Ken Kawamoto, VP and Director of Negotiations Services. Ken rejoined the Hawaii Employers Council in 2011 as the Vice President and Director of Negotiation Services. Ken initially joined the Council in 1990 as a Labor Relations Advisor and served in that capacity until May 1995. In his current position, Ken oversees the Labor Relations Department that assists and guides members in collective bargaining negotiations, contract administration, grievance handling and other labor related issues. He also is responsible for mediation services offered to members.
Previous to rejoining the Hawaii Employers Council, Ken served as Commissioner with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service for sixteen years. As Commissioner, Ken mediated collective bargaining labor disputes, grievances and employment disputes for the State of Hawaii in the private, public and federal sectors.
Ken is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Business Arts Degree in Personnel and Industrial Relations. Ken currently serves on the Board of the Industrial Relations Research Association - Hawaii Chapter and is the Chair for its Membership Committee.