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.
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.
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.”
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.
The superintendent answered questions that are on many educators' minds, from a potential pay cut and budget issues to how school might look assuming classes reopen in the fall.
The HSTA joins HGEA and UHPA in working together to expedite relief for those recently unemployed in our communities. We call on our Oahu-based members who are able to volunteer to help process claims and get unemployment checks out quickly.