Labor Unions In Hawaii

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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.

Labor Unions In Hawaii
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