Nurses in sole group to reject new HGEA deal

Leila Fujimori, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, April 26, 2011 Six of seven bargaining units of the state's largest public-sector labor union yesterday ratified a new two-year contract that will mean a 5 percent pay cut, an increase in their health care premium payments and an increase in time off. But the 1,561-member Unit 9 of registered professional nurses rejected the proposed contract in a 509-392 vote. The split vote does not affect the ratification of the contract by each of the other bargaining units, Hawaii Government Employees Association spokes­woman Jodi Endo Chai said. ... Nurses