HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) – Hawaii Attorney General Douglas
Chin announced that the state’s Supreme Court decline to hear an appeal brought
by District Council 50 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
and Aloha Glass Sale and Service Inc.
The court’s decision ends a lawsuit against the state that
has been ongoing since 2006. That year, the painters and glazers’ union alleged
that Lanakila Elementary School hired contractors to install jalousie windows,
which they claimed should be exclusively part of the union’s specialty.
The Hawaii Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the appeal
validates the State Contractors License Board interpretation of state laws.
They had stated that hired contractors can perform “incidental and supplemental”
work without the owner needing to hire additional specialty contractors just
for that one part of the job.
“The end of this lawsuit provides clarity about the amount
of related work that specialty contractors may perform outside the scope of their
respective specialty contractors’ licenses,” Chin said. “This may help
consumers by minimizing the number of specialty contractors that must be