Hawai‘i responds to teachers union complaint

HONOLULU — The state has formally responded to a complaint filed by the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association with the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board.

The state’s 41-page response says the teachers union has engaged in “a consistent pattern and practice of bad faith bargaining and litigation” over the past three years. Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and Board of Education Chairman Don Horner, said in a joint statement Thursday their focus remains on “working together with educators and parents to make this upcoming school year a truly outstanding one for Hawai‘i’s students.”

The union’s complaint claimed the state walked away from negotiations 10 days before the contract ended and unilaterally implemented what amounts to a 5 percent wage cut.

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