Hawaii State Teachers Association

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The Hawaii State Teachers Association is the state chapter for the National Education Association. The union advocates on behalf of teachers and negotiates contracts with the Hawaii State Board of Education on behalf of its 13,000 members.

It was established in 1971 as Hawaii teachers’ official organized representation and claims among its notable accomplishments the development of the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board. The standards board establishes licensing requirements for Hawaii’s public school teachers.

Hawaii has the only statewide school district in the nation and has a student weighted funding formula which allocates budgets according the the number of students enrolled at each school. The HSTA also represents teachers during the months that the  legislature is in session.  Its members also lobby representatives to sponsor legislation to benefit teachers and students.

 HSTA President Corey Rosenlee does most of the speaking on behalf of the union.
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Hawaii State Teachers Association

May 2017

Tuesday, May 23

New School Fees Approved Along Final Stretch Of Rail Line

April 2017

Tuesday, April 25

Governor’s Political Fortunes May Rise With New Teachers’ Contract

March 2017

Friday, March 24

Hawaii Teacher: Stalled Contract Talks Are Prompting Whispers Of A Strike

February 2017

Friday, February 10

Hawaii Teacher: We’re Getting What We Asked For From HSTA

November 2016

Tuesday, November 8

Fee Plan Along Rail Line Pits Schools Against Affordable Housing

May 2016

Tuesday, May 24

Hawaii’s Teachers Union Makes Early Legislative Endorsements

April 2016

Friday, April 15

Lawmakers May Replace State Auditor With Ethics Director

March 2016

Thursday, March 31

SCOTUS Tie A Win For Hawaii Unions

Monday, March 28

Will Hawaii’s Teacher Evaluation System Get Scrapped?

Friday, March 25

Keoki Kerr Leaves TV For HSTA

Tuesday, March 1

HSTA Tax Hike Dies, Support Doesn’t

December 2015

Thursday, December 10

U.S. Bids A Not-So-Fond Farewell To ‘No Child Left Behind’

June 2015

Wednesday, June 10

New Union Leaders Face Challenge Uniting Teachers

May 2015

Thursday, May 21

Teachers Union Candidates Say They’ll Go To Court Over Election Results

Tuesday, May 19

Hawaii Teachers Deserve Better From Their Leadership

Monday, May 11

Runoff Delays Release of Teachers Union Election Results

April 2015

Tuesday, April 7

Where Did HSTA Stand on Resolutions to Increase Teacher Pay?

Thursday, April 2

Hawaii Monitor: Order Blocks Enforcement of Ban on Teachers’ Flyers

October 2014

Tuesday, October 7

Teachers Union Axed Preschool Ballot Campaign to Avoid Breaking Hawaii Law

April 2014

Saturday, April 12

Instructors Ask if Hawaii’s New Teacher Evaluation System Fails Students

August 2013

Thursday, August 15

Making Waves: Corey Rosenlee Is Shaking Up Hawaii Education

February 2013

Wednesday, February 27

Gov: Teachers Union Leaders Holding Up New Contract Agreement

Friday, February 8

Hawaii Teachers Union Asks Lawmakers To Force Labor Board’s Hand

January 2013

Saturday, January 26

State Rejects Hawaii Teachers Union’s ‘Billion-Dollar’ Contract Offer

Thursday, January 17

What’s Going On With Hawaii Ed Task Force On Teacher Evaluations?

Wednesday, January 16

Teachers Union Wants What UPW Got — Bigger Raises, Better Benefits

December 2012

Wednesday, December 12

Hawaii Teacher Evaluation Concerns Keep State, Union From Agreement

November 2012

Friday, November 16

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

Monday, November 12

Hawaii Teachers Union Ramps Up Protests Amid Contract Stalemate

Saturday, November 3

Teachers Union Launches Website for New Contract

October 2012

Saturday, October 20

Hawaii Supreme Court: Labor Board Must Explain Delay in HSTA Case

Friday, October 5

Federal Mediation Fails In Teacher Contract Dispute

June 2012

Monday, June 4

Turnout Fell When Hawaii Teachers Voted On Contract For Second Time

May 2012

Thursday, May 24

Off The Beat: Hawaii Teachers Deserve to Know Re-Vote Turnout

April 2012

Saturday, April 7

Who Should Lead Hawaii’s Teachers Union?

Friday, April 6

Timing Is Everything: Hawaii Teacher Contract Talks Resume

March 2012

Saturday, March 31

Hawaii Gov Remains Defiant on HSTA Standoff

February 2012

Saturday, February 11

Hawaii Teachers Union To Return To Negotiations

Wednesday, February 1

Labor Board Expedites Teachers Union Case

January 2012

Tuesday, January 31

Loophole for Collective Bargaining in Hawaii?

Monday, January 23

Abercrombie: ‘Not A Single Thing We Did Not Do To Try To Accommodate Teachers’

Saturday, January 21

Hawaii Gov Asks Teachers For Counter-Offer

Friday, January 20

LIVE STREAM — Abercrombie Press Conference on Rejected Contract

Off The Beat: Teachers Give Union, State ‘F’ Grade

Hawaii Teachers Reject New Contract With State

Thursday, January 19

What Hawaii Teachers Are Saying About Agreement

Wednesday, January 18

HSTA Agrees To Withdraw Labor Board Complaint If Members Ratify Contract

Saturday, January 14

HSTA Contract Details

Friday, January 13

Teacher Agreement Better Than ‘Last, Best and Final’? Too Soon To Say

Thursday, January 12

Hawaii Teacher Contract Includes ‘Race’ Reforms

Tuesday, January 10

HSTA Hearing Cancelled

Saturday, January 7

Hawaii Teachers And State Reach Agreement

December 2011

Friday, December 23

End in Sight for HSTA’s Complaint Against Hawaii?

Friday, December 2

Prediction: HSTA Dispute Won’t End Before 2017

Impasse Law Key To Hawaii’s Defense Against Union Accusations

November 2011

Wednesday, November 30

State to Teachers: Drop Your Complaint and Strike

Wednesday, November 16

Live Blog Archive: Hawaii Labor Board Hears Teachers Vs. State

Thursday, November 10

Judge Shoots Down HSTA Appeal Of Pay Cuts

October 2011

Friday, October 21

Off the Beat: How to Destroy Faith in the System

Thursday, October 6

Judge: HSTA Attorney ‘Promoted Confusion’

September 2011

Thursday, September 29

HSTA’s Legal Strategy Is Perplexing

Tuesday, September 27

Supreme Court: Hawaii Teachers Can Strike

Capitol Watch: Sept. 27

Friday, September 23

Ethics Commission Dismisses Hawaii Teachers’ Complaint Against Gov

Tuesday, September 20

State Had No Backup Plan When HSTA Rejected Agreement

August 2011

Tuesday, August 30

HSTA Turns To Supreme Court For Help

Saturday, August 27

The Negotiators Behind Hawaii Teachers Contract

Friday, August 26

Hawaii Teachers Bungling Legal Case Against State?

Friday, August 19

Hawaii Labor Board: And Then There Were Two

Thursday, August 18

Hawaii Labor Board Says Gov’s Letter Not a Problem

Tuesday, August 16

Hawaii Teachers Union Sticks To Its Guns On Ethics Complaint

Ethics Question A Snag In Union’s Dispute With State

Monday, August 15

Notes From the Hawaii Labor Relations Board

Gov. Agrees To Mediation, Union Fires Back With Ethics Complaint

Thursday, August 11

Abercrombie Delivers Rousing Pro-Union Speech

Tuesday, August 9

Live Blog: Hawaii Labor Board Hears Teachers’ Complaints Against State

Advantage, Abercrombie

Hawaii Gov Rejects Union’s Mediation Request

Monday, August 8

Unrest In Hawaii Union Ranks Over Arbitration

Sunday, August 7

Hawaii Teachers Accept Governor’s Mediation Offer

Friday, August 5

At Teachers Union/State Settlement Conference, Mum’s The Word

Monday, August 1

Hawaii Teacher Contract Impasse a Non-Issue on Day 1 at Roosevelt High

July 2011

Friday, July 29

Hearings Set For Teachers’ Complaint Against State

Abercrombie: ‘Happy to Entertain Counteroffers’ From Teachers Union

Thursday, July 28

Hawaii Teachers Union President Sends Personal Appeal to Abercrombie

Okabe: Hired Attorney Has ‘Long Anti-Union History’

Tuesday, July 26

Hawaii Teachers ‘Unfriend’ Governor Abercrombie

Friday, July 22

Hawaii: HSTA Has Pattern of Bad-Faith Bargaining

Tuesday, July 19

Abercrombie vs. Hawaii Teachers: What’s at Stake

Friday, July 15

Drug Testing Policy for Hawaii Teachers the National Norm

Thursday, July 7

Gov Cayetano Responds to Article On Teachers Strike

Wednesday, July 6

Report Card on a Teachers Strike: Lessons From 2001

HSTA Pay Cuts Comparable To HGEA’s

Tuesday, July 5

No Legal Action By Hawaii Teachers Union — Yet

Saturday, July 2

Union Rep: Gov Failed to Bargain In ‘Good Faith’

January 2011

Tuesday, January 25

Key Education Reforms Depend on Bargaining

November 2010

Thursday, November 4

Opposition to Appointed BOE Grew in Final Days

October 2010

Wednesday, October 27

A Surprising Conversation with Teachers Union President

Saturday, October 2

HSTA to Teachers: “NO”

August 2010

Monday, August 9

Teachers Union Endorses Abercrombie For Governor