Teacher contract negotiations sour

State claims union rejected offer; HSTA says state allowed deal to expire

Published  10:41 AM HST Dec 10, 2012
HONOLULU -

A state proposal for a new 2013 to 2015 contract is off the table.  The state claims the teachers union rejected the offer while the HSTA says the state allowed the offer to expire.

The state's proposed contract included $49 million in new compensation which included a two percent pay raises each year, but the HSTA says that won't make up for the $100 million teachers saw in wage losses over the past three-and-a-half years.

The state offer would restore the five percent reduction in teacher pay that was instituted in 2011 and included an advisory committee to review the controversial new teacher evaluation system.

The HSTA said teachers are not being fairly treated and are being offered less money than other state workers.  The HSTA said agreeing to the state's offer of teacher evaluations would be like taking "a blind leap of faith" on an undefined and undeveloped system.

Negotiations are expected to pick up again in January.

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