Political Radar

Union label

August 6th, 2014

The two unions that represent educators -- the Hawaii State Teachers Association and the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly -- have stepped up with advertising in support of their preferred candidates in the Democratic primary for governor.

The HSTA spent about $148,580 through July 25 on television ads for state Sen. David Ige, according to state campaign-finance reports.

The UHPA spent about $112,090 on radio, TV and mailers for Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

7 Responses to “Union label”

  1. Sayer:

    Looks like they're pretty much canceling each other out.

  2. Guy:

    ...Except that HSTA's spots are pretty much attack ads. Getting pretty tired of the teachers' union blaming everyone but themselves for their own misrepresentation of Hawaii's teachers. Really hoping voters choose progress over negativity on Saturday.

  3. Chicken Grease:

    August 7th, 2014 at 5:25 am

    ...Except that HSTA's spots are pretty much attack ads. Getting pretty tired of the teachers' union blaming everyone but themselves for their own misrepresentation of Hawaii's teachers.

    Amen, brotha'. The whining, b--ching, "woe-is-me," apparently-have-enough-income-to-send-their-own-kids-to-private-school-as-they-lack-the-requisite-confidence-(and-probably-skills)-to-trust-in-themselves-and-their-colleaugues-to-educate-their-keeds-instead-and-so-arrogant-as-to-tell-public-school-students-"I get paid whether you learn or not" garden variety Hawaii public school teacher.

    Though the award-winning teachers deserve their accolades. And I hope the large remaining majority gets jealous of those few.

    They're the problem, too. It's not only the royalty in their union,

    Who cares who they back. And let 'em go on strike WHENEVER they want to; traffic GOOD when that happens :).

  4. KamaainaKid:

    Chicken Greese...I agree with you about public school teachers sending their kids to private schools. But you should include U.H. faculty for the same sin. Also the typical U.H. prof have a light schedule of teaching. And they get paid quite a bit more.

  5. Chicken Grease:

    I would agree, then, KamaaianaKid. Though, I would expect more from the public school teachers, many of them having come up from there. The worst thing is, as a Grease mentioned, they collectively don't believe in their abilities to send their own kids to the same place where they expect their very own students to do well; do public school teachers really believe in the kids they teach?

    Doesn't seem* that way.

    Here. Some music for our recent chaotic weather:

    Buddy Guy, Feels Like Rain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnu04SqI66E

    Gene Kelly . . . Singin' In the Rain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07n3mmF6BkE

    SCORPIONS, Rock You Like a Hurricane!!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZzhNy7Rdqk

    * a word that seemed to be used a lot at this 'site. Before.

  6. tommui:

    In all fairness, the public school teachers spend about 25% of their pay to send their kids to private schools - add to the cost of housing in Hawaii - another 25% to 50%, they have to pinch pennies but it is their choice, for whatever reason.

    No question in my mind that HSTA's leadership had bungled with their negotiations with the State in contract talks

  7. OILPAN:

    HSTA leadership misdirected, mislead and misinformed their members.

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