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3 HGEA units reach tentative settlement with state

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:47 p.m. HST, Apr 20, 2013

Negotiating teams for three Hawaii Government Employees Association bargaining units have reached tentative agreements with state and county government employers for the contract period beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2015.

HGEA Units 2, 3 and 4 represent 15,709 blue-collar supervisory, white-collar supervisory and non-supervisory employees.

The terms of the tentative agreements include 4 percent salary increases for each year and a 60-40 employer/employee split on health insurance premiums.

The agreements must be ratified by membership vote, which will be held from Monday to Wednesday. Voting results are expected to be announced on Wednesday evening.

HGEA Executive Director Randy Perreira said negotiators worked hard to reach agreement on contracts that would improve the standard of living for employees who endured “four years of sacrificing to help our state and counties achieve financial stability.”

Negotiatings are still ongoing for Unit 6 (representing 843 educational officers), Unit 8 (2,347 professional and technical University of Hawaii employees) and Unit 13 (8,071 professional and scientific employees).

In addition, negotiations for Unit 9, which represents 1,681 registered professional nurses, were recently started, following an arbitration panel decision on the unit’s 2011-2013 contract.

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Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Good job Abby! Pandering to unions-- an anachronism of the 20th century, completely irrelevant and useless in today's world-- is just what Hawaii needs. Way to reduce govt spending, kudos!
on April 20,2013 | 08:39PM
whs1966 wrote:
The governor is making nice (hoomalimali) with the unions in preparation for the next election. Once he cannot run for re-election, he will put it to them.
on April 20,2013 | 08:57PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Sure looks like you gave the HSTA the pennys and the others the dollars.
on April 20,2013 | 09:06PM
pcman wrote:
IRT Bdpapa on HGEA and HSTA contracts. Both contract are outrageous. Nobody should get automatic pay raises and medical benefits when the economy cannot support the needs for infrastructure repair, school repair, pre-K education, etc, etc. Get real. We cannot keep gong like this without falling over a fiscal cliff like many cities in California.. Our politicians could care less except to get reelected. Start looking for a new Governorand legislators next time around. One who will manage and govern and not waste our taxes to get reelected. Auwe.
on April 20,2013 | 10:16PM
kulbisb wrote:
Its deals like this that put cities in California on the road to bankruptcy. Its just a matter to time Hawaii till we are just like California, hey but is all for the keiki!!!
on April 20,2013 | 10:31PM
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