After months of negotiations driven by declining state tax receipts, Hawaii’s largest government employee union reached a tentative contract agreement with the administration of Gov. Linda Lingle, calling for 42 unpaid furlough days over the next two years.

Lingle initially sought to unilaterally impose a three-day-per-month furlough — for 36 days a year — but lost a court decision, in which the court ruled that any furloughs were subject to collective bargaining.

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