State lawmakers have until Friday to file paperwork to call a special session to deal with rail next week.

But it's not clear if they will also take up a bill to fund pay raises for University of Hawaii Faculty or the United Public Workers.

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly represents some 37-hundred faculty.

It filed a petition with the Hawaii Labor Relations Board to clarify if there is language in the law that prevents lawmakers from taking up a bill to fund the salary hikes.

Both unions reached an agreement on a new labor contract after the regular session ended in May.

"We filed, and while we have not heard whether the HLRB will be making a decision in the near future on this, I have received a call from the governor indicating that he will be submitting a bill to cover the collective bargaining costs for the faculty contract, should a special session be convened," said UHPA’s Kris Hanselman.

  UHPA agreed to a 4-year contract with a 2-point-8 percent raise this year as well as a 500-dollar across the board initial payment.

   UPW could not be reached for comment.

   The governor's Chief of Staff Mike McCartney said they have every intention that the employees receive their pay raises as soon as possible.

   He added -- that it would be up to the legislature to consider the cost items.

   The House said it was willing to take up the bill in Special Session.The Senate could not say.