Governor, Teachers Union Reach Tentative Accord

HONOLULU (KHNL) - News that will affect some 13,000 people in Hawaii.

They're all members of the Hawaii State Teachers Association.

Friday night Governor Linda Lingle announced the state reached an agreement for a new tentative contract with the union.

It would give teachers a 4% raise at the start of the next school year and there would be another 4% raise at the start of the second semester in the 2008 school year.

The agreement also includes the development of a random drug and alcohol testing program.

HSTA members must now approve the tentative deal.

Lingle says the contract is a fair settlement that recognizes the dedication and hard work of teachers.

If the agreement is adopted, teachers who also serve as band directors, drama, coaches, chorus directors, grade level chairpersons and agricultural teachers would have their supplementary pay increased by 25 percent per year.

The random drug and alcohol testing program to be worked out between the Department of Education and the HSTA would beimplemented no later than June 30th, 2008.