STAND. COM. REP. NO.815-02
RE: S.B. No. 2111
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Labor and Public Employment, to which was referred S.B. No. 2111 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to:
(1) Allow negotiating parties to agree that non-cost items are valid and enforceable through written agreement; and
(2) Move the reference to agreements taking precedence over rules and policies to section 89-19, Hawaii Revised Statutes.
The Office of Collective Bargaining and Hawaii Government Employees Association commented on this measure.
In collective bargaining, it is common that concessions of cost items be traded off against reciprocal concessions on non-cost items. In many cases, this may be the only way to reach an agreement and avoid a strike. Unfortunately, recent amendments to the collective bargaining law have made these trade-offs between cost items and non-cost items difficult. By granting the negotiating parties the flexibility to agree that non-cost items are valid and enforceable, collective bargaining will be more effective.
However, your Committee feels that moving the reference to agreements taking precedence over rules and policies from section 89-10 to 89-19 is unnecessary and has amended this bill by deleting this provision.
Your Committee has also amended this measure by changing its effective date to July 1, 2010, to facilitate further discussion.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Labor and Public Employment that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2111, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2111,
H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Labor and Public Employment,
SCOTT K. SAIKI, Chair