Union for UH faculty files complaint delaying school smoking banUPDATED 10:46 PM HST Feb 03, 2014Video Transcript
Manoa that was supposed to start this month has been DELAYED -- because of a complaint filed by the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly. School officials and the union don't see eye to eye just yet. A push to ban smoking on the UH Manoa campus could go up in smoke. Unless UHPA, the union that represents faculty interests comes up with an agreement with school officials. HANSELMAN PHONER GFX 06:29 WE'RE CONCEREND INCONSISTENCEIS ACROSS CAMPUS LINES, AND BELIEVE MANOA VIOLEATED OUR RIGHTS AS EXCULUVEVE BARGAINSING REPRESENTATIV E. The union believes Manoa officials failed to consult with the union regarding the all-out smoking ban it was trying to implement. 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 Apples says the school is still confident it will ultimately implement the all-out ban despite the delay. TOM APPLE 43:01 WE NEED TO ENGAGE IN MORE DIAGLUE ABOUT WHEN AND PROPER.. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT The two sides will explain their positions in front of the hawaii labor relations board on wednesday.. TOM APPLE PHONER GFX 44:15 ON ONE HAND UPHA DOESN'T LIKKE US TO GO WITH HALF BAKED IDEAS... THEN THEY DON'T WANT US TO GO WITH FULLY BAKED" Apple says he's a former smoker.. and that the ban will ultimately save people money..and improve their health.