‘Perfect storm’ of collective bargaining: County unsure of impact on 65% of budget

  • People wait their turn at the West Hawaii Civic Center DMV on Wednesday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • HR Director Bill Brilhante

  • DMV employee Summer Zandovskis assists a resident Wednesday at the West Hawaii Civic Center office. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

About 65% of the county’s $590.8 million operating budget goes for salary and wages, a figure that could increase as government negotiators undertake what Human Resources Director William Brilhante calls “the perfect storm” of collective bargaining, with contracts for all 10 of the county’s bargaining units ending June 30.