HGEA votes overwhelmingly to approve new contract

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Members of Hawaii's largest public workers union have ratified a new contract. An overwhelming majority of the 28,000 members of the Hawaii Government Employees Association voted in favor of the two-year deal with the state, which would end employee furloughs.

All but one of the seven HGEA units voted to ratify the contract Monday. Unit 9, made up of registered nurses, rejected the plan, which calls for a five percent pay cut, along with a 50/50 share of health benefits.

The state said the agreement would save $124 million over the contract period.

Union leaders did not immediately comment on the vote, but said they would do so at a news conference Tuesday.

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