Hawaii Government Employees Association

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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.

Contact Information

HGEA website

Headquarters Location:
888 Mililani St., Suite 601
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: (808) 543-0000
Fax: (808) 528-4059

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Hawaii Government Employees Association

August 2016

Tuesday, August 30

Election Reveals Limits Of Hawaii’s Biggest Labor Union

July 2016

Monday, July 25

It’s Your Money: Special Session’s Price Tag At Least $10,000

Monday, July 18

Labor Pains: Still No Deal On Bill To Assist Maui Hospital Workers

Friday, July 8

Lawmakers May Call Special Session To Aid Maui Hospital Workers

April 2015

Sunday, April 26

HGEA Reaches New Tentative Contract Agreement

October 2014

Tuesday, October 7

New Law Gives Hawaii Unions Even More Power

August 2014

Monday, August 25

No Surprise: HGEA Endorses Top Democratic Candidates

Friday, August 1

Clayton Hee Says HGEA Radio Ad a Campaign ‘Smear’

October 2013

Saturday, October 12

HGEA Unit 13 Ratifies 4-year Contract

Friday, October 4

HGEA Unit 13 Reaches Tentative Contract Deal

June 2013

Wednesday, June 26

New Law Creates New HGEA Bargaining Unit

May 2013

Wednesday, May 1

HGEA Unit 13 Rejects State’s Contract Settlement Offer

April 2013

Thursday, April 25

Funding for HGEA, HSTA, UPW Union Contract Agreements Approved

HGEA’s Unit 8 Reaches 2-Year Agreement With UH, State

Saturday, April 20

HGEA: Tentative Agreement Reached With State, County Governments

March 2012

Monday, March 5

HGEA Cashing In On ‘Favored Nation’ Perk

February 2012

Tuesday, February 28

UPW, HGEA Endorse Caldwell for Mayor

December 2011

Saturday, December 17

Still No Resolution on HGEA’s Favored Nation Perk

November 2011

Tuesday, November 29

As HGEA Invokes ‘Favored Nation’ Clause, Who Got Better Deal?

September 2011

Tuesday, September 27

HGEA Endorses Hanabusa, Hirono

July 2011

Thursday, July 21

Newsmaker: Watch the Interview With HGEA Executive Director Randy Perreira

May 2011

Tuesday, May 3

HGEA: Public Nurse Pay ‘Woefully’ Behind Private Sector

April 2011

Tuesday, April 26

All HGEA Units But Nurses Ratify New Contract

Friday, April 8

HGEA Deal = Less Pay For Less Work

Thursday, April 7

Hawaii Agrees To New HGEA Labor Contract

August 2010

Wednesday, August 11

HGEA: ‘Working Together’ for Mufi, Kirk and Brian