The Hawaii Labor Relations Board (HLRB) this week denied the state’s motion to dismiss the Hawaii State Teachers Association’s (HSTA) prohibited practice complaint about the state refusing to bargain with HSTA over rapidly changing coronavirus threats to its members.
The HLRB has set a hearing on the case starting Sept. 23.
As coronavirus cases increased in the state, the HSTA requested impact bargaining with the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) over the changing community conditions (with COVID-19 spreading) and newly modified instructional plans. The HLRB complaint centers on the state’s refusal to bargain with HSTA over the change in working conditions, especially in light of the exponential growth in the spread of COVID-19 and infections at a growing number of schools since the beginning of August and/or failing to bargain in good faith.
Among the specific issues to be decided in the case:
The HLRB dismissed other portions of HSTA’s prohibited practice complaint which are being addressed in the class grievance the HSTA filed Aug. 17.
The HSTA sent a letter Tuesday to the HIDOE to request in writing key guidance, procedures, and clarification during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The HSTA has sought answers and clarification to much of this information for weeks and months. This formal written request follows the class grievance that HSTA filed on behalf of Bargaining Unit 05 employees over violations to the HSTA collective bargaining agreement and memorandum of understanding reached with the state of Hawaii in June.
View the HLRB order here.
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