UPW & State reach tentative agreement

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A tentative agreement between the United Public Workers and the state was announced today.

The UPW two year contract calls for a 50-50 split in health insurance benefits.

Governor Neil Abercrombie Thursday joined UPW State Director Dayton Nakanelua in announcing the 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. "

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

UPW members voted to authorize a strike in July. The old contract expired at the end of June.

The union represents about 8,500 state and county workers.

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