Over the past week, the Hawaii State Teachers Association texted members on Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island regarding the Hawaii State Department of Education’s listening sessions on teacher compensation.
To encourage members to attend, HSTA sent the following message:
“Hi, [NAME]! This is [NAME], fellow teacher & HSTA member. The DOE just announced teacher compensation listening sessions on [DATE] @ [LOCATION]. Can you attend?”
Many members reached out to us with concerns that they were getting fraudulent messages, however HSTA confirms these texts were sent by individual member leaders who followed up with more information whenever a response was received.
Member engagement involving critical, time-sensitive information sometimes requires HSTA to spread the word through means other than email, social media, or hard-copy flyers.
Insufficient compensation affects all of our members and, with only a few days' notice, the HIDOE announced listening tours by a consultant conducting a salary study on teacher compensation.
To alert members, HSTA had leaders communicate directly with members via text message using an app called Hustle.
Hustle allows individual member leaders to text fellow members while keeping the information of the sender and the recipient private and secure.
No member phone numbers are provided or are visible to volunteers who send the messages, and the phone numbers listed on the text conversations are not the personal phone numbers of the volunteer senders.
The setup is similar to Uber, where a driver and passenger can communicate electronically without learning each others' phone numbers.
If a recipient does not wish to receive further communication, they can say so and their phone number will no longer be in service by Hustle.
HSTA will make every effort to keep communication in this fashion short and informative, and for important, time-sensitive reasons.
Rest assured that your information is kept private and secure.
Click here for more information on Hustle.
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