From a press release Tuesday (June 25):

For the first time in 34 years, the Hawaii Government Employees Association has a new collective bargaining unit to add to the seven units it already represents. The Senate bill, which was signed into law on June 21 and becomes effective July 1, 2013, establishes Bargaining Unit 14 to represent state law enforcement officers and state and county ocean safety and water safety officers. …

Approximately 700 members, who currently belong to HGEA’s Bargaining Unit 3 (white collar, non-supervisory employees) and Bargaining Unit 4 (white collar supervisors), will be affected by this change. HGEA is now seeking the approval of the Hawaii Labor Relations Board regarding the composition of Bargaining Unit 14.

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Courtesy ERiC.CHU.

—Chad Blair