HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's teachers union and state officials have agreed to seek the help of a mediator in resolving contract talks that have drawn out for months.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association and the Department of Education issued a joint release Wednesday saying the union asked for the mediation and that the department, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the state education board agreed.
Both sides say mediation must by law be approved by the Hawaii Labor Relations Board. The sides say they have requested approval.
The union in December rejected the state's latest offer, citing concerns with pay and teacher-evaluation provisions.
Teachers have been working under a last, best and final offer after their last contract expired in June 2011.