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Hawaii Gov. Nixes Union-Board Furlough Plan

The Hawaii board of education and state teachers' unions have come up with a plan to end that state's by-now infamous teacher furloughs.

But Gov. Linda Lingle will reject the plan, according to this story, because of one major sticking point. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say 30 million of them, because that's how over-budget the union-board proposal is, Lingle asserts.

Essentially, the union-board plan would bring back all school personnel rather than the bare-bones staff that Lingle is willing to fund. And the governor is not happy that educators have spent time crafting an alternative. "For me it just points out the dysfunction of the Board of Education working with a labor union to come up with a plan they knew in advance I wouldn't approve," she said.

Yow.

The union, nevertheless, will put the plan to its members this week and has board backing to do so. Talk about labor-management collaboration!

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