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State slows effort to hold talks, teachers union says

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Barbara Hotta Abrew, a language arts teacher at McKinley High School, picketed Tuesday along with other teachers at the corner of King and Pensacola streets. The Hawaii State Teachers Association said contract talks are slow because key representatives for the state haven’t come to the bargaining table.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    On King and Pensacola, Mckinley teachers picket. Two McKinley counselors, Lisa Ppcanquites, left, and LIsa Saito waved signs with Pacanquites’ sons, Trevyn, and Coltyn.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Thousands of teachers statewide took part in sign-waving events before school Tuesday to call attention to ongoing contract talks between the Hawaii State Teachers Association and the state. Science teacher Jossefin Rasay, right, joined fellow McKinley High School teachers in front of the school at the intersection of King and Pensacola streets.

The head of the teachers union says contract talks with the state have been hamstrung in recent weeks because key representatives for the state haven’t come to the bargaining table to hammer out proposals. Read more

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