HONOLULU (KHNL) - Governor Linda Lingle and the Hawaii State Teachers Association have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.
The new contract includes a 7.9% pay cut for teachers. It also calls for 17 furlough days for teachers on a 10-month schedule and 21 furlough days for those on a 12 month schedule.
This affects some13,000 Hawaii public school teachers and workers.
The governor released the following statement Friday afternoon:
"I am pleased that the State has reached a settlement with the Hawai'i State Teachers Association. This was a collaborative effort with the Department of Education and Board of Education taking the lead in the negotiations, in coordination with the Administration's negotiating team. I appreciate the hard work and commitment of all the parties involved in the negotiations.
"This has not been a normal or easy process given the unprecedented economic and fiscal challenges, and there are things that none of us necessarily wanted to do, but that we had to do in order to address the growing budget shortfall, and live within our means.
"We greatly value our teachers and respect the work they do every day to teach our children. I appreciate the patience they have demonstrated throughout this process.