Hawaii teachers union takes labor dispute to Supreme Court
Honolulu, Hawaii: On August 29, the Hawaii State Teachers Association asked the State Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus ordering the Hawaii Labor Relations Board to rule on the Association's petition. The petition asks that the teachers' original, pre-July 1 contract be reinstated.
In late June, Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) abandoned negotiations (effective July 1) and imposed the state's "last, best and final offer," citing a deadlock with the union. Although the move is permissible under federal law when negotiations have reached an impasse, the union challenged this characterization and filed a complaint against the Governor for engaging in prohibited practices. On August 15, after a struggle over how to resume negotiations, the union filed a separate ethics complaint against the Abercrombie for contacting the HLRB directly with his appeal for mediated talks.
- Original HSTA Complaint, filed with the HLRB (dead link)
- HSTA Ethics Complaint, filed with the State Ethics Commission (dead link)
- Letter of Gov. Abercrombie to HLRB
- Houston Chronicle, "Hawaii teachers turn to state Supreme Court," August 30, 2011
- Honolulu Civil Beat, "Hawaii Gov Rejects Union's Mediation Request," August 8, 2011
- Honolulu Civil Beat, "Gov. Agrees To Mediation, Union Fires Back With Ethics Complaint, August 15, 2011
- Honolulu Civil Beat, "Gov: Union Negotiators Agreed To HSTA Contract," July 1, 2011