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HSTA-R writes Letter to the Editor at HTH

August 14, 2011

To the Editor of the Hawaii Tribune Herald;

This letter is on behalf of the Hawai’i State Teachers Association-RETIRED (HSTA-R) Hawai’i District Council whose members recently participated in an informational demonstration by holding signs at Keaukaha Elementary School, Hilo Medical Center, UH-Hilo Science and Technology Building, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii and the State Building alongside the ILWU Retirees. 

 Our purpose in demonstrating was to remind the Governor of the campaign promises he made to the retirees of the state when he said he would “mitigate high costs associated with aging while improving quality of life for all.”  If “aging is an asset in Hawai’i” as his “New Day Plan” states and he wants to enhance “the quality of life for older adults” then he needs to live up to that promise and not tax the pensions of all retirees in the state as well as not take away the Medicare Plan B reimbursements. 

Unfortunately, those issues were clouded when the Governor referred to HSTA negotiations in his discussion with our HSTA-R Hawai’i District President. 

HSTA-R is an organization that includes only retired teachers and supports the Active HSTA members in their effort to improve public education.   We are a separate entity from the active teachers with a mission geared to retirees. 

We do NOT have a part in any contract negotiations as we have no contract to negotiate.  We are an organization that is dedicated to, among other things, maintaining “the current level of retiree benefits.”  That is the primary reason we were demonstrating. 

We would like to thank the Governor for agreeing to meet with the retirees to hear our grievances and for taking time out after his luncheon at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i to speak to our Hawai’i Island District President. 

We would also like to thank the Hawaii Tribune Herald for allowing us a venue to clarify our actions.  

Sincerely,

HSTA-R Hawaii District Council

Avis Mortemore, Secretary

Related Link:  http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/commentary/their-views/cartoon-aug-14.html

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Faye permalink
    August 14, 2011 4:20 pm

    I just found this website and I think it is great.
    I am a retired teacher and live on Maui we do not have
    anything like this.
    I dont think Big Island retirees are really retired!
    You folks are very very active.
    Keep up the gret work.
    Thanks for representing all Retired Teachers in the state.

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