Hawaii State AFL-CIO and Hawaii State Teachers Association Announce Affiliation

Roy Takumi, Hawaii State AFL-CIO, 808-597-1441
Lea Okudara, Hawaii State Teachers Association, 808.237.2991

Hawaii State AFL-CIO and Hawaii State Teachers Association Announce Affiliation

(Honolulu, December 17, 2013) Today, the Hawaii State AFL-CIO and the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) publicly announced the affiliations of all 12 HSTA chapters with the state’s largest labor federation. Certificates of Affiliation were presented to HSTA at the biennial Hawaii State AFL-CIO Convention on November 14, 2013 where the partnership became official.

In addition to the HSTA’s alliance with the National Education Association, the new affiliation with the Hawaii State AFL-CIO will help to strengthen and enhance collective efforts to advocate for the needs of students and their families, educators’ and other workers’ rights in the workplace.

“A quality education is one of the key ingredients to building a strong local workforce and creating shared prosperity for all of Hawaii’s working families,” said Hawaii State AFL-CIO President Randy Perreira. “We will continue to build on the success of this new affiliation by working in unity with the members of the HSTA to ensure the ongoing improvement of education in Hawaii for all students.”

“The HSTA’s priority is to lead and advocate change in our schools to improve the practice of teaching and student learning conditions,” said HSTA president, Wil Okabe. “A partnership with the AFL-CIO will allow our 13,500 members an opportunity to work with other union members in the community to promote a shared goal of transforming education in the state of Hawaii.”


Since 1966, the Hawaii State AFL-CIO has used the collective strength of the labor movement in the state to protect and advance the interests of all workers and their families.  It is a voluntary federation of 74 local affiliate unions and councils.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association is the exclusive representative of more than 13,500 public school teachers statewide. As the state affiliate of the more than 3-million-member National Education Association, HSTA represents and supports teachers in collective bargaining, as well as with legislative and professional development issues.

Member Message:  AFL-CIO affiliation reviewed

Wed, October 02, 2013 - 1:11

Strengthening our voice and working together with community groups that share our mission.

Aloha Colleagues,
Your HSTA elected teacher leaders are listening to member concerns about our union.  We have taken them to heart and are focusing on 3 priorities that will make HSTA stronger than ever:

1.  HSTA will position the union as the leader in
  education transformation that focuses on the student;

2.  HSTA will increase its relevance to all members;

3.  HSTA will provide programs and supports to meet
  the professional needs of new teachers.

In response to what you told us, we will continue to strive to meet both the professional and personal needs of our membership by advocating for our members, strengthening the teaching profession, and improving the well-being of all members so our schools can recruit and retain the best, brightest, and most committed teachers for our students.

Recently, the teachers on your Board of Directors discussed exploring an opportunity to benefit members as well as the students that we teach and also connects with the input we received from members during school visits and member surveys.

As a result, the HSTA Board has approved an initiative to apply for a potential membership with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).  This means that in addition to our affiliation with the National Education Association (NEA), a partnership with the AFL-CIO would strengthen the HSTA’s voice in union debates for the benefit of its 13,500 members, as well as broaden its partnerships with other unions to promote educational transformation for Hawaii.

Thank you for your input.  We will continue to look for more ways to be a powerful advocate for our members.

Wil Okabe

Note: This message was distributed to members with registered personal e-mail addresses on October 1, 2013.

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