Annual paid time off for members of Hawaii’s largest labor union would grow from 21 days to 30 days under a proposed contract.
The Hawaii Government Employees Association contract includes the equivalent of nine days off as part of a deal that ends two-day-a-month furloughs, cuts pay by 5 percent and increases worker health costs.
The additional paid time off compensates government employees for returning to work on former furlough days. The days couldn’t be carried forward from year to year.
Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle said on “Insights” on PBS Hawaii the new time off makes the deal closer to a 3.5 percent pay cut.
Republicans in the Hawaii House said the 5 percent reduction from employees’ base pay is actually a raise after furloughs shrunk pay about 10 percent.