STAND. COM. REP. NO. 20
RE: H.B. No. 465
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Labor & Tourism, to which was referred H.B. No. 465 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Clarify that the representative of labor on the Hawaii Labor Relations Board be a person selected by a majority of the exclusive representatives of the collective bargaining units; and
(2) Establish procedures for the removal of the representative of labor from the Hawaii Labor Relations Board.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Government Employees Association AFSCME Local 152, AFL-CIO and the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Office of Collective Bargaining, Executive Office of the Governor. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Hawaii Labor Relations Board.
Your Committee finds that the current process of allowing the Governor to pick a name from a list of three nominees to fill the role of representative of labor provides the Governor with too much authority over the composition of the Hawaii Labor Relations Board (Board). Providing a single name to the Governor that has been vetted by the exclusive representatives, with a clear timeframe for the name to be transmitted to the Senate for consideration as well as a default process for Senate confirmation if the deadline is missed, ensures greater fairness, predictability, and transparency in the appointment process. Your Committee also finds that providing a mechanism to remove an ineffective labor representative is essential to the functioning of the Board.
Your Committee has amended this measure by making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Labor & Tourism that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 465, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 465, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Labor & Tourism,
RICHARD H.K. ONISHI, Chair