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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, January 15, 2010

University of Hawaii faculty paychecks cut 6.7%; TRO hearing date still not set

Advertiser Staff

Pay reductions of 6.7 percent for faculty of the University of Hawaii were imposed today, and the UH Professional Assembly also said today a hearing date for their motion for a temporary restraining order has yet to be set.

The UH faculty union on Jan. 7 filed a motion for a temporary restraining order, asking a state court to stop UH President M.R.C. Greenwood from unilaterally imposing the salary reductions on faculty.
The UH Professional Assembly asked that the First Circuit Court make the restraining order effective as soon as possible and before Jan. 15, the first faculty pay day of 2010.
“It is extraordinary that thus far the Circuit Court has not responded to the motion made by UHPA for a temporary restraining order that would prevent the unilateral 6.667 percent reduction in the paychecks received by faculty members today,” JN Musto, UHPA executive direction and chief negotiator, said in a statement.
He went on to say: “UHPA filed the motion of Jan. 7 in response to the announcement of UH President MRC Greenwood that she would breach the bargaining unit 7 continuing contract by imposing salary reductions. We believe playing by the rules and honoring your word is important in collective bargaining. We turned to the courts for relief and filed a motion for temporary restraining order last week. Although we have not yet received a court hearing date, we have faith in the justice system. Judge Derrick Chan is an experienced jurist and we have no doubt that he will act responsibly. We will continue to pursue redress from courts for this action by the UH administration.”