Public Sector Labor Relations: Hawaii
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Susan Borowski, Reliable Writing Services
- Hawaii public sector labor relations are governed by the Hawai`i Public Employment Relations Act (HPERA). See Public Sector Employees.
- Hawaii public employees have similar rights to those granted under the National Labor Relations Act. See Rights of Employees.
- Although Hawaii passed a card-check law in 2009 that allows for easier unionization based on a majority of signed authorization cards, it does not apply to public sector employees. See Rights of Employees.
- The Hawaii Labor Relations Board has authority over public sector union-management relations. See Hawaii Labor Relations Board.
- The HPERA designates specific bargaining units and lists those positions specifically not eligible to be in a bargaining unit. It also outlines mediation and arbitration procedures. See Hawaii Labor Relations Board.
- Public sector employees do have the right to strike in certain circumstances. See Right to Strike.