Governor Neil Abercrombie today joined United Public Workers Local 646 State Director Dayton Nakanelua in announcing that a tentative labor agreement has been reached. The Governor issued the followed statement:
"I couldn't be more pleased to say today that we've come to a conclusion that sets a standard of the kind of approach to negotiations that is based on a spirit of bargaining collectively for the benefit of all of Hawai'i.
"This is an agreement has been reached with mutual respect and regard by all sides. Getting to this point hasn't always been easy because these are tough issues. I appreciate the patience that has been exercised in making sure that all of the issues were understood so that we could come to a solution that works for everyone.
"In stabilizing our economy for future generations, we're all in this together -- that's the bottom line."
The tentative agreement includes:
* A 5 percent labor cost savings from 14 Directed Leave With Out Pay (DLWOP) days during the remainder of this fiscal year, and 13 DLWOP days during next fiscal year.
* 50 percent/50 percent Employer Union Trust Fund (EUTF) Cost Sharing
* No interruption to public services