Hawaii Teachers Can't Strike, But They Can Do Only The Minimum

Photo courtesy of Hawaii Teachers Work To The Rules.

Following the rules. That's what some Hawaii teachers say they're going to do — and nothing more — until their union leaders reach a new contract agreement with the state.

Papers won't get graded. Prom won't get planned. Students won't get tutored.

Teachers intend to stop doing all the work they do on their own dime, limiting their hours to what's contractually obligated, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everything else that would normally get done won't on work-to-rule protest days, the first of which was last week at Campbell High School and a few other campuses around the state.

A growing number of schools plan to join in a similar protest Nov. 29, and teachers say the demonstrations will escalate in frequency to increase public awareness and put more pressure on the governor to give them a fair contract.

"We don't want to do this. We want to be with our students," Campbell High School social studies teacher Corey Rosenlee told Civil Beat. "But we've had two imposed mandates and it's not looking any better."

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