Status of Our Two-Year Faculty Contract
Our current contract will expire in June 2015. The Hawaii State Legislature must approve our new, two-year contract in this legislative session. The session ends in early May, about a month before our current contract expires. Our new contract is scheduled to start July 2015 and continue through June 2017.
What’s at Stake?
The agreement includes an across-the-board 4 percent increase for all UH faculty and lecturers on July 1, 2015 and another across-the-board 4 percent increase the following year. It will also address minimum salaries and the increased employer contributions to the health insurance premiums provided through the Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund. The projected total for this contract is $32 million.
There are two themes in this legislative session: reduce costs and increase revenues. The faculty salary increases are in the Governor’s budget. However, UHPA will continue to watch how this progresses throughout the session.
UHPA, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, the UH Board of Regents and the UH administration announce they have reached a tentative two-year agreement, a year before the current faculty contract was to set to expire in June 2015. It was the first time a public sector successor contract had been reached so far in advance.
After the UHPA Board of Directors unanimously vote in favor of ratifying the tentative agreement, the nearly 4,000 Bargaining Unit 7 members across the 10 UH campuses subsequently ratify the contract via electronic vote on August 24, 2014.
All parties involved in the negotiation that led to the unprecedented agreement convene to officially sign the two-year agreement on November 3, 2014. The agreement is signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, J.N. Musto, UHPA Executive Director and Chief Negotiator; and David Duffy, UHPA President; David Lassner, UH President; John Morton, UH Vice President for Community Colleges; and Jan Sullivan, Vice Chair of the UH Board of Regents.