Hawaii univ. president’s letter slammed by union

A letter from the president of the University of Hawaii declaring that labor negotiations are at an "impasse" prompted the union that represents faculty to declare it is ready to go to court, reports the Associated Press. M.R.C. Greenwood, who took over the 10-campus system in August, said in a letter on the university’s web site that she now must seek a 6.7 percent pay cut for professors over the next 18 months, starting Jan. 1. The move was prompted by the rejection of a university proposal for a 5 percent pay cut over two years, she said. "It is deeply disappointing that we remain at an impasse in our negotiations for a new contract with the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, which represents our faculty," Greenwood said.

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