Fw: Hawaii General Strike

George Snedeker snedeker at concentric.net
Fri Apr 20 16:55:49 MDT 2001


----- Original Message -----
From: Ali Shehzad Zaidi <az001g at mail.rochester.edu>
To: <mlg-ics at andrew.cmu.edu>
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2001 5:44 PM
Subject: Hawaii General Strike


>
> > Hawaii Education General Strike - Your Help is Needed
> >
> > Hawaii Teachers Need Your Help
> >
> > [Message from Andrea Feeser, a former CUNY student and
> > now a Hawaii
> > teacher, to her former CUNY professor. Please re-post
> > this message and
> > call the Hawaii Governor's office to express your
> > solidarity. -
> > Moderator]
> >
> > We desperately need your help. Since Thursday April 5,
> > the University
> > of Hawaii Professional Assembly (affiliated to the
> > NEA), our Faculty
> > Union, and the public school teachers organized by the
> > Hawaii State
> > Teachers Association have been on strike against the
> > State of Hawaii,
> > and there's no end in sight.
> >
> > The faculty here have been without a contract for the
> > last two years
> > because of the intransigence of Governor Ben Cayetano,
> > who has refused
> > to bargain with the union in good faith and threatened
> > to reduce
> > faculty benefits and health coverage by 25%. During
> > the last two and a
> > half years we have received no pay increases,
> > effectively cutting our
> > pay already. Until the end of last week, his
> > negotiator Davis Yogi
> > refused to meet at all with union representatives,
> > and then offered
> > to LOWER the pay of part-timers employed as Lecturers
> > at the
> > university to $900 a credit hour!
> >
> > It seems clear that Cayetano plans to break the
> > Faculty union,
> > demoralize the faculty and clear the ground for what
> > Davis Yogi
> > himself has called an "entrepreneurial university." I
> > don't need to
> > decode this for you.
> >
> > Cayetano is strangling the life out of this
> > university, he is
> > betraying the school-children of the state, especially
> > those who can't
> > afford to go to more expensive mainland schools, and
> > he's dealing a
> > fatal blow to the labor movement in Hawaii. He's also
> > destroying the
> > Democratic party here and paving the way for a
> > Republican party
> > takeover of the state.(I kid you not, when Republicans
> > start shaking
> > hands on picket lines, something very peculiar is
> > afoot!)
> >
> > Cayetano's actions and policies have deliberately
> > provoked the first
> > Education General Strike in American history! All
> > public education in
> > Hawaii is at a standstill. Support here is strong. The
> > strike was
> > authorized by 99% of public school teachers and 91% of
> > university and
> > community college faculty. And the local community
> > here has been
> > behind the striking teachers so far, isolating
> > Cayetano but failing to
> > do more than force him into the appearance of
> > negotiation.
> >
> > We must have national attention and support and we
> > must have it NOW!
> > Can you please forward this email to as many
> > colleagues and friends as
> > you can.
> >
> > Can you please organize expressions of support through
> > your own
> > institutions, faculty organizations, professional
> > associations or
> > unions. These can be sent to us at www.uhpa.org.
> >
> > Can you please organize official and personal
> > expressions of protest
> > directed at the Governor of the state, letting him
> > know how damaging
> > this strike will be to higher education in Hawaii, and
> > to the
> > prosperity of the Hawaiian economy.
> >
> > Amazing things have happened so far! For a start, we
> > have proved that
> > professors can organize pickets, and turn out en masse
> > to support a
> > strike like this. But we need all the help we can get,
> > if we are to
> > have any chance of winning this strike.
> >
> > Here is the Governor's address and phone number:
> >
> > Governor Benjamin Cayetano Governor's Residence
> > Washington Place
> > Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
> >
> > Tel # (808) 587-2598 (Residence) (808) 586-0034
> > (Office)
> >
> >  Thanks, Andrea Feeser <FeeserFactor at aol.com>
>
>




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