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University of Hawaii and the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly Reach Unprecedented "Interest-Based" Contract Agreement

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Apr 24, 2003

The University of Hawai'i and the University of Hawai'i Professional Assembly (UHPA) today reached an unprecedented agreement on a new collective bargaining contract for the period of July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2005. Salary negotiations will continue to take place.

"It is a great day and I‘d like to thank the administrations of former Governor Cayetano and Governor Lingle for allowing UH and the members of UHPA to reach this compromise," said UH President Evan S. Dobelle. "We have made tremendous progress on nearly every issue and the result is an agreement that is truly interest-based and a model for other colleges and universities throughout the United States."

The negotiations covered a wide range of areas, with the agreement centering on health coverage, family leave, job security and community college workload issues.

"The tenure of these talks has been extraordinarily different from past communications. I am so pleased that President Dobelle has brought an attitude of problem solving to the table," said UHPA Executive Director J.N. Musto, Ph.D. "The people Dr. Dobelle selected to represent him did an excellent job. The conversations were wide open and there was a free exchange of thoughts and ideas. We produced significant results."

"We are very pleased to have concluded a partial contract which allows the new language that we have negotiated with UH to go into effect in July 2003 but also allows us to continue to bargain on salaries," said UHPA President Mary Tiles. "This agreement covers extensive revisions to existing sections of our contract language as well as adding some completely new elements. The tenor of negotiations and the kinds of changes that have been made reflect the new administrative climate at UH. The approach has been one of constructive problem solving rather than confrontation."

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