HGEA nurses prepared for arbitration

Andrew Pereira, KHON, April 26, 2011 Honolulu - The head of the Hawaii Government Employees Association unit that represents registered professional nurses is prepared for binding arbitration after a contract proposal was shot down 509 to 392. Results of the voting that began April 18 were announced Monday evening. “I wasn't real surprised,” said HGEA Unit 9 Director Sue Kaulukukui. “I knew a lot of the nurses had a lot of issues. Unit 9 was the only HGEA bargaining unit to reject a two year offer that ends furloughs and increases time off but also raises the cost of health benefits and institutes a 5 percent pay cut. ... HGEA