Governor signs two-year contract with UH faculty union

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, along with representatives from the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) and the University of Hawaii (UH), signed a two-year faculty contract agreement Monday.

The contract, which includes an eight-percent across-the-board salary hike over the next two years, will succeed the current contract set to expire on June 30, 2015.

The deal is unprecedented because an agreement was reached in June 2014, the first time a public sector successor contract has been reached a year in advance of the expiration date of a current contract.

“I hope this could lead the way towards setting the standard in public union negotiations,” said Gov. Abercrombie.

The governor taught at the university well before he jumped into the political arena, so Monday’s signing ceremony was an emotional one. “This brings to a close 55 years of my life,” he said.

The contract covers nearly 4,000 faculty members in the 10-campus UH system.

It is still subject to funding by the state legislature.

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