State had no backup plan when HSTA rejected agreement on contracts

State negotiators had no explicit backup plan in the event that Hawai‘i teachers rejected their collective bargaining agreement in June, according to Don Horner’s testimony before the labor board.

The Board of Education chairman finished a three-day stint on the witness stand Monday in a labor dispute between the teachers union and the state.

The hearing is to determine whether Gov. Neil Abercrombie violated teachers’ constitutional right to collective bargaining when he unilaterally implemented a new contract on July 1. The new contract included a 5 percent salary cut and an increase in their health costs.

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