The state has rejected the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly's latest contract proposal, which the state's chief negotiator, Davis Yogi, said asks for more pay for less work.
UH union proposal
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UHPA's counterproposal would cut the course load for community college faculty to four courses a semester from five while also increasing salaries by 12 percent, Yogi said.
Seven community colleges in the University of Hawaii system would have to come up with $5.72 million a year to hire lecturers to keep the same number of course offerings.
The alternative would be cutting about 1,500 courses, resulting in a $4 million loss in tuition revenue.
That in turn could lead to layoffs to make up for the lost revenue, Yogi said.
The state has proposed for community college faculty a 10 percent salary increase over two years, with the possibility of another 1 percent increase based on merit.
The state has offered the UH Manoa, West Oahu and Hilo campuses an across-the-board 6 percent increase, with the possibility of another 3 percent in merit increases for excellence in teaching and research.
The faculty union, which has been working without a contract since July 1, 1999, will take a strike authorization vote at all 10 campuses on March 19, 20 and 21.
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