UH president declines UHPA demand to retract temporary salary reductions

UH president renews call for meeting to break impasse in negotiations

University of Hawaiʻi
Carolyn Tanaka, (808) 956-8109
Associate Vice President, External Affairs and University Relations
Posted: Jan 5, 2010

University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood today declined the University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly’s demand that she retract her letter of Dec. 28 implementing the administration’s final formal offer.  The offer called for temporary salary reductions of 6.667 percent effective Jan. 1, 2010 over a period of 18 months.
“The temporary salary reductions are necessary to stabilize the financial crisis resulting from the loss of $154 million dollars to operate the university for the rest of this year and next,” said Greenwood.
She added, “As I have offered in the past, I am willing to meet with UHPA’s leadership to see if there is any mutually acceptable solution to break our impasse in negotiations.”
President Greenwood’s letter to J.N. Musto is posted on the University of Hawai‘i website at http://www.hawaii.edu/offices/op/2010/0105-response.pdf and her communication to colleagues, with answers to frequently asked questions, is at http://www.hawaii.edu/offices/op/2010/0105-faq.html