HSTA: Breakthrough in Stalled Negotiations
UPDATED 5/3/12 10:30 a.m.
Hawaii teachers will vote again on the contract settlement offer they overwhelmingly rejected in January, union leaders announced Wednesday night.
HSTA President Wil Okabe sent an email blast to members and posted a lengthy message on the union's Facebook page explaining the decision. The HSTA bargaining team and the union's board of directors unanimously decided Tuesday evening to ask the membership to reconsider the Jan. 6 tentative settlement.
Okabe also acknowledged that his team made a mistake in the way they handled the last vote, and promised not to repeat the flub.
"In order to rectify our mistake in rushing a ratification vote on January 19 — less than two weeks after the settlement was negotiated — we are initiating a full schedule of informational meetings for HSTA members," Okabe wrote in his letter to the governor announcing the board's decision.