Rep. Oshiro nominated to head state Labor Board
Gov. David Ige has nominated state Rep. Marcus Oshiro as the new chairman of the Hawaii Labor Relations Board.
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Gov. David Ige has nominated state Rep. Marcus
Oshiro as the new chairman of the Hawaii Labor Relations Board.
The previous chairman, Kerry M. Komatsubara, resigned in November from the position, which pays $120,876 a year.
Oshiro (D, Wahiawa-Whitmore Village) has been nominated to fill out Komatsubara’s unfinished term ending June 30, and also to serve an additional six-year term that would end June 30, 2024.
“Marcus is a respected leader who knows and understands the issues, and he has the background and experience to step right in to fill this very important role,” Ige said in a written statement. “This will be a new opportunity for him to use his talent and skills on behalf of the public, and I have every confidence in him.”
Oshiro, 58, was first elected to the state House in 1994 and is a former House Democratic majority leader.
He was also chairman of the powerful House Finance Committee from 2007 to 2012, a position that gave him a great deal of clout and control over state spending during and after the Great Recession.
Oshiro lost that position when the House reorganized and named Maui Rep. Joe Souki as the new speaker, and Rep. Sylvia Luke replaced Oshiro as the head of the Finance Committee. Since then Oshiro has been part of a dissident faction in the House.
He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and obtained his law degree from Willamette University College of Law.
Oshiro also served as a Honolulu deputy prosecutor and as a staff attorney in the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii Consumer Unit.
Oshiro said he hopes to remain in office next month to give him time to hold a final community meeting with his constituents to thank them. He then plans to resign from office in late September to begin his new job.
Ige will appoint Oshiro’s replacement in the House from a list of names provided by Democratic Party officials from Oshiro’s House district.
“I am humbled by Gov. Ige’s nomination to serve as the chairperson of the Hawaii Labor Relations Board,” Oshiro said in a prepared statement. “With the Senate’s approval, I look forward to ensuring our labor laws are applied fairly and consistently with the principles of collective bargaining in promoting the harmonious and cooperative relations between the parties.”
The Senate Labor Committee will consider Oshiro’s nomination at a hearing at 2:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 225 of the state Capitol. The full Senate is expected to vote on the nomination during the special session that ends Friday.