Despite our calls to the contrary, many schools across the state welcomed thousands of students on campuses today, and additional face-to-face interactions are planned through the week. This cannot continue if we truly want to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in our communities.
This employee is currently self-isolating and, out of an abundance of caution, the HSTA closed the building for deep cleaning Monday. Due to strict safety protocols that included mask and social distancing requirements, no other employees were likely exposed.
In the last four days, the Hawaii State Teachers Association has received reports of employees at seven Oahu schools diagnosed with COVID-19, even before students return to public school campuses on Monday.
Many principals and complex area superintendents have drastically changed their approach, opting for grab-and-go arrangements to keep the number of students on campuses much lower than originally planned.
The state’s dangerous plans for in-person learning while coronavirus cases are exploding in our state, along with other violations of labor agreements, prompted the Hawaii State Teachers Association to file a prohibited practice complaint with the Hawaii Labor Relations Board against the state of Hawaii.
Nothing would make HSTA happier than if their statements were a reality, but teachers have been telling us the exact opposite.
Returning students to in-person learning, especially during a time when Hawaii has the fastest growing infection rate in the country with today’s one-day record of 355 cases, creates an unsafe working condition for members of Bargaining Unit 05.
The coronavirus pandemic has taken a heavy financial toll on many Hawaii families, our members included. With all that is going on, bills still need to be paid, groceries purchased, and basic needs met. Many individuals and families may also experience changes to employment that can affect household income.
It’s not too late to become an HSTA VEBA Trust participant. Enroll in one of our plans and take advantage of our incredible group rates and members-only premium subsidies.
The HSTA Higher Education Benefit just got better! HSTA members and their families can now earn a bachelor’s degree with no out-of-pocket costs. Bachelor of Science degree programs are available in the following areas: Teacher Education, Criminal Justice, and Business Administration.