UH smoking ban delayed by complaint from UH faculty's union

Published On: Feb 03 2014 10:30:00 PM HST

A smoking ban at the University of Hawaii Manoa that was supposed to start in February has been delayed because of a complaint filed by the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly.

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School officials and the union do not see eye to eye just yet, and the ban could go up in smoke unless UHPA, the union that represents faculty interests, comes up with an agreement with school officials.

"We're concerned inconsistencies across campus lines, and believe Manoa violated our rights as an exclusive bargaining representative," said UHPA Representative Kris Hanselman.

UHPA did not clearly state whether it supports the all-out ban, but did say a 2012 policy approved by the Board of Regents restricts tobacco use on all campuses.

UH Manoa Chancelor Tom Apple says the school is still confident it will ultimately implement the all-out ban despite the delay.

"We need to engage in more dialogue about when and how much consultation is proper. That's what this is all about," said Apple.

The two sides will explain their positions in front of the Hawaii Labor Relations Board on Wednesday.

"On one hand UHPA doesn't like us to go with half-baked ideas, but clearly they don't want us to go to them with fully-baked ones," said Apple.

Apple says he's a former smoker and that the ban will ultimately save people money and improve their health.


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