State roundup for May 1
State will raise pay for workers
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has agreed to pay raises for blue collar state employees who are members of the United Public Workers union, collective bargaining unit 1.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie, county mayors and union representatives signed the agreement on Monday.
The union’s Hawaii director Dayton Nakanelua says the settlement will affect about 9,000 people. The 4-year contract says that employees will receive 2 percent pay raises twice a year. The contract requires employers to pay 60 percent of health insurance costs.
Abercrombie says employees don’t lose any benefits under the agreement. He says the state achieved a better payment system.
Nakanelua says nearly 97 percent of members who participated at the union’s ratification meeting accepted the settlement.
Man charged in stabbing death
LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — A man who was being held in connection with the stabbing death of a woman on Kauai has now been charged with second-degree murder.
Steven Michael Wilson, 26, has been charged with killing 21-year-old Kendra Lewis.
Lewis was found dead on Friday in her room at the Kawaihau Sports Villa condominium. An autopsy confirmed that the woman who worked as a cook at Olympic Cafe in Kapaa died of stab wounds.
Police said Wilson and Lewis relocated to Kauai from Alaska at the beginning of the year and were living together at the time of her death. He is being held on a $1 million bond.
Feds cite hotel for violations
HONOLULU (AP) — Federal regulators want to fine a luxury Waikiki hotel nearly $50,000 for safety violations.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday Halekulani Hotel has been cited for 14 serious violations.
OSHA began investigating in January during a routine inspection of the five-star, 450-room hotel with more than 800 employees. Violations include fire extinguishers that were not inspected, inappropriate respirators for employees working on the pool filtration area and inadequate protection from thermal electrical burns for maintenance workers.
Halekulani Corp. Chief Operating Officer Peter Shaindlin says safety of staff and guests is a priority. The company says all of the issues brought up at the January inspection were immediately addressed and the hotel is working to address any other subsequent citations.
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