Hawaii hit by tug strike

Hawaii hit by tug strike

Commercial sea transportation around the Hawaiian Islands was disrupted as 60 tugboat workers walked off the job Friday.

Talks between the union representing the workers and officials from Young Brothers-Hawaiian Tug and Barge broke off Thursday night.

The company, responsible for transporting everything from food to appliances among Hawaii's six main islands, was operating on a limited schedule.

It canceled three barge sailings, as well as future sailings until further notice. The three cancellations were headed from Oahu to Maui, the Big Island and Kauai. Another loaded barge destined for Lanai remained in Honolulu Harbor.

Workers began picketing along Honolulu piers outside company headquarters. The Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific is not required to give an advance strike notice.

Union officials said the unresolved issue in negotiations was accrued time off.

The company operates a fleet of 13 tugs and ten barges. Hawaiian Tug provides towing and ship assistance while Young Brothers provides interisland cargo service.