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UH Faculty Paychecks to be Increased Beginning This Month

3% Salary Increase Across the Board

UH faculty can expect to receive slightly bigger paychecks, beginning this summer, thanks to the terms of our current agreement. Effective July 1, 2013 faculty received a 3% increase to their base salaries.  Faculty on 11-month appointments will receive the increase in the July 19th paycheck, and faculty on 9-month appointments, whose duty period begins on August 15th, will receive the increase in the August 20th paycheck.

Another 3% pay increase to your base salary is scheduled on July 1, 2014.

Restoring Salary Reductions

In addition, faculty hired before December 31, 2009 can expect to receive more money in August. As a way to support the University of Hawaii system during a difficult economic period, in 2009 UHPA members agreed to a temporary pay reduction, with an agreement from the UH administration and the Board of Regents that the amount would be restored over time. As a result, effective August 1, 2013 faculty will receive a lump sum payment equivalent to 25% of the total temporary salary reduction that was made from January 1, 2010.

More to Come

This will be the second lump sum payment to faculty; the first was paid out last August 1, 2012. A third and final lump sum payment equivalent to 50% of the total temporary salary reduction, will be effective August 1, 2014.

Former Administrators Receiving Substantial Salaries

While this is good news, we see a disturbing trend with former administrators moving into tenured faculty positions and demanding large salaries. Ultimately, this will have a negative impact on students and on the quality of teaching and research within the UH system as funds allocated for faculty salaries must be set aside for former administrators to receive special treatment.

Unfortunately, these types of perks are viewed as an entitlement and part of the “golden parachute” for those who are no longer serving in executive administrative positions, and have received secure, safe landings as a tenured faculty member by action of the Board of Regents as part of their individual employment agreements. UHPA has raised these concerns again with the Board of Regents as they begin another search to find a new UH president.  UHPA believes these “past practices” should not be included in the final “compensation package” for the next President.