HSTA members to begin voting on rejected offer

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii State Teachers Association members will begin voting on a contract that Gov. Neil Abercrombie says is no longer on the table.

HSTA sent its members their voting instructions earlier this week.

The votes will be cast online or by phone on Thursday and next Tuesday.

The union is asking its teachers to re-vote on the same deal they turned down in January. However, a no-vote amounts to a strike authorization.

The state says that contract is not legal because various conditions have since changed.

The union has rejected the state's requests for new negotiations.

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