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Labor Unions in Hawaii

Public Employee Unions

Hawaii’s four public-employee unions have a total membership that exceeds 75,000. The unions promote employee rights and benefits through collective bargaining and legislative and political advocacy.

The Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) is the state’s largest union, private or public sector, with about 44,000 members comprised of blue- and white-collar workers at various levels. State and county employees are divided into 13 collective bargaining units, and HGEA exclusively represents of seven units. The HGEA’s executive director is Randy Perreira.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) has about 13,000 members who work at K-12 schools in the Hawaii Department of Education. Its president is Wil Okabe.

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) represents faculty at the UH system of three main campuses and seven community colleges. The executive director is J.N. Musto.

The United Public Workers (UPW) has about 14,000 members in blue-collar positions including non-professional health, institutional and correctional workers. The UPW state director is Dayton Nakanelua.

Lawmakers, Governor Seek Compromise On Maui Hospital Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers, Governor Seek Compromise On Maui Hospital Bill

UPDATED: The Legislature plans to amend the vetoed measure next week to provide severance pay to unionized workers, address legal flaws in the legislation and honor union contracts.

Lawmakers May Call Special Session To Aid Maui Hospital Workers Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Lawmakers May Call Special Session To Aid Maui Hospital Workers

UPDATED: Gov. Ige has said he might veto a current aid bill, calling $40 million in severance or pension bonuses to public employees “too generous.”

Police Union Wants Final Say On Body Cams Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Union Wants Final Say On Body Cams

The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers wants more control over rules for the cameras, which are meant to improve accountability and transparency.

SCOTUS Tie A Win For Hawaii Unions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

SCOTUS Tie A Win For Hawaii Unions

A ruling in favor of the California teacher suing her union could have had major ramifications for organized labor in Hawaii.

Another Union, Another Raise: Who’s To Say There’s No Money?

Another Union, Another Raise: Who’s To Say There’s No Money?

Arbitrator decision presents differing narrative about economy despite Honolulu's budget woes.
Unions Spared From Taxes After Honolulu Mayor Defers His Own Bill Flickr: RambergMediaImages

Unions Spared From Taxes After Honolulu Mayor Defers His Own Bill

Caldwell says he pulled his bill after council chairman introduced an amended measure that went too far.
Why Didn’t Hawaii Counties Fight Back Against SHOPO Contract? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Why Didn’t Hawaii Counties Fight Back Against SHOPO Contract?

Arbitrator says counties did poor job of making a case against hundreds of millions of dollars in wage increases for cops.
Hawaii Signs Another Union Contract, But At What Cost?

Hawaii Signs Another Union Contract, But At What Cost?

State inks UPW deal as lawmakers fail to find money for new initiatives.
Budgeting Blind: Pending Union Negotiations Leave Blanks on Balance Sheet

Budgeting Blind: Pending Union Negotiations Leave Blanks on Balance Sheet

Arbitration award, HSTA agreement will likely set a 3 percent pay raise precedent.
Hawaii Teachers Union Ramps Up Protests Amid Contract Stalemate Courtesy: Hawaii Teachers Work To The Rules

Hawaii Teachers Union Ramps Up Protests Amid Contract Stalemate

HSTA hopes public pressure will compel state to make a better offer.
Lawsuit: Hawaii IBEW Chief Wanted Hitman To Take Out His Enemies

Lawsuit: Hawaii IBEW Chief Wanted Hitman To Take Out His Enemies

But union leader says the allegations are bogus.
New Hawaii Teacher Contract Nowhere in Sight

New Hawaii Teacher Contract Nowhere in Sight

HSTA president ups insults, threats to governor as standoff continues.

July 2016

Tuesday, July 12

Lawmakers, Governor Seek Compromise On Maui Hospital Bill

Friday, July 8

Lawmakers May Call Special Session To Aid Maui Hospital Workers

Wednesday, July 6

Police Union Wants Final Say On Body Cams

March 2016

Thursday, March 31

SCOTUS Tie A Win For Hawaii Unions

December 2013

Sunday, December 22

Another Union, Another Raise: Who’s To Say There’s No Money?

September 2013

Thursday, September 19

Unions Spared From Taxes After Honolulu Mayor Defers His Own Bill

August 2013

Friday, August 23

Why Didn’t Hawaii Counties Fight Back Against SHOPO Contract?

April 2013

Tuesday, April 30

Hawaii Signs Another Union Contract, But At What Cost?

March 2013

Tuesday, March 26

Budgeting Blind: Pending Union Negotiations Leave Blanks on Balance Sheet

November 2012

Monday, November 12

Hawaii Teachers Union Ramps Up Protests Amid Contract Stalemate

July 2012

Tuesday, July 31

Lawsuit: Hawaii IBEW Chief Wanted Hitman To Take Out His Enemies

Tuesday, July 24

New Hawaii Teacher Contract Nowhere in Sight

May 2012

Thursday, May 24

Pro-Rail Union Group Ups Ante Against Cayetano

Thursday, May 10

HSTA President Okabe in Labor Board’s Hot Seat

March 2012

Thursday, March 22

Kirk Caldwell, Friend of the Working Man

Wednesday, March 7

Are Honolulu Rail Backers’ New Radio Ads Accurate?

Thursday, March 1

Hawaii Grad Students Fight for Collective Bargaining Rights

February 2012

Friday, February 3

Back Into The Lion’s Den, Cayetano Asking for Professors’ Support

Wednesday, February 1

Labor Board Expedites Teachers Union Case

January 2012

Tuesday, January 31

Loophole for Collective Bargaining in Hawaii?

Friday, January 13

Teacher Agreement Better Than ‘Last, Best and Final’? Too Soon To Say

December 2011

Saturday, December 17

Still No Resolution on HGEA’s Favored Nation Perk

Thursday, December 15

HSTA Focuses On Bond Sale At Labor Hearing Against The State

Friday, December 2

Prediction: HSTA Dispute Won’t End Before 2017

Impasse Law Key To Hawaii’s Defense Against Union Accusations

November 2011

Wednesday, November 30

State to Teachers: Drop Your Complaint and Strike

Thursday, November 10

Judge Shoots Down HSTA Appeal Of Pay Cuts

October 2011

Thursday, October 6

Judge: HSTA Attorney ‘Promoted Confusion’

September 2011

Thursday, September 29

HSTA’s Legal Strategy Is Perplexing

Tuesday, September 27

Supreme Court: Hawaii Teachers Can Strike

August 2011

Tuesday, August 30

HSTA Turns To Supreme Court For Help

Saturday, August 27

The Negotiators Behind Hawaii Teachers Contract

Friday, August 26

Hawaii Teachers Bungling Legal Case Against State?

Friday, August 19

Hawaii Labor Board: And Then There Were Two

Tuesday, August 16

Ethics Question A Snag In Union’s Dispute With State

Monday, August 15

Notes From the Hawaii Labor Relations Board

Not Caring in a Caring Profession?

Thursday, August 11

Abercrombie: State Has Not Met With UPW

Abercrombie Delivers Rousing Pro-Union Speech

Tuesday, August 9

Live Blog: Hawaii Labor Board Hears Teachers’ Complaints Against State

Gov to Keynote Collective Bargaining Convention

Monday, August 8

Unrest In Hawaii Union Ranks Over Arbitration

Friday, August 5

UH Faculty Step Into Teacher Contract Dispute

July 2011

Friday, July 29

Hearings Set For Teachers’ Complaint Against State

Wednesday, July 27

Hawaii Pays $50K For Help In Labor Dispute

Thursday, July 21

Newsmaker: Watch the Interview With HGEA Executive Director Randy Perreira

Tuesday, July 19

Abercrombie vs. Hawaii Teachers: What’s at Stake

June 2011

Thursday, June 30

Are Nurses Worth It? Open Letter to Nurses

May 2011

Tuesday, May 3

HGEA: Public Nurse Pay ‘Woefully’ Behind Private Sector

April 2011

Tuesday, April 26

Inside Honolulu: April 26

February 2011

Friday, February 18

Off The Beat: FBI And Sick Leave/Overtime Fraud

Monday, February 14

Straight Talk From Hawaii Union Rep to His Members

December 2010

Tuesday, December 7

Mayor Shifts Stance on Furloughs

October 2010

Thursday, October 28

Hawaii Unions Donate Just $275K to Campaigns

Labor Unions in Hawaii