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HSTA president addresses national meeting to boost relief for schools, states during pandemic

HSTA president addresses national meeting to boost relief for schools, states during pandemic

Members can get involved to pressure Congress to pass the $3 trillion aid package

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee told a National Education Association tele-town hall audience Thursday about the HSTA’s successful efforts to fight a proposal that would have cut the pay of teachers and other state workers in the islands.

  Thursday, May 14, 2020  /  Number of views (874)
Ige's message to state workers: ‘No immediate need to consider pay cuts’

Ige's message to state workers: ‘No immediate need to consider pay cuts’

The governor made the announcement in a video late Tuesday

“There is no immediate need to consider pay cuts or furloughs. This is the last thing that anyone wants to do, and I’m hopeful that we will find ways to narrow the budget gap," Gov. David Ige said Tuesday.

  Tuesday, May 12, 2020  /  Number of views (2015)
Lawmakers' short-term plan will avoid state employee pay cuts

Lawmakers' short-term plan will avoid state employee pay cuts

Money chairs say they can cover a $1 billion shortfall without reducing workers’ salaries

The chairs of the state Senate Ways and Means and state House Finance committees say they believe they can balance the state budget that’s been hit hard by a lack of tourism during the coronavirus, without having to reduce public employees’ pay in the months ahead.

  Friday, May 8, 2020  /  Number of views (1791)
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 (1662)
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 (1775)
HSTA, AFSCME, HGEA offer governor 15+ alternatives to public worker pay cuts

HSTA, AFSCME, HGEA offer governor 15+ alternatives to public worker pay cuts

Firefighters' union president assails possible pay reductions for airport firefighters

Union leaders offer more than 15 budgetary options to avoid docking state employees' pay because of plummeting state revenues caused by the coronavirus.

  Thursday, April 23, 2020  /  Number of views (2608)
Pay cuts less likely as Congress poised to give states more federal aid

Pay cuts less likely as Congress poised to give states more federal aid

President says aid to states will be discussed in future bailout bill

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.

  Tuesday, April 21, 2020  /  Number of views (1339)
Governor says state pay cuts ‘the last resort’ in dealing with coronavirus' financial effects

Governor says state pay cuts ‘the last resort’ in dealing with coronavirus' financial effects

Ige would tap the state’s rainy day fund, federal support before cutting salaries

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.

  Monday, April 20, 2020  /  Number of views (1356)
HSTA, legislative leaders oppose governor's plan to cut salaries for public workers

HSTA, legislative leaders oppose governor's plan to cut salaries for public workers

Public sector unions were told 10- and 20-percent salary cuts could occur as early as May 1

Legislative leaders joined HSTA educators in opposing Gov. David Ige's initial pay cut idea, and he said Wednesday “no decisions have been made yet.“

  Wednesday, April 15, 2020  /  Number of views (8739)
HSTA applauds governor's intent to veto bill on e-cigarettes in schools

HSTA applauds governor's intent to veto bill on e-cigarettes in schools

SB 1405 calls for confiscation, increased fines for youth

HSTA has always opposed laws that focus on penalizing our youth for the use and possession of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. We do not want laws like this to contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline.

  Friday, June 28, 2019  /  Number of views (1337)
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