Hawaii firefighters to receive pay increases over 2 years

Hawaii firefighters to receive pay increases over 2 years
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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii firefighters will receive pay increases as part of a new two-year contract agreement.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association and the state government agreed to 2% pay increases in each of the next two years, one-time bonuses in each year and an increase in regular raises based on years of service.

The sides began negotiating in February 2018 but reached an impasse during negotiations in June before agreeing to a neutral arbitrator, who delivered a final decision April 8.

Members of the union representing about 2,000 firefighters from each of Hawaii’s four counties will not vote on the contract because it was finalized by an arbitrator.

All four county governments and the state must approve additional funding for the contract changes.

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