Prediction: HSTA Dispute Won't End Before 2017

Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

If you thought the dispute between Hawaii's teachers union and the state would be wrapped up by Christmas, it's definitely time to think again.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association is examining its witnesses at a rate of one per month — primarily because the attorneys say their schedule only allows for about three hearing dates per month. The next hearing is set for Dec. 14.

One witness a month doesn't sound so bad until you consider that there are more than 60 witnesses on the union's list. And the union hasn't even begun putting its own witnesses on the stand. In a departure from standard courtroom/boardroom behavior, HSTA attorney Herb Takahashi started off with key state officials — most of them named opponents in the labor complaint against the state.

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