Report Title:

Labor Unions

 

Description:

Allows certified representation of an appropriate collective bargaining employee unit that does not have a certified representation when a majority of the employees validly authorizes the representation. Requires immediate collective bargaining between parties once entities are certified as exclusive representatives. (SD1)

 


THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2594

TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2008

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT


 

 

RELATING TO LABOR.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 377, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding two new sections to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"377-   Streamlining union certification. Whenever a petition shall have been filed by an employee or group of employees or any individual or labor organization acting on their behalf alleging that a majority of employees in a unit appropriate for the purposes of collective bargaining wish to be represented by an individual or labor organization for those purposes, the board shall investigate the petition. If the board finds that a majority of the employees in a unit appropriate for bargaining has signed valid authorizations designating the individual or labor organization specified in the petition as their bargaining representative and that no other individual or labor organization is currently certified or recognized as the exclusive representative of any of the employees in the unit, the board shall not direct an election but shall certify the individual or labor organization as the representative.

377-   Facilitating initial collective bargaining agreements. (a) Not later than ten days after receiving a written request for collective bargaining from an individual or labor organization that has been newly organized or certified as a representative, the parties shall meet and commence to bargain collectively and shall make every reasonable effort to conclude and sign a collective bargaining agreement.

(b) If after the expiration of the ninety-day period beginning on the date on which bargaining commenced, or such additional period as the parties may agree upon, the parties have failed to reach an agreement, either party may notify the board of the existence of a dispute and request conciliation under section 377-3."

SECTION 2. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.