HSTA leaders spent about three hours negotiating with the employer today to work out a conceptual agreement for our members to work from home. When that agreement is finalized, we will send an email update to our members with more details.
The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) announced today it will keep all public schools closed for a total of three weeks to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
We feel, as many of you do, that this announcement is incredibly vague. We have not negotiated an agreement regarding the work of Bargaining Unit 05 teachers from March 23 on.
Ballots cast on Teacher Institute Day 2020 were counted and the results have been certified. Please note most chapters will have two sets of results: one for elections and one for leaders elected by acclamation.
If you are a 12-month teacher and not on a multi-track, please review the procedures and related documents, then reach out to your supervisor and discuss your options.
On March 17, the Hawaii State Teachers Association filed a prohibited practice complaint with the Hawaii Labor Relations Board over Gov. David Ige’s plan directing teachers to return to public schools on March 23.
On March 16, HSTA live-streamed a briefing on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to offer a comprehensive overview of where things currently stood, and what questions and concerns we posed to the HIDOE.
With Hawaii and the United States in declared states of emergency, the Hawaii State Teachers Association is taking action to ensure our members’ contractual rights, and health and well-being are protected.
On March 13, the HSTA sent communication to both the HIDOE and all 37 public charter schools regarding their obligation to consult and/or bargain with the HSTA regarding the wages, hours, and working conditions of our members.
Earlier in the day, teachers from Oahu and Maui delivered educator declarations signed by thousands of HSTA members across the state calling for higher pay for veterans and differentials for key shortage areas in special education, hard-to-staff schools and Hawaiian language immersion.