50+ schools hold 'Work To The Rules' protest

By Ryan Kalei Tsuji
Published On: Nov 29 2012 10:45:00 AM HST

Teachers from more than 50 schools across the state partcipated in the "Work To Rule" protest on Thursday.

HONOLULU -

Public school teachers at more than 50 schools across the state held the "Work To The Rules" protest Thursday.  The number of participating schools is expected to grow.

It's a protest where teachers will spend a few hours before and after their official hours of work voicing their frustrations regarding current contract negotiations.

The initial protest was held at Campbell High School with more than 600 teachers and students participating in that protest.

Teachers were out in force at 7 a.m. and will be out in force in the afternoon.

Contract negotiations between the Hawaii State Teachers Association and Gov. Neil Abercrombie's administration continue to be ongoing.

In the last proposal, the state sought to restore teachers' pay back to the 2007 level.

However, teachers argued that it did not account for for the increased share in health care cost from a 60/40 split to a 50/50 split, which essentially equates to what they say is a 2-to-3-percent decrease in pay.

Newly hired teachers would also lose eight days of medical leave.

On the "Work To The Rules" protest Facebook page, teachers also state:  "The Governor insists that the state cannot afford to pay teachers fairly, yet HPD and HFD have taken no pay cuts, and UHPA is actually getting a pay raise."

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While there seems to be much public support behind the teachers and their protest, there have been a few other unions, also in contract negotiations with the state, that have not been as supportive.

KITV4 News has spoken with a few representatives from other state agencies who say they are also underpaid and work well beyond their contractual hours.

Last week, teachers pledged to continue the protest every Thursday for three weeks.

"Work To The Rules" Participating Schools

  1. Aiea High
  2. Ewa Makai Middle
  3. Farrington High
  4. Hale Kula Elementary
  5. Hilo High
  6. Hilo Intermediate
  7. Holomua Elementary
  8. Honokaa Elementary
  9. Honokaa High School
  10. Honowai Elementary
  11. Hookena Elementary
  12. Ilima Intermediate
  13. Iroqouis Point
  14. James Campbell High
  15. Kaaawa Elementary
  16. Kahuku High & Intermediate
  17. Kahului Elementary
  18. Kailua High
  19. Kaimiloa Elementary
  20. Kaimuki Middle
  21. Kalaheo High
  22. Kaleiopuu Elementary
  23. Kanoelani Elementary
  24. Kapaa Middle
  25. Kauai High
  26. Kaunakakai Middle
  27. Kawananakoa Middle
  28. Kealakehe Intermediate
  29. Kealakehe Elementary
  30. Kealakehe Intermediate
  31. Kealakehe High
  32. Keaau Elementary
  33. Keonepoko Elementary
  34. King Kaumualii Elementary
  35. King Kekaulike High
  36. Kohala High
  37. Konawaena Middle
  38. Lokelani Intermediate
  39. Maili Elementary
  40. Makaha Elementary
  41. McKinley High
  42. Moanalua Elementary
  43. Moanalua High
  44. Mountain View Elementary
  45. Naalehu Elementary & Intermediate
  46. Nanakuli Intermediate
  47. Nuuanu Elementary
  48. Palisades Elementary
  49. Pearl Harbor Kai
  50. PohakeaElementary
  51. Sunset Beach Elementary
  52. Theodore Roosevelt High
  53. University Laboratory School
  54. Waiakea High
  55. Waikoloa Elementary & Middle
  56. Waipahu High School
  57. Waipahu Intermediate
  58. Wilcox Elementary

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