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Abercrombie: Re-Vote on HSTA Contract Has No Legal Standing
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Abercrombie: Re-Vote on HSTA Contract Has No Legal Standing

News Release from www.Hawaii.gov/gov May 3, 2012

Governor Neil Abercrombie today responded to a letter received by the Hawai'i State Teachers Association (HSTA) last night. HSTA president Wil Okabe sent a letter which notified the Governor of HSTA’s intention to seek ratification of the January 2012 proposed agreement that was previously rejected by its members.

See the letters here: NR Gov.hsta letters 050312

Prior to this letter, negotiations have been ongoing based on HSTA’s February 28, 2012 proposal and the State’s March 19, 2012 settlement offer.

Governor Abercrombie stated:

“What Mr. Okabe has proposed to HSTA members is a decision made solely by HSTA leadership. This is entirely an internal union action in which we have had no participation. The letter that we received from HSTA last night was unsolicited.

“According to the Attorney General the agreement which was rejected in January 2012 has no legal standing. In addition, in February, HSTA submitted a comprehensive proposal, which has not been withdrawn.

“We look forward to crafting an agreement with the HSTA to be submitted to teachers for ratification that is clear, current, and correct.

“As the school year ends, we appreciate the work that our teachers have done for student achievement and we look forward to resolving this labor dispute with their union.”

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Posted on HSTA Facebook Page Wednesday May 2, 2012

Dear Colleagues:

"As candidates for HSTA President, we had our disagreements. However, we both agree that asking teachers to reconsider the January settlement proposal is in the best interest of Hawaii's teachers and children." -Paul Daugherty & Wil Okabe

Last evening, after a unanimous recommendation from the HSTA Bargaining Team to the Negotiations Committee and the Board of Directors, the Board voted to ask the membership to re-vote on the January 6, 2012 tentative settlement.

As the letter to the Governor states (see Members Only HSTA for a copy):

"HSTA rushed a ratification vote of the proposal which we had reached in good faith with BOE Chairman Don Horner, Tammi Chun from your office and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.

Following the rejection by the teachers, results of our internal polling and by the Castle Foundation indicated that teachers lacked the information and time to consider the agreement."

In order to rectify our mistake in rushing a ratification vote on January 19--less than two weeks after the settlement was negotiated-- we are initiating a full schedule of informational meetings for HSTA members. All of the documents will be available on line and at the informational meetings.

Mahalo,

Wil Okabe, President

PS -- Below you will see Information sessions for ALL MEMBERS:


Chapter Date Time Place -- ALL MEMBERS

  • Honolulu May 07 3:00 – 5:30 PM Kaimuki High School
    Cafeteria
  • Honolulu May 10 3:00 - 6:00 PM McKinley High School
    Hirata Hall
  • Honolulu May 10 3:00 - 5:30 PM Kaiser High School
    Cafeteria
  • Honolulu May 11 3:00 - 5:30 PM Kalani High School
    Cafeteria
  • Honolulu May 14 3:00 - 5:30 PM Roosevelt High School
    Auditorium
  • Honolulu May 15 3:00 - 5:30 PM Farrington High School
    Cafeteria
  • Central May 07 3:30 - 5:30 PM Moanalua High School

    Cafeteria
  • Central May 08 3:30 – 5:30 PM Waialua High School
    Cafeteria
  • Central May 09 3:30 - 5:30 PM Aiea High School
    Library
  • Central May 10 3:30 - 5:30 PM Leilehua High School
    Cafeteria
  • Central May 14 3:30 - 5:30 PM Radford High School
    Cafeteria
  • Central May 14 3:30 - 5:30 PM Mililani High School
    Gymnasium
  • Leeward May 07 3:00 - 5:30 PM Ilima Intermediate School
    Cafeteria
  • Leeward May 08 3:00 - 5:30 PM Nanakuli High/Intermediate School
    Cafeteria
  • Leeward May 09 3:30 - 5:30 PM Kapolei High School
    Building I room 106
  • Leeward May 09 3:30 - 5:30 PM Waipahu High School
    Cafeteria
  • Leeward May 10 3:30 - 5:30 PM Waianae High School
    Cafeteria
  • Leeward May 10 3:00 - 5:30 PM Pearl City Cultural Center
    Meeting Room
  • Windward May 10 3:30 - 5:30 PM Kailua Intermediate School
    Cafeteria
  • Windward May 11 3:30 - 5:30 PM Kailua Intermediate School
    Cafeteria
  • Windward May 14 3:30 - 5:30 PM Castle High School
    Cafeteria
  • Windward May 15 3:30 - 5:30 PM Hauula Elementary School
    Cafeteria
  • Maui May 07 3:30 - 5:30 PM King Kekaulike High School
    Cafeteria
  • Maui May 08 3:30 - 5:30PM Lahainaluna High School
    Chorus Room
  • Maui May 09 3:30 - 5:30 PM Hana High/Elementary School
    Room E-103
  • Maui May 10 4:30 - 6:30 PM Baldwin High School
    Multi-Purpose Room
  • Maui May 14 3:30 - 5:30 PM Maui High School
    Cafeteria
  • Molokai May 07 3:30 - 5:30 PM Molokai High School
    Library
  • Kauai May 07 3:30 - 5:30 PM Waimea High School
    Cafeteria
  • Kauai May 09 3:30 - 5:30 PM Kauai High School
    Cafeteria
  • Kauai May 11 3:00 – 4:00 PM Kapaa High School
    Cafeteria
  • Hilo May 07 4:00 - 6:00 PM Waiakea High School
    Cafeteria
  • Hilo May 08 4:00 - 6:00 PM Laupahoehoe High School Band Room
  • Hilo May 09 4:00 - 6:00 PM Keaau High School
    Cafeteria
  • Hilo May 10 4:00 - 6:00 PM Hilo Intermediate School
    Auditorium
  • Hilo May 14 4:00 - 6:00 PM Ka'u High School
    Band Room
  • Hilo May 15 4:30 -6:30 PM Keonepoko Elementary School
    Cafeteria
  • Hamakua May 10 4:00 - 6:00 PM Honoka'a High School
    Cafeteria
  • Kona May 07 4:30 - 6:30 PM Konawaena High School
    Cafeteria
  • Kona May 14 4:30 - 6:30 PM Kealakehe Intermediate School
    Cafeteria
  • Kohala May 15 3:30 – 6:30 PM Kohala High School
    Library

 

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