Well, it still seems to be up in the air here in Hawaii whether or not the new semester is going to find the instructors in the classroom. The university President has just announced it isn’t honoring its contracts (or the State of Hawaii constitution) and will be issuing everybody a mandatory 6.7% pay reduction. The teacher’s union has responded by filing a grievance with the university, demanding that UH retract the pay reduction act and submit the matter to arbitration, or face a lawsuit.
The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (union) responded in part:
Today’s action is a not only a breach of contract, but also shows blatant disrespect for the negotiated agreement and the faculty. UHPA is notifying other public sector unions about this because it sends a chilling message to all unions that at any time the State can renege on its negotiated agreements. This mocks the collective bargaining process and puts every agreement in jeopardy.
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You get what you pay for. Hawaii obviously isn’t interested in getting a quality education for their students. Based on cost-of-living averages, Hawaii pays their public school educators the least of any state in the nation. Hawaii has one of the lowest standardized test scores in the nation — and, to reduce the amount of money they have to pay teachers, Hawaii recently reduced the number of days in the school year. Students in Hawaii now have the shortest school year in the nation.