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Unions submit joint testimony to BOE on school reopening options

Unions submit joint testimony to BOE on school reopening options

HSTA, HGEA, and UPW send in testimony ahead of special meeting July 30

On Thursday, July 30, at 1 p.m., the board will hold a special meeting to discuss school reopening options. The agenda includes three action items that link to background, recommendations, and implications as submitted by the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE). On Tuesday, July 28, we submitted joint testimony with HGEA and UPW on all three action items, which we are sharing below.

  Tuesday, July 28, 2020  /  Number of views (1168)
BOE to consider school calendar changes because of outcry

BOE to consider school calendar changes because of outcry

Teacher, principal testimony helped the board see numerous reopening concerns

BOE Chair Catherine Payne said the board will “hold a special meeting to address the concerns in the testimony about training and health matters that came up. At that point, we could also consider a waiver (of the 180 required student instructional days) for some additional professional development days.”

  Friday, July 24, 2020  /  Number of views (4953)
HSTA, HGEA, UPW issue joint statement calling for delayed return of students to campus

HSTA, HGEA, UPW issue joint statement calling for delayed return of students to campus

Additional steps must be taken to ensure the safe return of our staff, keiki

We have a critical obligation to our communities to take every step and precaution necessary to ensure the safety of our students and members as we reopen schools.

  Wednesday, July 22, 2020  /  Number of views (3645)
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 (1669)
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 (2618)
HSTA endorses Bennett Yap for Hawaii Employees' Retirement System (ERS) trustee

HSTA endorses Bennett Yap for Hawaii Employees' Retirement System (ERS) trustee

The 25-year state employee currently serves as HGEA treasurer and board member

As a 25-year employee of the State of Hawaii, working for the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Yap is a dedicated public servant who cares deeply about the health and preservation of the Hawaii ERS. 

  Saturday, September 21, 2019  /  Number of views (1038)
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