Judge denies temporary restraining order to halt HSTA revote

Circuit Court Judge Gary Chang denied a motion Friday for a temporary restraining order that sought to halt the Hawaii State Teachers Association from holding a re-vote scheduled for Tuesday, June 2.

The motion was filed by HSTA Director and President-Elect Corey Rosenlee — a Campbell High School teacher — who has alleged that other directors of the HSTA illegally voted to reject the results of the election that was completed earlier this month.

“We are disappointed that the judge decided that he felt that he was not sure if he had jurisdiction or not,” said Rosenlee Friday. “He didn’t judge on the merits of the case. He basically said ‘I do not know if I have the right or not, or don’t have the right to make the decision.

“So, at this point, we just have to encourage teacher to come out and vote again,” he said.

HSTA president Wil Okabe said in a prepared statement that “we are pleased that the Circuit Court has ruled in favor of the HSTA and denied the request for a temporary restraining order on the re-vote. This allows HSTA to continue to move forward with the re-vote on June 2 and ensure a fair election process that will allow all of our members an opportunity to vote.”

Arguments were heard in court Thursday after Rosenlee said he was voted to lead Hawaii’s public school teachers union, but board members nullified last month’s election results, claiming not all members got a ballot in the mail.

This time around, the HSTA plans to make the teachers vote in person.

Rosenlee said he won the race for president and could have that title taken away if another election is held. He believes the only reason board members nullified the results is because they didn’t like who won.

But the defense says it’s an internal matter and the court shouldn’t be involved.

“We believe that election was done fairly and it’s the conduct of the board following that election which is the subject of this lawsuit,” said Gregory Kugle, Rosenlee’s attorney.

“With all due respect, I say this to you, your honor: I just don’t believe you have jurisdiction to even entertain the motion for temporary restraining order and the complaint,” said HSTA’s attorney Colleen Hanabusa.


On Saturday, the HSTA released the list of election sites around the state that will be open Tuesday, June 2, from 3-6 p.m.:

HONOLULU

  • Farrington High Cafeteria
  • Kaimuki Middle Library

CENTRAL

  • Mililani High Gymnasium
  • Radford High Cafeteria

LEEWARD

  • Holomua Elementary Cafeteria
  • Kapolei Elementary Library
  • Nanaikapono Elementary Cafeteria
  • Pearl City High Cafeteria

WINDWARD

  • Kahuku Elementary Cafeteria
  • Kailua High Cafeteria
  • King Intermediate Gymnasium

MAUI

  • Baldwin High Cafeteria
  • Kalama Intermediate Cafeteria
  • Lahaina Intermediate Cafeteria
  • Lokelani Intermediate Cafeteria

MOLOKAI

  • Kaunakakai Elementary Library

LANAI

  • Lanai High & Elementary

NIIHAU

  • None (mailed ballots)

KAUAI

  • Kapaa High Outside Cafeteria
  • Kauai High Cafeteria
  • Waimea High Room B-10B (next to Music Rm)

HAWAII ISLAND

  • ILWU Hall (100 W. Lanikaula St.)
  • Honokaa High & Intermediate Cafeteria
  • Kau High & Pahala Elementary Band Room
  • Keaau High Cafeteria
  • Kealakehe High Cafeteria
  • Kohala High Library
  • Konawaena High Cafeteria

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