Bargaining Unit 05 (BU05) employees of the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) and public charter schools have voted to ratify a new two-year contract. The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) is the exclusive BU05 representative.
At Thursday’s Board of Education meeting, Sean Bacon, interim assistant superintendent, Office of Talent Management, and BOE Chair Catherine Payne, expressed their support for job-embedded professional development (21 hours).
We have reached a tentative agreement with the employer, and your bargaining team, the HSTA Negotiations Committee, and the HSTA Board of Directors overwhelmingly recommend your support in a vote of YES to ratify the agreement.
No Bargaining Unit 05 employee should be given work related to summer programming as part of their position as a 10-month or 12-month employee under the HSTA collective bargaining agreement.
While your HSTA Negotiations Team is pleased to report that the employer is no longer proposing a large, across-the-board pay cut, the state still wants to eliminate key memoranda of understanding (MOUs) and differentials, which would result in reduced pay and loss of important protections.
After receiving an overwhelming amount of written and oral testimony critical of the leadership of Hawaii’s controversial state schools superintendent Christina Kishimoto, the Hawaii Board of Education’s Human Resources Committee postponed a vote to consider whether to approve her new contract.
An overwhelming number of people who submitted written testimony to the Hawaii Board of Education as of midday Wednesday asked the BOE not to renew the contract of Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto.
The HSTA Board of Directors voted unanimously to advocate that the Hawaii Board of Education not renew the employment contract of Dr. Christina Kishimoto for superintendent of the Department of Education. Her current contract expires July 31.
HSTA and the employer met for the second negotiations session on Friday, Jan. 29. We were very concerned about the lack of focus and preparation on the other side of the table.