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Ige says he’s considering ‘other options’ to pay cuts he calls a ‘last resort’

Ige says he’s considering ‘other options’ to pay cuts he calls a ‘last resort’

HSTA demands bargaining with the state over potential pay reductions

For the first time since his administration floated the unwise idea of 20-percent pay cuts for state employees, including educators, Gov. David Ige appears to be considering a federal low-interest loan program suggested by the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) and other unions to avoid those reductions.

  Friday, May 1, 2020  /  Number of views (1592)
Hawaii business leaders caution against cutting government employees’ pay

Hawaii business leaders caution against cutting government employees’ pay

'I don’t think now is the time to have pay cuts,' said one well-known developer

Successful Hawaii developer and well-known business leader Stanford Carr spoke out Wednesday against state worker pay cuts floated earlier this month by the administration of Gov. David Ige.

  Wednesday, April 29, 2020  /  Number of views (735)
Register now for HSTA's first-ever State of Our Union on May 16

Register now for HSTA's first-ever State of Our Union on May 16

Remote broadcast aims to update membership about what’s happening with our association

In lieu of a traditional convention, HSTA will hold a virtual “State of Our Union” on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. to update our valued members about what’s happening with our association during this uncertain time.

  Sunday, April 26, 2020  /  Number of views (2683)
HSTA reaches agreement with HIDOE on end-of-year checkout procedures

HSTA reaches agreement with HIDOE on end-of-year checkout procedures

You should NOT perform an inventory of materials, move furniture, or meet face to face

This agreement outlines what tasks teachers can and can’t be asked to complete, how teachers will be scheduled to come to campus, guidance on entering campus and workspaces, safety precautions, and an exception process for those who may have health concerns related to COVID-19.  

  Friday, April 24, 2020  /  Number of views (12235)
HIDOE creates new behavior analyst teacher position

HIDOE creates new behavior analyst teacher position

Roughly 30 to 40 of these BAT posts will be created across the state

The HIDOE anticipates approximately 30-40 positions will be created at the complex/district/state level to address behavior analyst work within the department.

  Friday, April 24, 2020  /  Number of views (1776)
Educators join public-sector union volunteers attacking jobless claims backlog

Educators join public-sector union volunteers attacking jobless claims backlog

They juggled classroom commitments and received permission to help out-of-work people obtain benefits

Some educators juggled their remote teaching commitments to join more than 100 other public-sector union member volunteers from HSTA, HGEA and UHPA who started working on the massive backlog of unemployment claims Thursday at the Hawaii Convention Center. 

  Friday, April 24, 2020  /  Number of views (1473)
NEA president to Gov. Ige: ‘Hawaii’s students and their families deserve better’ than pay cuts

NEA president to Gov. Ige: ‘Hawaii’s students and their families deserve better’ than pay cuts

If educators' pay is reduced, Hawaii will very likely lose teachers across the spectrum, she said

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.”

  Friday, April 24, 2020  /  Number of views (1730)
NEA Foundation offers grants up to $5,000 for rapid response, leadership, and student success during pandemic

NEA Foundation offers grants up to $5,000 for rapid response, leadership, and student success during pandemic

HSTA members are eligible to apply now for grants that begin in the spring, summer, and fall

The NEA Foundation is proud to stand with educators and offer these grant opportunities during this challenging time. 

  Thursday, April 23, 2020  /  Number of views (973)
Hawaii State FCU offers emergency assistance loans, financial tips for challenging times

Hawaii State FCU offers emergency assistance loans, financial tips for challenging times

Learn more about the credit union's financial resources and assistance programs

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.

  Thursday, April 23, 2020  /  Number of views (252)
HSTA president urges governor to 'take the right actions' during coronavirus crisis

HSTA president urges governor to 'take the right actions' during coronavirus crisis

Letter stresses negative impacts to education, offers alternatives to balance state budget

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.”

  Thursday, April 23, 2020  /  Number of views (803)
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