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Teachers union grilled over stagnant contract negotiations

The state's public request for clarity is meant to "bully" HSTA, an official says

By Mary Vorsino

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 14, 2012

~~<p>Facing growing teacher protests over a labor dispute in its 17th month, the state called on the teachers union Thursday to make clear what it wants in a new contract and to explain why it can't return to the bargaining table before the new year.</p>
<p>&quot;In most protests you have your demands,&quot; said Board of Education member Jim Williams, who is on the state's negotiations team. &quot;In this case we don't have the demands, and I don't think people know that.&quot;</p>
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Facing growing teacher protests over a labor dispute in its 17th month, the state called on the teachers union Thursday to make clear what it wants in a new contract and to explain why it can't return to the bargaining table before the new year.

"In most protests you have your demands," said Board of Education member Jim Williams, who is on the state's negotiations team. "In this case we don't have the demands, and I don't think people know that." Login for more...



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