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But on Friday, the union and state reached an “agreement in principle.” The two sides are still working on the language, but more details are expected to be posted on the members-only portion of HSTA’s website on Tuesday, and a ratification vote is scheduled for late next week.
Meanwhile, this week’s hearing has been removed from the labor board’s calendar, the executive director for the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations told Civil Beat.
Labor relations director Valerie Kunimoto said she could not say anything else about the case, except that the hearing dates scheduled for Jan. 25 and Jan. 31 are still on the calendar.
Civil Beat’s inquiries to HSTA lawyer Herb Takahashi and the state’s attorneys were not immediately returned.
A statement from the governor’s office implies the new deal might have been precipitated by a recent federal crackdown on the state for its lack of progress on Race to the Top goals.
HSTA has kept a pretty tight lid on the agreement, so details are scant. Even Young, the state’s budget director, told lawmakers on Monday that he has yet to see the proposed agreement and its financial impact.
We do know a few things, though:
This contract will replace the governor’s “last, best and final” offer currently in place
It will be a longterm agreement, to last six years