Sunday, April 29, 2007

Public Safety vs. Individual Rights in Hawaii

In a past NNU, I publicized the contract that Hawaii teachers will be voting on. It included a 4% raise but also mandated random drug testing, with the governor's strong support. His position is that there should be no wiggle room when it comes to union contracts-- that language should be in every union contract.

Teachers were voting on the islands this past week; there are a number of outstanding absentee ballots that have yet to be counted that could sway the vote. The Hawaii State Teachers Association does not endorse the contract. More about the voting here.

This editorial from Maui News questions the singling out of teachers for drug testing; after all, no other public employee unions are being forced to do this.

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