As a part of the negotiated and agreed to four (4) year Unit 7 collective bargaining agreement for the duration July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2021, UHPA had a reopener to negotiate an additional pay increase effective January 2, 2020 and January 1, 2021, as outlined in Article XXX, Duration of the 2017-2021 Unit 7 UHPA-BOR Agreement, along with the negotiated pay increases of 2% for July 1, 2019 and July 1, 2020. The 1.2% was a floor, with the potential of a higher increase based upon the negotiated average step increases other Bargaining Units obtained.
Your 2% raise is going into effect
For 11 month faculty members, the 2% pay increase was incorporated into your July 20, 2020 paychecks. For 9 month faculty, the 2% pay increase will be incorporated into your August 20, 2020 paychecks.
Your 1.2% raise has been agreed to
In May, 2020, UHPA reached an agreement with the UH and the State to formally adopt and incorporate the 1.2% pay increase into Article XXI, Salaries of the 2017-2021 Unit 7 UHPA-BOR Agreement. SB 785 Relating to Collective Bargaining, which was funded by the Legislature and enrolled to the Governor on June 26, 2020, incorporated the retroactive pay increase for faculty members of 1.2% effective January 2, 2020, as well as the 1.2% increase effective January 1, 2021.
The bill is currently sitting on the Governorʻs desk.
He has until August 31, 2020 to issue his intent to veto the bill. If he does not submit the intent to veto, the bill will automatically become law on September 15, 2020 with or without his signature. If he does veto the bill, the Legislature could return in a special session and override the Governor’s veto.
We’re waiting for his signature now
We have no knowledge of whether the Governor intends to veto SB 785 which funds the 1.2% pay increase that was agreed to back in 2017 and which the Governor, the UH President, and the BOR fully supported and agreed to. We believe that the Governor will sign the bill and then allocate to the UH the appropriate funds to pay for this 1.2% pay increase retroactive to January 2, 2020 and another 1.2% increase on January 1, 2021. However, it’s in the Governor’s hands now and he has until August 31, 2020 to show his colors. Once funding is allocated to UH, we plan to work with the UH to get an estimated time frame upon when faculty members could expect to receive the 1.2% retroactive pay increase back to January 2, 2020. Conversely, if the Governor unexpectedly vetoes SB 785, UHPA will immediately notify faculty members of what the next steps will be to address the Governor’s surprised actions.