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Maui public school teachers reject tentative new contract

January 26, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Maui News - Many Maui public school teachers voting on a new contract were reluctant to comment at the polls at Maui High School. The majority refused to be interviewed upon arriving or exiting the building.

Most of those that did comment only reported that they had voted no on the contract. The only two teachers to speak on the record expressed support of the tentative contract.

The ballots counted later defeated the vote by a 2-1 margin. Hawai'i State Teachers Association President Wil Okabe later said it had become obvious that the current contract would be rejected if considered.

The total vote was 33 percent for and 67 percent against.

"So beginning tomorrow, I will initiate a union-wide conversation about our options going forward, listen to your suggestions, roll up my sleeves, and get back to work," Okabe said.



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