Unusual events led to revotes on collective bargaining agreements in both Miami and Hawaii last week.
The Florida Public Employees Relations Commission had ruled the United Teachers of Dade had violated voting procedures with an electronic vote last year and called for a revote by paper ballot. All previously agreed-to provisions were re-ratified by about a 2-to-1 margin.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association held a revote on a contract it had rejected by a 2-to-1 margin because it jeopardized the state’s Race to the Top grant. The union announced the contract was approved this time by a 2-to-1 margin, but did not release any turnout figures. In addition, a “no” vote would have authorized the union to strike. The situation is further complicated by the fact that Gov. Neil Abercrombie says the contract is no longer valid and that new negotiations are necessary.