Contract Fight at U. of Hawaii Knocks Down Faculty Morale

Disheartened by a pay cut that they say violates their agreement, some professors look for jobs elsewhere

U. of Hawaii-1

Carl Shaneff for The Chronicle

J.N. Musto, executive director of the faculty union at the U. of Hawaii, questions whether the administration is negotiating "in good faith."

Discouraged by stalled contract negotiations and their employer's decision last month to cut their pay, faculty members at the University of Hawaii made their way back to class this week. Although talks are slated to resume, their future is hazy. A few professors—set on leaving the system and its troubles behind—are poised to look for work elsewhere in a job market that is grim for most.

"You're dealing with a situation where you feel under threat constantly," says Nandita