State, counties sign 4-year UPW blue collar contract

Contract includes consecutive 2% pay raises

Published  5:25 PM HST Apr 29, 2013
HONOLULU -

Following the ratification of a collective bargaining agreement by members of United Public Workers Bargaining Unit 1, Gov. Neil Abercrombie joined Mayors Alan Arakawa, Kirk Caldwell and Bernard Carvalho; UPW State Director Dayton Nakanelua; Hawaii Health Systems Corporation President/CEO Bruce Anderson; and others to sign a four-year contract Monday for Hawaii’s blue collar public employees.

"This agreement demonstrates the positive result of negotiating in the spirit of partnership between the state, counties and the UPW," said Gov. Abercrombie.  "This four-year contract is a good deal for BU1 members, and it’s a win for taxpayers because of its affordability, allowing for compensation over the duration of a longer termed contract."

The governor also acknowledged the efforts of University of Hawaii at Manoa Industrial Relations Center Director Joyce Najita, whose mediation services greatly contributed to achieving consensus.

Effective July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2017, the four-year agreement includes consecutive 2 percent pay raises beginning Oct. 1, 2013, and thereafter every April 1 and October 1 for the duration of the contract.  The contract also stipulates that the employer will pay a dollar amount for health insurance, based on 60 percent of a Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund benchmark plan.

In addition, improvements were made in contract language concerning consecutive hours worked, stand-by pay, military leave, and consultative calls.

Bargaining Unit 1 is composed of blue collar public workers employed by the State of Hawaii, including the Department of Education, University of Hawaii, Judiciary, and Hawaii Health Care System, as well as the counties.

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