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UH professors to vote on contract

October 5, 2009
The Maui News

HONOLULU (AP) - Members of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, which represents professors in the 10-campus system, will vote on a contract offer from administrators beginning today.

Members have until Wednesday to vote on the proposal, which union leaders oppose. The proposal calls for a 5 percent salary cut for most union members. It would implement a ''payroll lag'' in mid-2010 that would briefly delay salary checks.

The contract offer also would hike the employee contribution toward health insurance premiums from 40 percent in the current contract to more than 50 percent.

University administrators have called the proposal ''reasonable'' given the $154 million shortfall the system faces over the next two years.



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