The Hawaii State Teachers Association is working hard to ensure that our members' health and safety remain a priority, our contract and employment rights are preserved, and information is being communicated in an accurate and timely manner.
Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, wrote Gov. David Ige Friday, telling him that while she understands the fiscal challenges that the coronavirus presents to Hawaii, “reducing the pay of teachers and other public employees will only compound this crisis.”
The NEA Foundation is proud to stand with educators and offer these grant opportunities during this challenging time.
The Hawaii State Federal Credit Union offers its members financial resources and assistance programs, including an emergency assistance loan. In light of COVID-19, Hawaii State FCU is also allowing members to defer their loan payments and make early withdrawals without penalty.
HSTA President Corey Rosenlee writes, “In addition to economic consequences, a reduction in teachers’ salaries would devastate Hawaii’s public schools. We’re hearing from our veteran educators that they would retire, and from our new and experienced teachers who would be forced to leave the profession.”
Union leaders offer more than 15 budgetary options to avoid docking state employees' pay because of plummeting state revenues caused by the coronavirus.
University of Hawaii economic experts say a 20-percent pay cut for state employees, including public school teachers, floated by Gov. David Ige’s administration would worsen Hawaii’s economic slump for several years.
Here are the new dates for the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) Teacher Assignment and Transfer Program (TATP) for the school year 2020-21.
Pay cuts for Hawaii state employees seem less likely after a new $470 billion coronavirus relief plan appeared ready for Congressional approval, while the president said further aid to state and localities would be discussed as part of the next aid package.
Gov. David Ige told a news conference Monday, “I just really want to assure everyone that salary reductions would be the last resort” in dealing with plummeting tax revenues because of the coronavirus.