BY JIM DOOLEY – The state wants $50,000 worth of private legal help in its contract dispute with the public teachers union.
Katz has expertise on legal issues surrounding Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s decision to unilaterally impose the state’s “last, best and final” contract offer upon the Hawaii State Teachers Association, the Attorney General’s office said.
The new contract, which the governor imposed July 1, contains five per cent pay reductions and increases health insurance premiums paid by public school teachers.
HSTA has filed a complaint with the state Labor Relations Board alleging that the governor’s decision to impose the new contract on teachers violates collective bargaining laws.