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Faculty approves new contract with UH

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The votes are in, and the University of Hawaii's Professional Assembly has overwhelming voted to ratify a new contract with UH.

The new six-year agreement was approved by 83% of the members who voted online.

It is retroactive to July 2009.

UHPA will withdraw the temporary restraining order, and withdraw its prohibited practice charges at the Hawaii Labor Relations Board.

"While this certainly addresses the short term crisis that has resulted from a severe restriction of previously appropriated state general funds, the long term future of the university remains uncertain. Faculty have ongoing concerns about the health of the UH and want to make sure that higher education remains a priority for our state, even during these fiscally challenging times," said J.N. Musto, UHPA executive director and chief negotiator.

"I thank the faculty for ratifying this important agreement," said UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, "It is a necessary step to financial stability for the University of Hawaii system. This financial crisis has resulted in a greater demand on our public education system. Our enrollment increased over 8% last year. We look forward to working together with our faculty to advocate for the University of Hawaii, with the message that investing in higher education today is critical to the state's economy and its future."

Here are the highlights of the temporary agreement:

  • Faculty salaries are reduced 6.667% for 18 months beginning January 1. Salaries will return to current levels after June 30, 2011.
  • Those reductions will also be paid back to faculty who retire or continue working with UH during the term of the contract in increments through 2015.
  • No retrenchments, or layoffs, will happen before June 30, 2011
  • Pay will be delayed five days beginning June 30, 2010
  • Employer contributions for health insurance premiums will not be less than what is covered for other public employees under agreements reached after July 1, 2009.