Salera v. CaldwellAnnotate this Case
The City and County of of Honolulu provided refuse collection services through the use of front-end loader work crews to service 181 multi-unit residential properties and numerous City agencies. After the City decided to discontinue front loader collection services, United Public Workers (the Union) sued the City and County. The Union filed a motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to enjoin the City from unilaterally implementing the privatization of the collection and disposal services. The circuit court granted partial summary judgment to the Union and permanently enjoined the City from discontinuing the services at issue, concluding that the City and County’s cancellation of the services constituted impermissible privatization. The circuit court certified the partial summary judgment order for appeal and stayed the proceedings as to the remaining counts. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the City and County’s decision to terminate front loader refuse collection services violated constitutional merit principles and civil service laws and deprived the civil service workers in this case of the protections guaranteed in Article XVI, Section 1 of the Hawaii Constitution and Haw. Rev. Stat. 76 and 77; and (2) the circuit court did not err in granting partial summary judgment in favor of the Union as to the asserted violations of constitutional merit principles.