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With Prejudice: Teachers Union Withdraws Labor Complaint

·By civilbeat

The Hawaii State Teachers Association has officially withdrawn its complaint with the Hawaii Labor Relations Board, but it didn’t go as smoothly as Gov. Neil Abercrombie would have liked. 

The complaint was filed in July 2011 after the state imposed 5 percent pay cuts and higher medical premiums as part of its “last, best, final offer” to the union when contract negotiations fell apart. HSTA claimed the state violated its collective bargaining rights by forcing teachers to accept the contract. 

The long labor board hearings wrapped up in May 2012,