No overtime for support staff at UH Manoa Athletics DepartmentUPDATED 7:20 PM HST Aug 27, 2013Video Transcript
department accuse the school of being a BAD SPORT... especially when it comes to paying overtime! Workers represented by the state's largest union say they're being DENIED OT, and that COULD be placing a strain on UH sports. KITV4's Andrew Pereira joins us with new information. So Andrew... why the dust-up? Paula, Yunji... certain UH workers are being denied overtime as the university negotiates how those extra hours are calculated. In college sports, fans love overtime. But for administrative, professional and technical staff supporting UH Athletics, working OT won't score you ANY extra pay. They don't like that. BEN JAY: "IT'S NOT REALLY A DUSTUP. I MEAN THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT THAT WE HAD WITH THE UNION EXPIRED, AND WE'RE WORKING ON A NEW ONE RIGHT NOW." The agreement that expired June 30 states how overtime is calculated for HGEA Unit 8 members within UH Athletics. That includes trainers, facility workers and ticket clerks... a total of about 40 positions at the Manoa campus. In a statement to KITV4, the union said "HGEA is currently in negotiations with the employer and we are working to resolve this issue quickly." UH Athletics Director Ben Jay has been personally involved in the ongoing talks. BEN JAY: "I'M INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSIONS, OBVIOUSLY IT AFFECTS OUR STAFF AND I CARE A GREAT DEAL ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR STAFF AND THEIR WELL-BEING." ANDREW PEREIRA: "AS THE UH FOOTBALL AND WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAMS PREPARE FOR THEIR SEASON OPENERS THIS WEEK, JAY SAYS THE DUSTUP WITH THE UNION WON'T CAUSE ANY DISRUPTION TO ATHLETIC FACILITIES HERE AT UH, OR THE SERVICES PERFORMED BY UNION MEMBERS." BEN JAY: "WERE ASKING THE SUPPORT STAFF TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS IN THEIR SCHEDULE TO FIT AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE COVERING THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENT ATHLETES." Overtime is one of several issues keeping UH Athletics in the red. In May, the Board of Regents voted to move $13 million dollars in accumulated debt from the athletics department to the Manoa chancellor's office. Jay says putting a competitive product on the field or hard court is still the best way to get back in black, and it starts Thursday with UH football. BEN JAY: "I THINK THEY WILL DEFINITELY SEE A DIFFERENT FOOTBALL TEAM, AND THEY WILL SEE A TEAM THAT WILL REALLY FIGHT HARD ON THE FIELD ALL THE WAY UNTIL THE END OF THE GAME." It's not known how long the overtime dispute could last. However, it is causing tension, with some UH Athletics workers calling it extremely frustrating. Back to you.