The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly and the state have reached a consensus on the union’s next contract — a bargaining agreement that, officials proudly noted, doesn’t even go into effect until next year.
The two-year tentative agreement is contingent on $32 million in additional funding from the Legislature to support raises and benefits for the union’s 4,000 or so faculty members. UH President David Lassner stressed that students will not have to subsidize the raises if the Legislature chooses not to release that extra funding.
The agreement, according to Gov. Neil Abercrombie,