STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1528

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    H.B. No. 553

       H.D. 1

       S.D. 2

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 553, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to allow graduate student assistants employed by the University of Hawaii to collectively bargain.

 

     Specifically, this measure:

 

(1)  Establishes collective bargaining unit (15) to consist of graduate student assistants employed by the University of Hawaii; and

 

(2)  Requires the Director of Human Resources Development to convene the prospective collective bargaining unit working group to recommend rights, privileges, salaries, wages, compensation, working hour restrictions, and other aspects of collective bargaining unit (15) to the Legislature.

 

     Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Graduate Student Organization and ten individuals.  Your Committee received written comments in opposition to this measure from the University of Hawaii System.  The Office of Collective Bargaining submitted written comments on this measure.

 

     Your Committee finds that graduate student assistants at the University of Hawaii have reported inconsistencies in the workplace, ranging from job security, low wages, a lack of regular salary increases, and not being afforded sick days or family leave.  This measure will allow graduate student assistants to collectively bargain so that they may negotiate for fair salaries, benefits, and rights.

 

     Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1)  Clarifying that graduate student assistants employed by the University of Hawaii and working less than twenty hours per week shall not be excluded from an appropriate bargaining unit; and

 

(2)  Requiring the Chief Negotiator of the Office of Collective Bargaining, instead of the Director of Human Resources Development, to convene and invite members of the prospective collective bargaining unit working group.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 553, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 553, H.D. 1, S.D. 2.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,

 

 

 

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JILL N. TOKUDA, Chair