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Tentative deal reached on HGEA Unit 13 contract

Published On: Oct 02 2013 04:13:07 PM HST
Updated On: Oct 03 2013 02:26:06 PM HST
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HONOLULU -

Thousands of white collar public employees across the state could be getting an 11 percent salary raise over the next four years.

The state confirms it has reached a tentative agreement with Unit 13 of the Hawaii Government Employees Association.  KITV4 News also obtained a copy of the agreement.

The unit includes more than 8,100 professional and scientific workers.  The unit was ready to go to arbitration after rejecting a two-year deal earlier this year.

The tentative deal includes an immediate 4 percent raise starting this year, with an additional 3-and-a-half percent raises in 2016 and 2017.

As part of the deal, employees will contribute 40 percent of their health insurance premiums with the state paying 60 percent.

The deal also includes so-called "step movements" which will increase the raises for some.

The contract must still be ratified by union members.  Ratification is scheduled next week.

"After months of working hard to secure a new contract on behalf of our Unit 13 members, the negotiating team has reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract," HGEA Executive Director Randy Perreira.  "The negotiating team will provide more information to members at the upcoming statewide ratification meetings next week. We strongly encourage the members to take time to review their unit’s agreement, attend the ratification meetings and vote."

Two other public worker contracts remain unsettled -- Unit 9, representing nurses, and the firefighters union.  Those contracts are in arbitration.

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