TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE, 2011
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 89-9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:
1. By amending subsection (a) to read:
"(a) The employer and the exclusive
representative shall meet at reasonable times, including meetings sufficiently
in advance of the February 1 impasse date under section 89-11, and shall
negotiate in good faith with respect to wages, hours, the benefits of and
the amounts of contributions by the State and respective counties to the Hawaii
employer-union health benefits trust fund to the extent allowed in subsection
(e), and other terms and conditions of employment which are subject to
collective bargaining and which are to be embodied in a written agreement as
specified in section 89-10[
, but such]; provided that the
obligation to meet and negotiate does not compel either party to agree
to a proposal or make a concession[ ; provided that the parties may not
negotiate with respect to cost items as defined by section 89-2 for the
biennium 1999 to 2001, and the cost items of employees in bargaining units
under section 89-6 in effect on June 30, 1999, shall remain in effect until
July 1, 2001]."
2. By amending subsections (d) and (e) to read:
"(d) Excluded from the subjects of
negotiations are matters of classification, reclassification, [
but not contributions to the Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust fund,]
recruitment, examination, initial pricing, and retirement benefits except as
provided in section 88-8(h). The employer and the exclusive representative
shall not agree to any proposal [ which] that would be inconsistent
with the merit principle or the principle of equal pay for equal work pursuant
to section 76-1 or [ which] that would interfere with the rights
and obligations of a public employer to:
(1) Direct employees;
(2) Determine qualifications, standards for work, and the nature and contents of examinations;
(3) Hire, promote, transfer, assign, and retain employees in positions;
(4) Suspend, demote, discharge, or take other disciplinary action against employees for proper cause;
(5) Relieve an employee from duties because of lack of work or other legitimate reason;
(6) Maintain efficiency and productivity, including maximizing the use of advanced technology, in government operations;
(7) Determine methods, means, and personnel by which the employer's operations are to be conducted; and
(8) Take such actions as may be necessary to carry out the missions of the employer in cases of emergencies.
This subsection shall not be used to invalidate provisions of collective bargaining agreements in effect on and after June 30, 2007, and shall not preclude negotiations over the procedures and criteria on promotions, transfers, assignments, demotions, layoffs, suspensions, terminations, discharges, or other disciplinary actions as a permissive subject of bargaining during collective bargaining negotiations or negotiations over a memorandum of agreement, memorandum of understanding, or other supplemental agreement.
Violations of the procedures and criteria so negotiated may be subject to the grievance procedure in the collective bargaining agreement.
(e) Negotiations relating to the benefits
of and contributions to the Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust
fund shall be for the purpose of agreeing upon the benefits under the health
benefits plan, as defined in section 87A-1, and amounts [
the State and counties shall contribute under [ section 87-4,] sections
87A-32, 87A-33, 87A-33.5, 87A-34, 87A-35, 87A-36, and 87A-37 toward the
payment of the costs for a health benefits plan, as defined in section [ 87-1(8),]
87A-1, and group life insurance benefits[ , and]; provided that
the parties shall not be bound by the benefits and amounts contributed
under prior agreements[ ; provided that section 89-11 for the resolution of
disputes by way of arbitration shall not be available to resolve impasses or
disputes relating to the amounts the State and counties shall contribute to the
Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust fund]."
SECTION 2. Section 89-11, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (g) to read as follows:
"(g) The decision of the arbitration
panel shall be final and binding upon the parties on all provisions submitted
to the arbitration panel. [
If the parties have reached agreement with
respect to the amounts of contributions by the State and counties to the Hawaii
employer-union health benefits trust fund by the tenth working day after the
arbitration panel issues its decision, the final and binding agreement of the
parties on all provisions shall consist of the panel's decision and the amounts
of contributions agreed to by the parties. If the parties have not reached
agreement with respect to the amounts of contributions by the State and
counties to the Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust fund by the close
of business on the tenth working day after the arbitration panel issues its
decision, the parties shall have five days to submit their respective
recommendations for such contributions to the legislature, if it is in session,
and if the legislature is not in session, the parties shall submit their
respective recommendations for such contributions to the legislature during the
next session of the legislature. In such event, the final and binding
agreement of the parties on all provisions shall consist of the panel's decision
and the amounts of contributions established by the legislature by enactment,
after the legislature has considered the recommendations for such contributions
by the parties.] It is strictly understood that no member of a bargaining
unit subject to this subsection shall be allowed to participate in a strike on
the issue of the amounts of contributions by the State and counties to the
Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust fund. The parties shall take
whatever action is necessary to carry out and effectuate the final and binding
agreement. The parties may, at any time and by mutual agreement, amend or
modify the panel's decision.
Agreements reached pursuant to the decision of an arbitration panel and the amounts of contributions by the State and counties to the Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust fund, as provided herein, shall not be subject to ratification by the employees concerned. All items requiring any moneys for implementation shall be subject to appropriations by the appropriate legislative bodies and the employer shall submit all such items within ten days after the date on which the agreement is entered into as provided herein, to the appropriate legislative bodies."
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.
Collective Bargaining; Public Employees
Specifies that the benefits of the Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust fund are subject to negotiation; clarifies that a decision of an arbitration panel shall be final; updates statutory references; makes conforming amendments. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)
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