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.
The Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA), the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA), and the United Public Workers (UPW) stand in strong opposition to Gov. David Ige’s plan to unilaterally implement furloughs starting in January 2021.
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.