A three-member arbitration panel has awarded pay raises to approximately 850 people of the Hawaii Government Employees Association Bargaining Unit 6.
Unit 6 is made up of educational officers, including principals, vice-principals and other school and district level educational officers.
The employees are getting an 18 percent pay increase over four years from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2017.
In addition, the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund health insurance premiums, which by law cannot be determined by an arbitration panel, was settled between the union and employer to mirror other HGEA bargaining unit agreements with 60 percent/40 percent employer/employee split retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014.
The arbitration hearing dates back to Oct. 21, 2013.
The arbitration panel consisted of Irene Pu'uohau, union representative; Annette Anderson, employer representative; and Richard N. Block, neutral arbitrator and chair of the arbitration panel.
"This arbitration decision provided an opportunity for both parties to present the facts of the situation in an objective way. Our educational officers, who have expanded duties, have a tremendous responsibility and often dedicate additional time and hours because of their deep commitment to our schools and children’s education," said HGEA Executive Director Randy Perreira. "As Mr. Block stated in his decision, '… this award is justified given the greater range of responsibilities of the members of BU 06.'"
"I would like to commend our educational officers for their leadership and dedication every day in our public schools and for being an integral part in helping to move our education system forward for the future of Hawaii’s students, families and communities," said Perreira.