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Statement from HSTA, Dec. 10, 2012

Statement from HSTA, Dec. 10, 2012

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HSTA President Wil Okabe's statement regarding contract negotiations
HSTA President Wil Okabe's statement regarding contract negotiations

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 10, 2012Contact: Maya RossCell: 294-5165www.ContractfortheFuture.orgwww.HSTA.org
Statement from Wil Okabe, President of the Hawaii State TeachersAssociation, Regarding Negotiations
“Today,HSTAresumednegotiationswiththeState.Unfortunately,thethirdbargainingsessionwascutshortastheStatedeclareditsofferexpired,sinceHSTAcouldnotaccepttheofferinitsentirety.”“TheState’stwoyear,$49millioneconomicpackage,paledincomparisontotheover$100millioninwagelossesteachersstruggledtoendureastheyhelpedtheStateoverthepast3½yearsmovetowardseconomicrecovery.Now,astheStateisrealizingsurplusesinexcessof$300million,HSTAisbeingoffered2%increasesforeachofthenext2yearswhiletheStatehasalreadyguaranteedmembersoftheUniversityofHawaiiProfessionalAssembly(UHPA)3%foreachofthenext2years.WhiletheStatehasindicatedthatallaffectedgovernmentworkerswouldhavetheirsalariesrestoredto2009levels,UHPAmemberswillenjoyareimbursementofallpaycutstakenduringthissametimeperiod.”“HSTAsharedsomepreliminaryresultsofitsteacherpollwhichindicatesthatteacherretentionisatriskiftherearenoimprovementstoteachingconditionsandcompensation.Aftersharingthisinformation,HSTAwasdisappointedthattheStatewithdrewitsoffer,andsaiditwouldreinstateitsJuly31,2012offer,withitsupdatedeconomicoffer.”“PartoftheState’sofferalsorequiredteacherstotakeablindleapoffaithbyagreeingtoanevaluationsystemthathasnotbeenfullydevelopedordefined,yetwoulddetermineallfuturecompensationandjobsecurity.Amajorconcernhasbeenovertheheavyuseofstudenttestscorestomeasureteachereffectiveness.NoChildLeftBehindhasclearlydemonstratedthatoverrelianceonstudenttestscoresputsundueandunfairpressureonstudentswithoutprovidingforawell-roundededucation.”“HSTAhasalsoquestionedwhethertheDOEhasfullyplannedandbudgetedforimplementationofallphasesoftheEffectiveEducatorSystem.HSTAreferredtonationalreportsthatcautionagainstrushingintoanewsystemwithoutensuringthatthefundingandsupportsareinplace.TheState’scurrentimplementationtimelineistorolloutastatewidepilotbeginningnextschoolyeardespiteconcernsraisedthroughoutthestate.”

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