The Hawaii State Teachers Association, losing sympathy from other unions because of the tactics teachers have deployed in their contract fight with the state, are speaking directly to the public through paid advertising.
In the latest spot, Nelson Maeda, a teacher, counselor and football coach at Castle High School, explains that all teachers want is an arbitrator to help settle the matter but Gov. Neil Abercrombie has refused.
Teachers offered to resolve our contract by agreeing to a referee — an arbitrator — who would do what the Star-Advertiser said, `split the difference’ in our dispute with the governor. The governor said `No’ to that referee.
And that’s not what I teach my young football players.
Hear the spot here.