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Services & Benefits

HGEA is run by a skilled and professional staff who provides quality representation and membership services to those in the union’s eight bargaining units, as well as Associate members (composed primarily of retirees, other state and county employees and officials, and federal and private sector employees).

In accordance with HRS Section 89, mandatory statutory dues are automatically payroll deducted from those state and county employees in bargaining units 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 13 and 14 exclusively represented by HGEA. The monthly dues for each employee are calculated individually based on:

(0.008 x straight-time monthly salary*) + AFSCME per capita payment** + Hawaii State AFL-CIO payment

The statutory dues provide employees with representation by HGEA, including contract negotiation. However, in order to receive full membership benefits, employees must complete an HGEA membership application to become a member. It costs nothing more, and you will receive additional discounts and benefits, which make being a part of HGEA even more rewarding. Click here to sign up for new membership.

* The "straight-time monthly salary" is defined as the employee's monthly basic rate of pay, including any differential pay for compression, conversion, permanent, related shortage, retention, salary adjustment, school year, DOE special services adjustment (Unit 13), temporary and shortage amounts received by the employee. Subject to change.
**The "AFSCME per capita payment" varies depending on whether the employee has a full-time or part-time status.

Contract Administration/Negotiations

HGEA is responsible for daily enforcement of the collective bargaining agreements for the more than 27,000 members in Units 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 13 and 14. They are responsible for receiving and investigating member complaints/concerns, and filing/presenting formal grievances. The staff also assists members in reorganizations, consultations, unemployment, and interpretation of rules, regulation, and policies and procedures related to conditions of employment.

To find the HGEA union agent that represents your department or unit, login to your Members Only account and look for the box labeled "My Union Agent". Your bargaining unit and corresponding contract & salary schedule can also be found when you login to your Members Only account.

In addition, HGEA is responsible for negotiating contracts on behalf of the members in the eight bargaining units. During negotiations, the field services officers assist the executive director, who is the chief negotiator, and the negotiating teams in preparing and presenting the union's proposals and arguments in contract talks with the employers.

Political Action and Legislative Action

HGEA plans, organizes and coordinates a wide range of legislative and political action activities. It oversees the endorsement of candidates for elective offices, establishes priorities on HGEA legislation, and develops the HGEA legislative program and political action strategy with the union's political action committees and the executive director. It plans, develops and administers a comprehensive political education program, and coordinates campaign activities, including phone banks, house-to-house canvassing, mailouts, signholding, rallies, PEOPLE (Public Employees Organized to Promote Legislative Equality) program, polls and surveys.

Member Benefits

HGEA provides benefits that go beyond the obligations of what is required under collective bargaining. These benefits complement the union's services, and are specifically designed to enhance the member's personal needs on the job, at home and during leisure time. This includes a variety of products and services from retail outlets statewide, attractive group rates on insurance (auto, homeowners, long term care, life, etc), year-round sports and recreational activities, community involvement, educational classes, scholarship/education funds, and more! Click here to check out these great member benefits.


For managerial and confidential employees excluded from collective bargaining. As an Associate member in the Managerial and Confidential Employees Chapter (MCEC), AFSCME logothese employees have access to most of the same services and benefits as HGEA members. Although by law we cannot bargain or negotiate a contract on your behalf, we try to assure that you receive all the rights and benefits to which you are entitled as a government employee. We provide representation on grievances, civil service commission appeals and other matters affecting your terms and conditions of employment.

HGEA Headquarters &
Oahu Division Office

888 Mililani St., Suite 601
Honolulu, HI 96813-2991
P: (808) 543-0000
F: (808) 528-4059
E: oahudiv@hgea.org
Hawaii Division Office
495 Manono St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4422
P: (808) 935-6841
F: (808) 961-2437
E: hawaiidiv@hgea.org
Maui Division Office
2145 Kaohu St., Suite 206
Wailuku, HI 96793-2257
P: (808) 244-5508
F: (808) 244-3621
E: mauidiv@hgea.org
Kauai Division Office
3213 Akahi St.
Lihue, HI 96766-1108
P: (808) 245-6751
F: (808) 245-9632
E: kauaidiv@hgea.org
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