1, 2012."
While it knows that the union will likely appeal NLRB's decision, Hawaiian Telcom and the IBEW continue discussions.
Hawaiian Telcom is, of course, just one of three U.S.-based telcos that are in the process of negotiating with their wireline unions. AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) are also in the process of negotiating new contracts covering the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and IBEW union wireline workers in their respective regions.
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