United Public Workers Union holding final strike authorization vote

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The United Public Workers Union is holding a final vote on whether to authorize a strike.

Workers are unhappy about a new contract calling for a five percent pay cut and 50-50 share of health benefits.

The proposed cuts match the two-year deal that the Hawaii Government Employees Association ratified recently.

The contract is also similar to the one the Hawaii State Teachers Association is fighting.

The UPW represents trash collectors and workers who clean the airport.

A union insider suggests the UPW could strike at a sensitive time -- in November just before the world leaders arrive for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie says the union and the state have to work together, but so far the two sides have not met to negotiate.

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