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Posted: Friday, October 5th, 2012 9:03 AM HST

Hawaii teachers union ends mediation with state

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says the union representing the state's public school teachers has walked away from mediation over a contract dispute.

Abercrombie said in a statement Thursday night that the state was informed by the federal mediator that the Hawaii State Teachers Association will no longer participate in the process.

Union President Wil Okabe declined to give a reason the union ended mediation ended to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Okabe says the union will provide a detailed accounting of what led up to the breakdown in the coming weeks.

Abercrombie says he's disappointed and that the state can't negotiate with people who aren't willing to talk.

Teachers are currently working under a last, best and final offer after their contract expired in June last year.

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