The Hawaii Government Employees Association is Hawaii’s largest labor union, with about 43,000 members statewide. The association represents seven of the 13 public state and county collective bargaining units.
The bargaining units, which include supervisory and non-supervisory blue-collar and white-collar positions, also include about 10,000 state and county government retirees.
The union represents its members on issues regarding wages, hours and terms and conditions of employment.
HGEA headquarters is located on Oahu. Division offices are located on Oahu, Big Island, Maui and Kauai.
Randy Perreira has served as HGEA’s executive director since 2008.
Managerial employees of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply started HGEA in 1934, in response to a pay cut.
The Hawaii Legislature passed the Hawaii Public Employment Collective Bargaining Law in 1970, giving collective bargaining rights to public employees.
Today, the seven bargaining units represented by HGEA include educational staff (not including teachers), University of Hawaii systems’ administrative, professional and technical employees, registered professional nurses and professional and scientific employees.
The organization was initially non-partisan and non-political, but its legislative and political influence have grown substantially and now include the HGEA Political Action Committees and the HGEA Committee on Community Action.
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Honolulu, HI 96813
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