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President of UH firm on pay cuts for faculty

January 6, 2010
The Maui News

HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii's president is refusing to reverse her decision to unilaterally cut faculty pay by 6.7 percent for the next 18 months.

M.R.C Greenwood said Tuesday that the salary reductions are needed to stabilize the school's financial crisis.

The faculty union Monday filed a class grievance with Greenwood, demanding that she retract her letter to the faculty outlining the pay cuts.

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly also demanded that Greenwood stop implementing her proposed contract changes, pending arbitration.

Greenwood said she's still willing to meet with union leadership.

She said she implemented unilateral pay cuts because the school was unable to reach a settlement with the union during 15 months of negotiations.



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