Senate passes ocean safety collective bargaining bill

The state Senate on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 2967, which seeks to establish a separate collective bargaining unit for Ocean and Water Safety Officers. Under SB 2967, Bargaining Unit 14, which represents ocean safety and water safety officers, would be created.   

“Kaua‘i has some of the most beautiful, but also dangerous beaches in the world, and our water safety officers put their lives on the line everyday as part of their job,” Kouchi said. “By having their own bargaining unit, they will now have the chance to represent themselves collectively and have their issues and concerns unique to their group addressed.”   

SB 2967 will now be considered by a committee in the state House of Representatives.

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