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University of Hawaii faculty union sues to stop furloughs

The union representing University of Hawaii faculty filed a lawsuit today, asking the court to stop Gov. David Ige from enacting furloughs and a 9.23% pay cut.

“The lawsuit, filed in federal court today against Gov. David Ige, State Comptroller Curt Otaguro, and University of Hawaii President David Lassner, seeks a declaratory and prospective injunctive relief from the furloughs going into effect Jan. 1, 2021, as mandated by the governor,” the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly said in a news release. The union represents about 3,500 faculty members across all 10 campuses of the University of Hawaii system.

Ige on Wednesday said he will delay the furloughs in anticipation of additional federal aid coming to the state. He did not give a date for when the furloughs might begin. “Because it’s a fluid situation, there is no timeline of when the furloughs will begin,” Ige’s news release said.

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