Labor Relations

In many companies in Hawaii, unionized employees perform a large percentage of the work.  As a result, you may one day be faced with a situation that requires knowledge and expertise that goes beyond the capability of your human resources department.  HEC has helped its members manage labor relations issues for more than 76 years. 

Our experience with labor runs wide and deep.  Here are just a few areas where we can be of assistance:

Collective Bargaining

  • Act as your spokesperson in negotiations 
  • Prepare for negotiations
  • Finalize agreements for signature 
  • Prepare and print contract booklets 

Collective Bargaining Agreement Administration

  • Assist with day-to-day interpretation of the contract 
  • Provide briefings for managers and supervisors on how to implement terms of a new contract

Unfair Labor Practice Charges

  • Assist in avoiding an unfair labor practice charge
  • Assist with responses to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

Grievance Handling

  • Represent the company in grievance meetings 
  • Assist with preparing responses in the grievance procedure 
  • Represent the company in informal arbitrations 
  • Provide assistance to your legal counsel in formal arbitrations

Work Stoppages and Strike Preparation

  • Assist with strike preparation
  • Provide guidance during a strike
  • Assist with coordination of law enforcement, customers, vendors and other employees

Union Counter-Organizing

  • Identify key employee issues and develop strategies to deal with an organizing attempt
  • Draft and review communication to employees
  • Train supervisors on how to remain union free


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