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6 unions endorse Caldwell for mayor

By B.J. Reyes


Six labor unions announced Thursday their endorsement of former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell for Honolulu mayor.

Collectively, the unions represent about 7,200 current and retired workers from a cross-section of construction and building industries.

Endorsements were announced by the Plumbers & Fitters Local 675, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186, Elevator Constructors Local 126, Insulators and Allied Workers Local 132, Boilermakers Local 627 and Iron Workers Local 625.

"Our history of working with Kirk as managing director and (acting) mayor has been very positive and productive for the working families and members of our unions and we support Kirk Caldwell for mayor," said Reginald Castanares, business manager and financial secretary for the plumbers union.

Caldwell is running against incumbent Mayor Peter Carlisle and former Gov. Ben Cayetano.

The six unions also endorsed Caldwell in his unsuccessful run for mayor in 2010. Union leaders said they did not interview either of the other candidates in making their choice this year.

Caldwell also has been endorsed by the Hawaii Government Employees Association, the United Public Workers, the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers and the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association.

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loquaciousone wrote:
Who cares what the unions want and think?
on March 22,2012 | 12:52PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Plenty of us.
on March 22,2012 | 01:56PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
I could be wrong, but I think that the Ironworkers supported Carlisle last time around.
on March 22,2012 | 02:02PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Now I know who NOT to vote for.
on March 22,2012 | 02:04PM
pakeheat wrote:
yep, unions are "GREEDY" and "CONTROL" the politicians, so what do you think about Caldwell?
on March 22,2012 | 03:00PM
Bruddah_Shane wrote:
Union labor. Twice the cost for less service.
on March 22,2012 | 03:06PM
kainalu wrote:
I voted for Caldwell the last time. But Carlise has done a good enough job for me to consider him this go-around. Having voted for him both terms for Governor previously, Ben left the State in shambles. So much so, a Democratic constituency voted in a Republican the next go-around. "Anyone but Ben" is my final position.
on March 22,2012 | 04:08PM
Grimbold wrote:
Untrue kainalu, when Ben became Governer Hawaii experienced a severe nationwide downturn. His only "sin" was to stand up to greedy demands of public worker's unions when there was no money. His only fault was to stand up for the shaken taxpayer.I will vote the lone responsible candidate: Ben
on March 22,2012 | 06:31PM
Nesmith wrote:
HSTA endorsed him too.
on March 22,2012 | 05:44PM
jusjoking wrote:
Funny, I wonder what they think now that he's started to waffle on rail?
on March 22,2012 | 06:22PM
Grimbold wrote:
Unions love weak candidates who will not stand up to their demands and will abandon tax payers.. Any union endorsement should be a warning sign to not elect that candidate.
on March 22,2012 | 06:27PM
Changalang wrote:
What a shocker !................."Changalang wrote: The father of HART, ex-Mayor Caldwell who approved/crafted the ballot initiative language, will be getting very public endorsements from a bunch of unions this morning. The Mayor's race is finally taking an inevitable path. Kirk can only push forward if he takes Peter down for the Pro-Rail Primary spot. Phase 2, will be to drag Ben down under 50% to prompt a General runoff in November. The machine is making its move today with the union endorsements. on March 22,2012 | 06:41AM "
on March 22,2012 | 06:57PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Public worker union support is not a good thing anymore, probably hurts more than it helps.
on March 22,2012 | 09:40PM
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