Gov. David Ige announced Thursday that state government furloughs and layoffs are no longer necessary now that President Joe Biden has signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, also known as the COVID-19 relief bill.
On Dec. 28, HSTA held a live briefing to inform members on furlough threats, our response, and other COVID-19-related updates and actions. Several developments have occurred relating to the governor’s threat of furloughing state employees.
While the governor's restoration of $123 million in school cuts is an improvement, the Hawaii Department of Education still faces roughly $140 million in cuts with hundreds of potential layoffs, the Hawaii State Teachers Association’s president said.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association strongly urges the Hawaii State Board of Education to delay approving the Hawaii State Department of Education’s stimulus funds plan. If passed, the HIDOE plan will violate recently passed federal law, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133), hurt relations with the state Legislature, and cause long-term, lasting damage to Hawaii’s keiki and their teachers.
We want to inform board members not only about the impacts budget reductions and proposed position cuts will have on our teachers and students, but that federal funds should not be used to hire private tutors while the state may fire more than 1,000 qualified teachers and other public school staff.
Are you concerned about the impact of budget cuts, pay cuts, and furloughs? Let our state legislators know how these types of cuts have, and will continue to, hurt our students and our schools.
Gov. David Ige announced Tuesday afternoon he will delay furloughs for state employees to July 1. The Hawaii State Department of Education confirmed to HSTA that the furlough delay applies to HIDOE employees.
On Dec. 28, the Hawaii State Teachers Association held a live briefing to inform members on furlough threats, our response, and other COVID-19-related updates and actions.
On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. David Ige announced he will delay furloughs for state employees, prompting the Hawaii State Department of Education to inform employees that “the scheduled Jan. 4 furlough day will no longer be implemented.”
The Hawaii State Teachers Association is pursuing legal action regarding violations of the contract caused by imposed furloughs. Pending further developments, HSTA has developed a list of frequently asked questions, including information regarding public charter teachers.