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Court denies HSTA request for immediate labor board ruling

By Star Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:19 p.m. HST, Oct 19, 2012

The Hawaii Supreme Court denied a request today by the Hawaii State Teachers Association for a ruling by the state labor board on the teacher union’s prohibited practices complaint against the state.

The union asked the high court to order the Hawaii Labor Relations Board to issue a quick decision in the case that was wrapped up more than four months ago.

But the high court said it was denying the request “in light of the extended duration of the evidentiary proceeding and the voluminous record.”

The hearings in the case spanned 10 months and included dozens of witnesses.

HSTA is alleging that the state violated union member rights when it imposed a teacher contract in July 2011.

In its ruling today, the high court also ordered the state and the state labor board to respond within 20 days to a request by the teachers union for court order that would restore the teachers’ job status prior to the state imposing the contract.

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