HSTA Files Against 'Take-It-Or-Leave-It' Tactics
The Hawaii State Teachers Association on Friday filed a formal complaint against Gov. Neil Abercrombie's collective bargaining team, citing bullying at the bargaining table and unsavory "take-it-or-leave-it" tactics, among others.
The union filed the 37-page legal challenge with the Hawaii Labor Relations board late Friday afternoon, two weeks after Abercrombie and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi unilaterally imposed new employment terms on the state's 12,500 teachers.
- Abercrombie established statewide employment policies through the Legislature — a practice that in the past has been ruled unconstitutional by the Hawaii Supreme Court;
- Abercrombie and Matayoshi engaged in "unlawful direct dealing" with teachers after the union rejected the state's proposal;
- Abercrombie unilaterally reneged on a former agreement about teachers' contributions to their state health benefit plans;
- State negotiators prematurely declared an impasse on collective bargaining;
- State negotiators repeatedly threatened the union with a significant budget cut from the Legislature if the state's terms were not accepted.