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Press Release: State Urges HSTA to Make Contract Proposal

Press Release: State Urges HSTA to Make Contract Proposal

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State's contract proposal with the Hawaii State Teachers Association
State's contract proposal with the Hawaii State Teachers Association

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 HAWAII STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
 
News Release
NEIL ABERCROMBIE KATHRYN S. MATAYOSHI
 GOVERNOR SUPERINTENDENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 10, 2012
 
State Urges HSTA to Make Contract Proposal
HONOLULU – The state’s negotiating team presented a comprehensive settlement offerto the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) hoping to reach a resolution for publicschool teachers and students. This evening, HSTA’s negotiating team responded that itwas unwilling to accept the offer.The state’s settlement offer for a 2013-15 contract included:
 
$49 million of new compensation which included two percent raises in each yearof the contract for all teachers;
 
Restoring the five percent reduction in teacher compensation that was institutedin 2011;
 
 Additional support, compensation, and incentives for professional performance;
 
24 bargaining items, which HSTA had previously agreed to over the 26 priormonths of bargaining, and
 
 An advisory committee, including HSTA representatives, to review the newteacher evaluation system and continued recognition of all teachers’ due processrights. “HSTA leaders were unwilling to accept more than $49 million of new compensation forour teachers,” stated Board of Education member Jim Williams. “This proposal was $11million more than what was offered in any previous state proposal. We are disappointedsince the offer included more compensation and was also in line with proposals thatHSTA leaders have previously approved.”  “We made a comprehensive and fair offer and remain committed to reaching a contractwith HSTA,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We remain committed tonegotiating to reach a resolution that results in a ratified contract.” The state proposed to resume negotiations on December 19, 2012, but HSTA is notavailable until January 11, 2013.-more-

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