The Hawaii State Teachers Association Friday filed a prohibited practice complaint with the Hawaii Labor Relations Board, challenging the state’s unilateral imposition of furloughs on more than 13,000 HSTA members starting Jan. 4.
Members of the Hawaii State Board of Education Thursday said they oppose school employee furloughs, and several went so far as to ask the governor to rescind the furloughs since members of Congress are finalizing a pandemic aid package that contains more than $54 billion for public schools.
Living paycheck to paycheck, a Hawaii Island teacher explains how furloughs would hurt his family and many others
Nico Friedman, a teacher at Kealakehe High School on Hawaii Island, submitted public written testimony to the Hawaii State Board of Education.
The HSTA has not agreed to furloughs, and any implementation would violate our collective bargaining agreement. We are consulting with our attorneys and plan to take any legal action in the near future to challenge the HIDOE’s furlough plan.
“The Hawaii State Teachers Association requests that the Board of Education stand with our keiki and write a letter urging Gov. David Ige to prevent destructive furloughs and protect public education funding for our keiki.”
The Hawaii State Teachers Association encourages all members to share your personal stories on how potential furloughs will affect you and your students before the Hawaii State Board of Education holds its next meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17.
These negotiations updates on the governor’s imposed furloughs, negotiations for HSTA’s next contract, and COVID-19 impact negotiations for school year 2020–21 could potentially impact your working conditions and future compensation.
Hawaii State Department of Education employees will have to take six to 10 days of unpaid leave next semester, state Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said Thursday as part of the governor’s plan to impose statewide furloughs.
One day after Gov. David Ige announced plans to furlough tens of thousands of employees in his state workforce, details are emerging showing the so-called plan actually isn’t one.
HSTA opposes this action, and we are willing to take the governor to court to keep it from happening by asserting and protecting our collective bargaining rights. These furloughs would create devastating, long-lasting consequences for our schools and our keiki.