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State, HSTA agree to mediation for teacher contract talks

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 01:14 a.m. HST, Mar 07, 2013


The Hawaii State Teachers Association and the state have agreed to enter into mediation talks to help reach a new contract agreement for public school teachers.

The union made the request Monday, according to a joint statement issued this afternoon by the union and state Department of Education.

The statement said Gov. Neil Abercrombie and representatives of the DOE and the state Board of Education have agreed to mediation.

The Hawaii Labor Relations Board approved the request Wednesday, according to HSTA President Wil Okabe.

Teachers have been working under a “last, best and final offer” that the state imposed in July 2011. It expires June 30.

The parties are negotiating a 2013-15 contract.

Under the state’s collective bargaining law, a statutory impasse is declared by Feb. 1 of a year in which an existing contract is set to expire.

A provision of that law allows the parties to choose to enter into mediation, subject to approval by the Labor Relations Board.

A spokeswoman for the DOE declined to comment further.







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Steve96785 wrote:
Let us hope that neither side backs out of mediation or reneges on the agreement once it is reached. Let them meet privately and not go public till this is settled.
on March 6,2013 | 05:04PM
niimi wrote:
I bet if HSTA loses they wil renege on the outcome. The state of Hawaii will win the mediation talks, then the HSTA will filibuster and stall implementation of the mediated outcome. Just like refusing to pii in the cup they will just bully their way around despite the shibai anti-bullying posture they take.
on March 6,2013 | 09:01PM
Changalang wrote:
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on March 6,2013 | 05:05PM
Bdpapa wrote:
The numbers dictated that HGEA had favored nation status. Abs needed their vote. He could care less about the HSTA. His allegiance is to HGEA and UHPA.
on March 6,2013 | 07:12PM
poidragon wrote:
Actually you got it wrong, chang! Neil did not get it all back, he spent it all before he even got the chance to look at it! Without Gov LIngle's financial perseverance, the state would have been in much deeper financial problems, but people with short memories like you and Governor Abercrombie can't see it.
on March 6,2013 | 07:17PM
Changalang wrote:
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on March 7,2013 | 05:05AM
allie wrote:
Chang is right. Lingle was an utter nightmare and we are still paying for her silly mistakes
on March 7,2013 | 05:29AM
soundofreason wrote:
Agreed. If Lingle hadn't locked it up in investments, it would be ONE HUNDRED percent GONE.
on March 7,2013 | 05:54AM
Changalang wrote:
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on March 7,2013 | 08:28AM
soundofreason wrote:
What I can tell you is.....Democrats couldn't get at it to spend it. And THAT'S all that counts.
on March 7,2013 | 05:24PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Abercrombie caves in to union pressure .... That should be the headline if this article.
on March 6,2013 | 05:30PM
allie wrote:
Abs realizes our teachers lack much education. We need a better teaching force
on March 7,2013 | 05:29AM
st1d wrote:
seems like good news for both sides. sounds like it's focused on 2013-2015 and not rehashing 2011-2013 bfo. for the teachers' sake good luck. for the students' sake good luck.
on March 6,2013 | 05:59PM
aomohoa wrote:
I say. let's get it done. This has gone on long enough.
on March 6,2013 | 06:44PM
poidragon wrote:
The HSTA Union leadership better go thru with it this time! No more BS from Okabe and company, this contract negotiations are supposed to be about a labor contract for public school teachers, not about what the union wants; Okabe has forgotten who he works for and what his role is supposed to be about! The longer this farce is drawn out, the more damage there will be, as the ultimate losers are the children, who are caught in between the State DoE and the HSTA union!
on March 6,2013 | 07:13PM
niimi wrote:
Here is my scenario of what will happen. The state of Hawaii will win the mediation talks, then the HSTA will filibuster and stall implementation of the mediated outcome. Just like refusing to pii in the cup they will just bully their way around despite the shibai anti-bullying posture they take.
on March 6,2013 | 09:01PM
niimi wrote:
HSTA isn't representing the teachers, they represent the majority of members in the Central and District Offices. There are more school personnel in the union outside the classroom than in the classroom. How sad. How ridiculous.
on March 6,2013 | 09:04PM
localguy wrote:
Would love to be a fly on the wall to witness this conference. With all the hot air to come out it could power the island chain for months.
on March 6,2013 | 11:18PM
soundofreason wrote:
Shhhh! Heco will find a way to charge us for it though.
on March 7,2013 | 05:51AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Mediation vs. binding arbitration. Maybe more of the latter is required. Mediation just allows more hot air to flow. Where is Marion Higa when we need her?
on March 7,2013 | 12:53AM
akulepapiomoi wrote:
The Labor Relations Board has still NOT ruled on prior case of Abercrombie's actions. Why have a Labor Board?
on March 7,2013 | 04:44AM
localguy wrote:
Reviewing HSTA's past performance this may be nothing than political grandstanding, trying to fix their in the gutter image. Will needs to do it better than he has in the past, this is his last chance to save face. Wanna bet what the outcome will be?
on March 7,2013 | 04:53AM
localguy wrote:
Reviewing HSTA's past performance this may be nothing than political grand standing, trying to fix their in the gutter image. Will needs to do it better than he has in the past, this is his last chance to save face. Wanna bet what the outcome will be?
on March 7,2013 | 04:54AM
soundofreason wrote:
Clark County shopping for 1700 teachers in a place with cheap housing. Buh bye now. Move along. See ya later.http://www.lvrj.com/news/clark-county-school-district-shops-for-1-700-new-teachers-196225051.html
on March 7,2013 | 05:49PM
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