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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.

Hawaii Union Works To Overthrow State House Leaders Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Union Works To Overthrow State House Leaders

Through endorsements and contributions, United Public Workers backed old-guard candidates and others who challenged current leadership.

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.
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.
Labor Unions in Hawaii