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Statement From UH President M.R.C. Greenwood

University of Hawaiʻi
Jim McCoy, (808) 543-8374
or (808) 282-3440 mobile, - Hoakea Communications
Posted: Jan 6, 2010

This afternoon, Dr. J.N. Musto and I had a cordial one-hour discussion about the possibility of resolving the impasse in contract talks.
Dr. Musto requested that we resume negotiations as soon as possible with the federal mediator appointed by the Hawaii Labor Relations Board, Carol Catanzariti.
I have agreed to participate in the next mediation session, because I feel strongly that we can reach a settlement without litigation. But I have also made it clear that the agreement we hopefully reach with the mediator’s help recognizes the financial situation of the university.
I remain hopeful that together, we can work out a reasonable and acceptable solution to our financial difficulties.
I thank Dr. Musto for accepting my offer to meet again, and I look forward to a productive mediation session.