Union rep: Gov failed to bargain in ‘good faith’

HONOULU — Hawai‘i teachers are upset not only over the contents of the state’s “last, best, final” contract offer, but also with the tactics used to present them, says a union representative with the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s decision to go public with the state’s final offer for 12,700 school teachers was not in keeping with the ‘good faith’ requirement in collective bargaining law, said Beatrice DeRego-Coffield, a reading teacher at Kahuku High School who is also a union grievance representative for the Windward Complex.

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