HSTA holds ratification vote for new contract

Published On: Apr 17 2013 02:40:14 PM HST

Hawaii's public school teachers will be voting on a tentative agreement reached with the state.

Hawaii State Teachers Association members will be voting on the contract Wednesday.

The union and the state sought help from a federal mediator and reached an agreement on March 24.

The deal restores a previous 5 percent pay cut and gives teachers a 3 percent raise on top of that in July.  Teachers will get raises of 3 percent and 3.2 percent in following years.  They'll also have a say in statewide decisions about evaluations.

The last contract expired in June 2011. Teachers voted down a contract offer last year, then tried to pressure the state to accept it later by voting on it again and approving it.

HSTA represents more than 13,000 teachers statewide.


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