STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1075


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2011


RE:   S.B. No. 1078

      S.D. 2

      H.D. 1





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Sixth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2011

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Labor & Public Employment, to which was referred S.B. No. 1078, S.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this bill is to:


(1)  Have the benefits of the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund be subject to negotiation between the public employer and the exclusive representative of a bargaining unit of public employees; and


(2)  With respect to the resolution of disputes and impasses under collective bargaining, make the decision of an arbitration panel final and binding upon the parties on all provisions submitted to the arbitration panel.


     The Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFSCME Local 152, AFL-CIO; the United Public Workers, AFSCME, Local 646, AFL-CIO; and a concerned individual testified in support of this bill.  The Department of Budget and Finance testified in opposition to this measure.


     Your Committee has amended this bill by making corresponding amendments to Chapter 87A, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund law, to reflect the amendments made to Chapter 89, HRS, the Collective Bargaining in Public Employment law.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Labor & Public Employment that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1078, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1078, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Labor & Public Employment,