SHOPO Close to Settlement with City

Council Member Charles Djou
Council Member Charles Djou

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- It appears the union representing Honolulu police officers is close to settling its class-action lawsuit against the city. SHOPO filed the suit, claiming the city of Honolulu violated federal labor laws. The settlement could cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.

Honolulu's finest gather at SHOPO headquarters upon hearing the news. Their union has hammered out a tentative agreement in their class-action lawsuit against the city.

"The settlement of a lawsuit, I do think it's a positive thing because going to a trial, and I don't know if it were a jury trial, it's a crap shoot," Honolulu city council member Charles Djou said. "And who knows how much taxpayers may or may not eventually have to shell out."

The lawsuit alleged the city of Honolulu violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The union claims the city improperly calculated the overtime rate, that officers were not compensated for all the work they performed associated with the job, and that the city's comp-time policies violate the FLSA.

"They were asking for something in the neighborhood of $150 million for all of this so-called missed overtime," Djou said.

Terms of the tentative settlement were not disclosed. But the city earlier estimated a settlement could cost $20 million to $50 million. Officers line up to find out how much their share of the settlement will be.

"It's going to be a big hit for city taxpayers," Djou said. "But, again, I think reaching a settlement is better."