Oahu lifeguards rally for Maui pay raises

Oahu lifeguards rally for Maui pay raises

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Oahu Lifeguards are pushing for their neighbor island colleagues to get a pay raise.

Dozens of ocean safety officers waved signs on Ala Moana Boulevard in Honolulu on Monday night to show their support for Maui County lifeguards who were slated to receive a 16 percent pay increase, according to their union's arbitration, but did not get it.

They're worried that they will not receive the raise because lawmakers, concerned about the $1 million cost, had deferred the funding measure.

"Hawaii lifeguards are the No. 1 at-risk lifeguards in the world, but we are the lowest paid lifeguards in the world," said Bargaining Unit 14 President Mel Puu. "We are so far behind on the national level that it's ridiculous."

The Maui County Council Budget and Finance committee is scheduled to take up the issue again on Wednesday. If funding is received, the raises will go into effect on July 1.

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