HSTA, State hit snag on contract negotiations

Kathryn Matayoshi
Kathryn Matayoshi

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With a looming teacher's contract set to expire next Thursday, negotiations between the Hawaii State Teachers Association and the state seem to have hit a snag.

In separate statements released by Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the Department of Education, they lay out a plan for a five percent wage reduction, 50-50 employer-employee contribution for health benefits and increased prep time for teachers.

However, in a letter sent out to members from HSTA President Wil Okabe, he calls the proposal a "B-minus."

Okabe tells teachers the union will explore all legal avenues in negotiations.

However, time is running short as the upcoming school year is just weeks away.

Click HERE to view a video statement from DOE Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.

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