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Hawaii Labor Relations Board officially establishes HGEA Unit 15

January 13, 2021

In a historic win for our members, late last week the Hawaii Labor Relations Board (HLRB) issued its decision formally establishing Bargaining Unit 15 and the classes that comprise the unit. The addition of Unit 15 — to represent state and county ocean safety and water safety officers — separates this group of first responders from state law enforcement officers, who remain in Unit 14. The separation will allow for bargaining and negotiations on items specific to ocean and water safety officers.

We want to acknowledge the efforts of the legislative team and many HGEA members who were instrumental in lobbying for this legislation. In September 2020, HB 1698 was signed into law as Act 031, Session Laws of Hawaii, 2020.

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