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UPW, state reach tentative agreement on four-year contract

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:52 p.m. HST, Apr 19, 2013

The United Public Workers and the state have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie's spokeswoman, Louise Kim McCoy, confirmed that a tentative agreement had been reached with the blue-collar union but would not provide any additional details. A separate source said the deal would cover four years.

"Now it's in the hands of the UPW unit 1 membership," McCoy said.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association ratified a new four-year contract this week that could cost the state upwards of $350 million. Lawmakers will be able to consider the new contract for teachers as they finalize the state's two-year budget next week. Now, lawmakers will at least be aware that a tentative deal has been reached with UPW, which could influence spending decisions on tax incentives and new state programs.

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Steve96785 wrote:
Funny. Within minutes of the state's agreement with HSTA the media had the general details before teachers saw the specifics. With UPW, we're given no clues at all. Maybe because UPW is a real union, and HSTA is a joke? Now it's time for the final shoe to fall with HGEA, who will no doubt get the best deal of all.
on April 19,2013 | 05:57PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
No such thing as a real union. All are shibai, all artificially raise the cost of govt for everyone, all encourage govt waste and inefficiency. Why do you think our state/county govts are so inept? Why taxes are so high? Why in turn our state has such a bad business climate?
on April 19,2013 | 11:29PM
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