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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 (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)
Kauai educator to the governor: 'If we work together, we can find a solution that fits'

Kauai educator to the governor: 'If we work together, we can find a solution that fits'

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School band director writes personal message in response to potential pay cuts

Sarah Tochiki, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School band director, said in a message to Gov. David Ige: "I write this letter to ask for you to fulfill what you said you would do, even with this added pandemic challenge."

  Friday, April 17, 2020  /  Number of views (1584)
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)
Legislative session brings some good news for educators

Legislative session brings some good news for educators

Teachers will no longer front HTSB fees; Lawmakers approve huge schools construction budget increase

Lawmakers passed a law which will now use general fund monies to fund the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) instead of using licensing fees paid by teachers.

  Tuesday, May 7, 2019  /  Number of views (1276)
Gov. Ige spotlights education initiative in State of the State address

Gov. Ige spotlights education initiative in State of the State address

“I want us to do much more.”

“Of all the initiatives upon which we’ve embarked, I believe this one will make the greatest difference in preparing our children for the future and in creating a 21st century workforce,” he said.

  Tuesday, January 22, 2019  /  Number of views (1380)
When and where to help HSTA's recommended candidates

When and where to help HSTA's recommended candidates

Find out where your sign waving support is needed across the state

Find out where you can sign wave for HSTA-backed candidates before and after election day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

  Thursday, October 25, 2018  /  Number of views (1338)
Ige supports Con Am; Pledges to assure it will NOT raise cost of living

Ige supports Con Am; Pledges to assure it will NOT raise cost of living

Governor says he'll veto any proposal that would raise residents' property taxes or raise affordable rents

Gov. David Ige pledged during a debate Monday night on KHON2 that he would veto any proposal that raised property taxes for residents or increased rents on affordable properties, disproving the misleading scare tactics being spread by opponents of the constitutional amendment on the ballot in November.

  Tuesday, October 16, 2018  /  Number of views (1451)
HSTA Primary Election action alert!

HSTA Primary Election action alert!

Here's where and when HSTA-backed candidates need your help sign waving, canvassing and phone banking

As the Aug. 11 primary election draws near, the political candidates who've earned HSTA endorsements need your grassroots help. See where and when you can volunteer. Mahalo.

  Sunday, July 29, 2018  /  Number of views (1585)
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