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UHPA Launches Endowment Honoring Botany Researcher

Apr 22, 2014

UHPA is honoring UH alumna, innovative researcher and UH educator Dr. Lani Stemmermann through a $204,000 pledge to create the Dr. Lani Stemmermann Endowed Fellowship. This endowment will support graduate students pursuing their Ph.D. degree in Botany, in the Department of Botany University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Natural Sciences.

System Policy

2014 EUTF Open Enrollment for Active Employees

Mar 31, 2014

The EUTF open enrollment period is scheduled from April 7 through May 2, 2014. This is an opportunity for employees to make changes to their health benefits plans and PCP election. Plan changes during the open enrollment period will be effective July 1, 2014.

Fringe Benefits

$20,000 No-Cost Term Life Insurance Policy for Active UHPA Members

Apr 15, 2014

As of August 1, 2013, all active UHPA members automatically receive a $20,000 term life insurance policy (basic coverage) from Royal State insurance - at NO COST!

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Status of UHPA Heartbleed Safety

Apr 14, 2014

UHPA long ago made a decision that the best way to have a secure website was to not have any sensitive data of significant value that would attract hackers. Our simple login/password system is used to allow member-only access to content that we do not wish to be made available to the general public, but nowhere does UHPA store sensitive passwords, financial data, credit cards, or personal information.

Academic

The Corporatization of Education - Talk by Gordon Lafer

Apr 11, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. at UH-Manoa, Saunders Hall 624.

Fringe Benefits

Civil Beat Offers 50% Discount to All .edu Email Users

Apr 08, 2014

A new discounted subscription rate by Civil Beat has just launched exclusively for educational organizations. We value the pursuit of knowledge and the dedication of both students and educators to keep learning and asking questions. We also understand that getting an education can be expensive, which is why we are offering a special low subscription rate for individuals with a .edu email address!

Campus-Specific

Portland State University Faculty Announce Strike

Apr 03, 2014

The union representing faculty at Portland State University says it will strike on April 16.

UHPA Organizational

26th Annual Hawaii National Great Teachers Seminar

Mar 31, 2014

All Lecturers and all I-2 Instructors at 4-Year campuses will be notified at the address on record how to apply for a grant to attend this summer's Hawaii National Great Teachers Seminar. Included in this folder are the notice about the seminar, the grant application form, requirements, and information how to apply.

UHPA Organizational

Notice of UHPA's 40th Annual Membership Meeting

Mar 27, 2014

Pursuant to the UHPA Bylaws, a notice of the Annual Membership Meeting needs to be sent not less than ten nor more than sixty days before the date of the meeting. Information about this year's 40th Annual Membership is noted below.

UHPA Organizational

March 2014 Board Notes

Mar 27, 2014

A summary of the March 8, 2014 UHPA Board of Directors' meeting.

Political

UHPA Supports Reelection Bid of Governor Abercrombie

Mar 11, 2014

"Governor Abercrombie has always supported edcuation," says UHPA President David Duffy. "He has been in our shoes so he understands our issues. He's gotten us through the recent rough times and we know he'll continue to lay the educational foundation for Hawaii's future generations to prosper."

UHPA Organizational

UHPA Board of Director Elections

Mar 11, 2014

The Nominations & Elections Committee is currently in the process of conducting the election of UHPA Board of Directors at Honolulu CC, Kapiolani CC, Windward CC, and UH-Manoa. A special election at UH-Manoa for a two-year term is also being conducted. For more information, active UHPA members may go to the Members Only section.

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Attend a Free Long-Term Care Insurance Seminar

Jan 16, 2014

Royal State Insurance invites you to attend a FREE seminar to learn about Long-Term Care and ways you can pay for it. You'll be better informed about care options if an unexpected health event occurs to you or your family, resulting in long term care. Lunch and refreshments provided at no cost to you.

Campus-Specific

EVENT: Democracy at Risk: Media and the Struggle for Democracy

Mar 07, 2014

This event on Thursday, March 20, 2014 is presented by Media Council Hawaii, Common Cause Hawaii & The Society of Professional Journalists-Hawaii. The guest speaker will be Michael Copps, former chairman & member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

UHPA Organizational

FREE Pilates Posture Workshop

Mar 05, 2014

The Honolulu Club is offering a FREE Pilates Posture Workshop. It is open to members and non-members. You can learn strength and flexibility exercises to create a more balance body on their brand new Pilates equipment!

Legal-Judicial

UHPA and UH to Bargain on No Smoking and Tobacco-Free Campus Policies

Mar 03, 2014

UHPA received notice from UH President Lassner that the Univeristy would engage in negotiations on No Smoking and Tobacco-Free Campus Policies. The administration is reviewing the impact and details of the various policies so that appropriate discussions of this system wide issue may proceed. In preparation for negotiations UH has suspended implementation or enforcement of policies at UH Manoa, Kapiolani Community College and Maui College.

System Policy

EUTF Common Qualifying Events That Allow Enrollment Changes To Your Health Benefits Plan

Feb 20, 2014

The Hawai‘i Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) has updated the “Common Qualifying Events That Allow Enrollment Changes For Active Employees” chart to assist employees in making enrollment changes to their health benefits outside of the open enrollment period.

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EUTF Health Benefit Premium Rates for BU07 Members

Feb 19, 2014

New total premium rates effective 7/01/2014.

System Policy

UH Discontinuing Paper Pay Statements

Feb 17, 2014

The UH intends on discontinuing paper pay statements in conjunction with the March 20, 2014 pay date as all University employees are now able to access their pay/income statements securely online over the Paycheck Statement Application website (https://www.hawaii.edu/paystub).

Academic

Reaching Out to the Next Generation of Scientists is Sheer Genius

Feb 13, 2014

UH faculty contribute to our community in numerous ways beyond instruction and research. UHPA member Dr. Ania Wieczorek, Associate Professor in the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at UH-Manoa, is one of those prolific faculty members who freely shares her knowledge. She serves as Chair of the Graduate Program, providing academic and career guidance to graduate students, and she is equally as adept with leading educational programs for elementary school children.

Academic

Governor Abercrombie Addresses UHPA Faculty Representatives

Feb 11, 2014

Watch this wonderful speech from our governor.

Legal-Judicial

It’s Not About Smoking!

Feb 05, 2014

UHPA does not support or encourage the use of tobacco products or smoking. The prohibited practice is about the Employer's failure to negotiate with UHPA over a number of employment related issues including faculty evaluation and the failure to change the Board of Regent's system policy on smoking without consultation and negotiations with the union. The HLRB dismissed the UH Manoa administration's motion to dismiss the complaint and a hearing is set on the merits of their failure to negotiate for May 28, 2014.

Legal-Judicial

University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Calls For UH Administration to Bargain

Feb 04, 2014

The University of Hawaii system has continued to disrespect the role of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) as the exclusive bargaining agent for all UH faculty through an ongoing pattern of implementing policies at various UH campuses without negotiating with UHPA.

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Join us on Facebook!

Feb 03, 2014

We've got a great page that's chock-full of valuable content for UH Faculty.

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Watch YouTube Insights on the 2014 Legislative Session

Feb 03, 2014

Watch this collection of short videos on how this session may affect you.

Legislative

Schatz Co-introduces College Affordability and Innovation Act

Feb 03, 2014

UHPA is pleased that Senator Schatz is advancing a bill that will help make college more affordable while providing more accountability on costs.

UHPA Organizational

James Tiles, Retired Professor of Philosophy

Jan 21, 2014

UHPA recently learned of the passing of Jim Tiles, who had retired from UH-Manoa in December 2009. Jim had served on the UHPA Board of Directors from September 2006 until his retirement. He is survived by retired Professor of Philosophy Mary Tiles, who served as UHPA's President from September 2002 - September 2007. After their retirement, Jim and Mary moved to England. UHPA Executive Director J. N. Musto received the following email from Dr. Tiles.

UHPA Organizational

January 2014 Board Notes

Jan 14, 2014

A summary of the UHPA Board of Directors January 10, 2014 meeting.

Fringe Benefits

Is Your New Year's Resolution to get Fit and Healthy?

Dec 26, 2013

Let The Honolulu Club help! They are offering a discounted rate for UHPA members.

Campus-Specific

UH Cancer Center Continues in the News

Dec 26, 2013

An article in the Honolulu Civil Beat by Ian Lind asks a pertinent question.

System Policy

UHPA's Statement Regarding Cancer Center

Dec 09, 2013

In the interests of addressing the numerous inquiries we have received UHPA is issuing this statement regarding the conflict between the University of Hawaii and Cancer Center Director Carbone.

UHPA Organizational

November 2013 Board Notes

Dec 02, 2013

A summary of the November 16, 2013 UHPA Board of Directors' meeting.

Academic

Paying for Public Higher Education in Hawaii

Nov 18, 2013

Read UHPA President David Duffy's second piece in Civil Beat.

Campus-Specific

Labor of Love School Project

Nov 18, 2013

Thanks to all who contributed, endorsed and volunteered for this great project. The gratitude expressed by the children and the teachers at Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School made all the hard work and sacrifice worthwhile!

UHPA Organizational

Accrediting Agencies Reconsidered

Nov 05, 2013

States should have their own accrediting agencies, more responsive to local needs. Devil is in the details but interesting.

Fringe Benefits

Special Offer for Honolulu Club Membership

Oct 31, 2013

The UHPA Member Benefits Committee has recently negotiated reduced membership rates for UHPA members at the Honolulu Club. A monthly fee of $144 is based on the number of overall UHPA participants. If twelve (12) more UHPA members sign up by 12/31/13, the monthly fee will be reduced to $121 per month. The Honolulu Club has provided us with a limited amount of 3-day guest passes for interested UHPA members. Please call the UHPA office at 593-2157 before coming by to pick up a pass.

UHPA Organizational

September 2013 Board Notes

Oct 25, 2013

A summary of the September 7, 2013 UHPA Board of Directors' meeting. NOTE: The Board did not meet in July and August 2013.

Financial

Where Does Money for Higher Education Go?

Oct 23, 2013

Read and comment on this great op-ed by UHPA President David Duffy: State funding for public higher education in Hawaii always seems to boil down to a philosophical question: What exactly is the role and mission of the University of Hawaii system and is the return worth supporting with tax payer dollars?

Legal-Judicial

Love Makes a Family: Marriage Equality Community Gathering on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at the State Capitol

Oct 23, 2013

Schedule: 12:00 to 4:00 pm--Food collection for donations to the Hawaii Foodbank, Picnic/Potluck on the Capitol Lawn. The official program will begin at 2:00 pm.

System Policy

Amendment to Managerial Personnel Policies

Oct 15, 2013

Board of Regents approved an amendment pertaining to Chapter 9, Section 9-12, Executive and Managerial Personnel Policies, Part II, Recruitment and Appointment of Executive and Managerial Personnel.

Fringe Benefits

Register Your Beneficiary Now

Oct 11, 2013

If you are one of the 850 UHPA members who has already filled out and submitted your paperwork for the no-cost $20,000 group term life insurance coverage (Basic Plan) provided as a UHPA membership benefit, thank you! Others, should click on the title and read more . . .

Legal-Judicial

Support for Marriage Equality

Oct 10, 2013

Statement by UHPA President, David Duffy, Ph.D.

Fringe Benefits

Special UHPA Rate for Honolulu Club Members

Oct 11, 2013

If you are already a member of the Honolulu Club, please read and respond to the following very important notice:

Financial

No More Debt! The New Plan to Destroy Tuition and Loans

Sep 19, 2013

How's this for a creative new faculty contract? It focuses on bringing everyone up to the national salary averages in their fields instead of giving across-the-board raises. That means a few EWU professors will get raises as big as $18,000 a year over the next three years and seven, who are paid well above market rates, will get nothing. The unusual contract was embraced both by the faculty union and school administrators.

Campus-Specific

Special UH-West Oahu Board of Director's Election

Sep 18, 2013

Active members at UH-West Oahu were emailed an announcement that informed them about a special Board of Director's election on their campus. Former Director Eun Ahn was appointed as the UHWO Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the end of the spring semester. Since many faculty members were on summer leave, the Nominations and Elections Committee decided to conduct this election in the fall. The N&E has informed members of the timelines and process for this special election.

Fringe Benefits

Confusion About Changes in the ERS

Sep 13, 2013

The Board of Trustees of the Employees' Retirement System (ERS) adopted new option factor tables for members hired prior to July 1, 2012. These new factor changes (effective January 1, 2014) DO NOT AFFECT the defined pension benefit maximum allowance allocation. The UH Office of Human Resources will be scheduling workshops set for October 17 & 18 to allow ERS representatives to explain the changes and answer questions.

Academic

UH Students Can't Graduate Because Of Professor Shortage

Sep 13, 2013

Growing chorus to the Department of Education: Hold ACCJC accountable!

Campus-Specific

Limited Confidence in Boards

Sep 10, 2013

This article raises serious questions about role and effectiveness of boards and their relations with university presidents, something for UH to think about given that two of the past UH presidents had problems with ours.

Academic

Academy Fight Song

Sep 09, 2013

A delightfully acerbic and insightful view of college capitalism that Christopher Hitchens, the Hitch, might have admired. "Another market-driven disaster will be understood as a disaster of socialism, requiring an ever deeper penetration of the university by market rationality." It points out that we know how to save the universities but are unwilling to do it.

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2013 LaborFest Hawaii will be held September 20 & 21 at Marks Garage

Aug 30, 2013

Both events on Friday, September 20th at 6:00 pm and Saturday, September 21st at 3:00 pm will take place at Mark’s Garage in Chinatown. Both events are free!!

Campus-Specific

Hawaii Health Care Conference for Union Members - September 13, 2013

Aug 30, 2013

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente this conference was developed in conjunction with a number of Hawaii labor unions. UHPA members are invited to attend. There is no cost but registration is necessary.

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Faculty Thought Leadership Forums a Success!

Aug 23, 2013

UH Maui College and UH West O'ahu kickstarted a great conversation about the future of UH and the leadership role that faculty must play.

Political

Senate Seniority is the Great Equalizer

Aug 21, 2013

By UHPA Executive Director J. N. Musto

UHPA Organizational

The Aloha United Way Labor Community Service Training Opportunities for Natural Disasters

Aug 21, 2013

UHPA members are eligible to attend these training sessions provided by the Hawaii AFL-CIO as part of the Aloha United Way Community Service Program. The information is found in the newest Labor Community Service Newsletter.

Legal-Judicial

Workplace Time to Express Milk

Aug 21, 2013

Under the Hawai‘i Employment Practices Law (Act 249, 2013 regular session), a state law was recently passed that requires employers to provide employees a reasonable break time to express milk at the workplace in a location other than the restroom that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public for one year after the child’s birth. The law became effective July 1, 2013 and requires a notice to be placed in a prominent location that can be readily seen by employees.

Fringe Benefits

Want More Term Life Insurance Coverage? Watch for More Information in the Mail

Jul 24, 2013

Effective Thursday, August 1, all UHPA members will automatically receive a $20,000 term life insurance policy from Royal State Insurance – at no cost! However, some members may need more coverage. The UHPA Member Benefits Committee worked with Royal State Insurance to develop a solution.

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UHPA Introduces New Technology to Respond to Demand for Increased Transparency and to Make UH a Better Institution

Aug 06, 2013

University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA), the union representing nearly 4,000 UH faculty, is kicking up transparency in the UH operations to a new level when it launches a new Faculty Thought Leadership Series this month.

Political

"I Am Mystified"

Jul 24, 2013

UHPA Executive Director JN Musto comments on the selection of an interim president for the University of Hawaii. What do you think? Comment on our YouTube video!

Financial

UH Faculty Paychecks to be Increased Beginning This Month

Jul 18, 2013

As a way to support the University of Hawaii system during a difficult economic period, in 2009 UHPA members agreed to a temporary pay reduction, with an agreement from the UH administration and the Board of Regents that the amount would be restored over time.

Fringe Benefits

Making it harder to defend the concept of tenure

Jul 12, 2013

M.R.C. Greenwood's alleged next job will be earning nearly $300k/yr as a tenured professor at the UH School of Medicine. UHPA Exec Director Dr. J.N. Musto was interviewed for this KHON story.

Academic

Does the University of Hawaii even need a new president?

Jul 12, 2013

UHPA Exec Director Dr. J.N. Musto suggests that each chancellor become a de facto president for his or her campus, with greater discretion over campus budgets and operations. The university-wide president would instead be the Board of Regents’ CEO and multi-campus chancellor with oversight of the campus presidents.

System Policy

ALERT - Federal STEM Funding at Risk

Jul 03, 2013

Senator Schatz's staff has notified UHPA of a harmful budget proposal by the Obama administration to consolidate all STEM funding into three agencies NSF, Department of Education, and the Smithsonian. This consolidation is creating uncertainty with the status of existing long term grants and contracts along with lack of clarity in the transfer of responsibility for existing funds.

Financial

2013 EUTF Open Enrollment Changes

Jun 28, 2013

Confirmation notices! What you need to know.

Financial

EUTF Premium Rates for Faculty in Bargaining Unit 7

Jun 13, 2013

New rates effective 7/01/2013

UHPA Organizational

June 2013 Board Notes

Jun 07, 2013

A summary of the June 1, 2013 UHPA Board of Directors' meeting. NOTE: The Board of Directors did not meet in May 2013.

UHPA Organizational

To NEA: Thank you for trying to destroy our union.

May 30, 2013

An Open Letter to the National Education Association in Washington, D.C.

System Policy

Testimony Presented to UH Board of Regents - May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013

BOR testimony regarding the selection of the New UH President presented by UHPA Executive Director J. N. Musto, UHPA Vice-President Sharon Rowe and UHPA Secretary Nani Azman.

Political

UHPA President Testimony on Selection of UH President

May 24, 2013

UHPA President David Cameron Duffy submits a written testimony to the Board of Regents RE: Choosing a Next President

Academic

UHPA President David Duffy’s Comments in Star Advertiser - May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

David Duffy, newly elected president of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, shares his views in an exclusive commentary for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Campus-Specific

LGBT Pride Events on O'ahu & Kaua'i

May 20, 2013

Once again this June, we celebrate Pride Month in honor of the June 1969 Stonewall Riots, which began the modern movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender civil rights. For the first time, Pride At Work Hawai'i will be participating in Pride events on two islands (O'ahu and Kaua'i).

UHPA Organizational

April 2013 Board Notes

May 17, 2013

A summary of the UHPA Board of Directors' meeting on April 27, 2013.

System Policy

Testimony Presented to UH Board of Regents

May 16, 2013

BOR testimony regarding HB 822, Allocation for Faculty Salaries, presented by UHPA Executive Director J. N. Musto at the UH Board of Regent's May 16, 2013 meeting.

Fringe Benefits

EUTF Premium Rates for Faculty in Bargaining Unit 7 Not Yet Determined

May 09, 2013

The Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) have posted the July 1, 2013 rate sheets with the employer/employee contribution splits for bargaining units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 on their website. However, the employer/employee contributions for bargaining units 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 are not listed because they still do not have official word what the employer contributions will be.

UHPA Organizational

UHPA Board of Directors Elects New Officers

May 08, 2013

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors recently elected new officers, which include representatives of the UH flagship Manoa campus and community colleges on Oahu and the neighbor islands, are: David Duffy, President; Sharon Rowe, Vice President; Rosiana “Nani” Azman, Secretary; and Robert Cooney, Treasurer.

UHPA Organizational

39th UHPA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Apr 24, 2013

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly is conducting its 39th Annual Membership meeting on Friday, April 26, 2013. Active members and staff will meet at the UH-Manoa Campus at 3:30 p.m.

UHPA Organizational

2013 EUTF Health Care Open Enrollment Informational Sessions

Apr 24, 2013

If you were not able to attend one of the informational sessions being offered, you will be able to either view an online video or watch the taped information session on Olelo TV.

UHPA Organizational

Two UHPA Scholarships Available for Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women

Apr 19, 2013

The UHPA Board of Directors is awarding scholarships to two UHPA women members to attend the 32nd Annual Summer Institute for Union Women, which is held this year from June 25-29 at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Fringe Benefits

UHPA Grants Available for the 2013 Hawaii National Great Teachers Seminar

Apr 17, 2013

This year, the Hawaii National Great Teachers Seminar will be held from August 4 to 9 at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. UHPA will be funding three grants to cover the tuition and airfare costs for active UHPA members who are lecturers or are I-2 faculty at UH-Hilo, UH-Manoa, or UH-West Oahu.

UHPA Organizational

Open Enrollment and New Health Plans

Apr 11, 2013

Open Enrollment for health plans start April 15th and ends May 10th. The Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) offers two new plans.

Political

Senator Schatz Fundraiser Appeal

Apr 11, 2013

The 2014 election is already in gear. Consider making an early contribution to the Senator's campaign.

UHPA Organizational

March 2013 Board Notes

Apr 09, 2013

A summary of the March 16, 2013 UHPA Board of Directors' meeting.

UHPA Organizational

Universities Benefit From Their Faculties' Unionization, Study Finds

Apr 05, 2013

This article is from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Financial

Legislature Considering Repeal of Higher Tax Rate to Fund State’s Budget

Mar 28, 2013

Should we increase or add new taxes for Hawaii’s taxpayers to boost State revenue? Or decrease taxes to stimulate growth and more investment? These are the questions that Hawaii’s lawmakers have wrestled with over the past few years to address the state’s weak economy.

UHPA Organizational

February 2013 Board Notes

Mar 22, 2013

A summary of the February 23, 2013 UHPA Board of Directors' meeting.

Political

UHPA Endorses Senator Brian Schatz for 2014

Mar 20, 2013

UHPA looks to Senator Schatz for advancing key faculty and student issues.

Campus-Specific

Community Forum on Marine Cooks and Stewards Union on March 15th

Mar 01, 2013

Please join us and help spread the word about a FREE community forum event on Friday, March 15th.

UHPA Organizational

January 2013 Board Notes

Feb 28, 2013

A summary of the UHPA Board of Directors January 12, 2013 meeting.

System Policy

UHPA Members Vote to Amend the UHPA Bylaws

Jan 22, 2013

UHPA members voted on the question “ Do you approve or disapprove of the proposed Amended and Restated UHPA Bylaws?” Ballots were sent to 3,032 UHPA members.

UHPA Organizational

Join us on Monday, January 21, at Magic Island!

Jan 16, 2013

This year is the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech, which was delivered as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. This year is also the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Because of these historic moments, when President Obama is inaugurated on January 21 - which is also the King holiday - he will be sworn in using Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Bible and Abraham Lincoln's Bible. (Click on title for more information.)

UHPA Organizational

November 2012 Board Notes

Dec 27, 2012

A summary of the November 17, 2012 UHPA Board of Directors' meeting.

UHPA Organizational

UHPA Members Email Ballot on Amended and Restated Bylaws Arriving December 12, 2012

Dec 12, 2012

UHPA members are asked to vote on UHPA Amended and Restated Bylaws that reflect improvements and clarifications resulting from a comprehensive review conducted by the UHPA Board of Directors. Balloting starts as soon as you receive your email allowing you to vote electronically.

Campus-Specific

January Bus Pass Information

Dec 10, 2012

For employees who are participating in the bus pass program, you may pick-up the January 2013 bus pass on Wednesday, December 12, through Friday, December 14, 2012. The UHM Parking Office will be closed during the last two (2) weeks of December due to the supplemental time off days and/or “power down” initiative. Employees may resume pick-up on January 2, 2013.

System Policy

UHPA Testifies at Board of Regents on UH Fiscal Responsibility, Faculty Salaries, and West Oahu Land Sales

Nov 14, 2012

UHPA Executive Director J. N. Musto’s testimony was presented to the Regents for their consideration when they met on November 15, 2012.

Financial

UHPA Contract Provision Triggers EUTF Refunds for Faculty

Nov 09, 2012

Wondering why you received an extra check the week of November 5? It's thanks to your UHPA contract and the "most favored nation" clause UHPA bargained for you in Article XXII.

UHPA Organizational

October 2012 Board Notes

Nov 01, 2012

A summary of the October 20, 2012 UHPA Board of Directors' meeting.

Fringe Benefits

NEA Health Information Network (HIN) Disaster Relief

Nov 05, 2012

The NEA HIN Disaster Relief Fund is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity that provides aid to the education community in the wake of large scale disaster. When the Fund is activated in response to a disaster, NEA HIN staff work with state and local NEA affiliates to give grants to local aid organizations that are positioned to meet the needs of disaster-struck education communities.

Political

UHPA Helps Members Make Informed Mayoral Race Decisions

Oct 23, 2012

A recent survey of UHPA members showed there is an even split on the issue of whether UHPA should endorse county mayoral candidates. In addition, nearly a quarter of the faculty who responded to the survey are undecided about whom they will elect as mayor.

System Policy

UHPA Provides Response to UH Proposed Whistleblower and Retaliation Policy

Oct 19, 2012

UHPA regularly exercises the rights conferred under Chapter 89, H.R.S. to consult with UH on matters of policy.

Fringe Benefits

UHPA Sponsors Informational Financial Planning Seminars for Members

Oct 19, 2012

UHPA is sponsoring informational financial planning seminars as a service to UHPA members only. Whether you are newly hired or a long time faculty member there is information that can assist you in making decisions on employee benefits, budgeting and take home pay, housing and retirement with the challenges that come with living in an island state. Every campus will have access to this program either in October or November. If you are unable to attend the session on your campus, you are welcome to attend a session on another campus.

UHPA Organizational

September 2012 Board Notes

Oct 05, 2012

A summary of the September 8, 2012 UHPA Board of Directors' meeting.

System Policy

Civil Beat Goes After the Unregistered Voter

Oct 05, 2012

Another joint Hawaiian Spring effort with Civil Beat to increase voter registration.

Legislative

Kanohowailuku Helm Supports Our Hawaiian Spring Register to Vote Campaign

Oct 05, 2012

In an effort to reach young adults Kanohowailuku Helm releases a You Tube video to encourage voter registration by October 8, 2012.

Legislative

UHPA Endorsement of Mazie Hirono

Sep 27, 2012

Mazie Hirono has been a strong supporter of universities, faculty and students in the U.S. House of Representatives and is committed to continuing this fight in the U.S Senate. She has been an advocate of the federal government’s role in supporting education, particularly higher education.

System Policy

UHPA Sponsors 'Our Hawaiian Spring' Facebook Voting Game

Jun 15, 2012

Hawaii’s general election is coming up quickly on November 6. Low voter turnout has continued to be a challenge for our state, but UHPA and Honolulu Civil Beat have teamed up and come up with something new and exciting.

Legal-Judicial

Jim Donovan Letter Raises Concerns About UH Stevie Wonder Concert Investigation

Aug 23, 2012

Yesterday, a letter from Jim Donovan’s attorney was released which casts doubts on the actions taken by the UH President and Board of Regents and the completeness of the investigation. The issues raised in the letter that the UH failure resides within the offices of General Counsel Darolyn Lendio and VP-Adminstration Howard Todo, has not been addressed adequately. UHPA is very concerned that the decisions made by President Greenwood and the Board of Regents, including the transfer of Mr. Donovan to another job will encourage legislative scrutiny of all UH funding creating significant uncertainty for our students and faculty. This situation is a grave distraction illustrating a failure to assert responsibility and leadership at the highest levels at UH.

Political

UHPA Endorses Mazie Hirono and Tulsi Gabbard in the General Election.

Aug 10, 2012

UHPA president Adrienne Valdez has notified both Representative Mazie Hirono and Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard of the UHPA endorsement for the general election.

Political

Sierra Club, UHPA, HGEA Announce NotPono Campaign

Aug 03, 2012

Historic Coalition Calls for Greater Transparency in House District 48 Race

Political

UHPA Launches New TV Spot Endorsing Ed Case for U.S. Senate over Republican Candidate Linda Lingle

Jul 25, 2012

The TV spot debuts July 26 following the U.S. Senate debate on Hawaii News Now (KGMB and KHNL), and will continue airing on local network and cable stations through the primary election.

Political

UHPA Showcases List of Endorsed State Candidates

Jul 20, 2012

While the outcome of this year’s congressional races is critical, there are other races at the state level that also deserve our attention. These state seats will shape legislation that impact faculty and funding for public higher education. This includes policies relating to your retirement and health benefits through the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) and Employer Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF).

Legislative

UHPA Campaigns for Ed Case and Mufi Hannemann Now Under Way

Jul 20, 2012

Over the past few weeks, you may have seen UHPA’s commercials endorsing Ed Case for U.S. Senate on TV or hear them on the radio. In the coming weeks, neighbor island faculty will also hear radio commercials endorsing Mufi Hannemann for the U.S. House of Representatives.

UHPA Organizational

“I’ll Kill Rail Just Like I Killed Faculty Housing"

Jul 18, 2012

Ben Cayetano's response at the latest Mayoral debate.

Political

UHPA’s Newest Ed Case for US Senate TV Spot “Testimonial”

Jul 16, 2012

Featuring UHPA members and supporters in our community

UHPA Organizational

June 2012 Board Notes

Jul 13, 2012

A summary of the June 2, 2012 UHPA Board of Directors' meeting.

Political

UHPA Introduces Ed Case to Voters

Jul 12, 2012

UHPA is encouraging voters to cast their ballot for Ed Case for the US Senate. See the ad that is being shown on cable TV with a similar ad running on radio.

Legal-Judicial

Governor Appoints Retired LCC Faculty Member as an EUTF Trustee

Jul 10, 2012

Upon the recommendation of public sector unions, Professor Linda Currivan was appointed by the Governor. Professor Currivan retired in June after 28 years of service at Leeward Community College. In addition to her other duties, Professor Currivan was the Director for Developmental Education in the Division of Language Arts. Professor Currivan was also active in UHPA, having served on the Board of Directors, as a Faculty Representative, the strike coordinator for the LCC campus in 2001, and being active member on the UHPA Negotiating Team leading to the talks to changes in the teaching workload language of the UHPA/BOR Agreement. Professor Currivan will serve a three year term.

Campus-Specific

Rebuilding the World Trade Center - The Union Way

Jun 27, 2012

We’ve just launched an amazing video that tells the stories of military veterans who got good jobs and careers to be proud of through the building trades’ Helmets to Hardhats initiative. Today they’re rebuilding the World Trade Center, where the final steel beam was placed atop Building 4 yesterday.

System Policy

UHPA and Honolulu Civil Beat Getting More People to Vote

Jun 15, 2012

Hawaii’s primary election is right around the corner on August 11. Low voter turnout has continued to be a challenge for our state, but UHPA and Honolulu Civil Beat have teamed up and come up with a solution.

UHPA Organizational

May 2012 Board Notes

Jun 06, 2012

A summary of the May 5, 2012 UHPA Board of Directors' meeting.

Financial

Ranking UH Faculty Salaries: An Update UHPA Report

Jun 06, 2012

The Union continues to study UH faculty salaries in comparison with peer groups. This update report is based upon 2010-2011 data and provides a historical trend analysis—including selected graphic representations of the results. UH Faculty Salary increases have kept pace with peer institutions while continuing to fall below peer groups. A review of percentile ranks with peers reflect that UH Community College faculty salaries have dropped while UH-Hilo climbed in their ranking and UHM stayed in the same general rank. UH-West Oahu ranks at the 70th percentile in 2010-2011. Percentile rankings by academic rank indicate that professors’ salaries seem to fall below their peers at a greater rate than do the average salaries paid to associate or assistant professors. Full detailed tables are included in the appendix. Please note that the source of data is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and that neither the data nor the analysis corrects for cost of living differences.

Campus-Specific

Proposed UHM Policy on Dual Career Faculty Partner Hire

Jun 06, 2012

The UHM Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs has transmitted a proposed policy on dual career faculty partner hire for UHPA’s review and comment. This proposal policy was vetted through the Manoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee in 2010 and it’s Committee on Professional Matters in 2011. The draft policy was endorsed by the Faculty Senate on April 18, 2012. UHPA members are invited to submit comments by Monday, June 25, 2012. Please forward your input directly to James D. Kardash, Associate Executive Director, at kardash@uhpa.org or call him to discuss in person at 593-2157, extension #226.

Campus-Specific

Proposed Executive Policy on Institutional Data Governance

Jun 06, 2012

The Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost has transmitted a proposed Executive Policy on Institutional Data Governance for UHPA's review and comment. This proposal was developed by a system-wide committee and widely vetted throughout the University community and “sets the overall vision and goals for the management of our institutional data”. UHPA members are invited to submit comments by Friday, June 22, 2012. Please forward your input directly to James D. Kardash, Associate Executive Director, at kardash@uhpa.org or call him to discuss in person at 593-2157, extension #226.

Fringe Benefits

The Terms of the UHM Chancellor Designee's Employment Contract Have Been Released

Jun 05, 2012

The employment agreement reached between Dr. Thomas Apple and the Board of Regents include: a) a 5-year appointment as Chancellor of UH-Manoa, b) post-administrative appointment rights into the UHPA faculty bargaining as a tenured full professor, c) an 11-month appointment, as opposed to the standard 9-month Instructional appointment period, and d) “…faculty fallback salary not less than other senior college or school eleven month faculty.” There is a 16.67% differential between 9-month and 11-month appointments, with the 11-month appointment usually reserved for Instructional faculty members serving as Department Chairs.

Political

Volunteer for Ed Case

Jun 05, 2012

Upcoming Oahu events

UHPA Organizational

EARL HISHINUMA ELECTED TO UHPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

May 30, 2012

On Friday, May 25, the Nominations and Elections Committee counted the ballots received for the Special UH-Manoa Board of Director election. As a result, Dr. Earl Hishinuma, Professor of Psychiatry at Queen's Medical Center, has been elected to fill the remainder of the Board seat that expires in April 2013. He will be officially welcomed by members of the UHPA Board of Directors on June 2, 2012.

DEPENDENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

May 21, 2012

Under Article III of the 2009-2015 UH faculty contract, a Dependent Scholarship Program was effective with the 2010-2011 academic year. The scholarship fund was for $250,000 and was awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds were exhausted. An email sent to all Chancellors on February 22, 2012 advises them that funds have been exhausted and this program to offer funding for dependent students of faculty members has ended.

UHPA Organizational

Testimony Re: UHM Chancellorship

May 17, 2012

Executive Director J. N. Musto submits testimony for the Board of Regents Meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2012.

UHPA Organizational

New Officers & Executive Committee Members Elected!

May 08, 2012

At its annual Board of Directors meeting on May 5, 2012, Directors elected new officers and members of the Executive Committee. Since Adrienne Valdez was elected last year as President and serves an initial two-year term, the election for the Office of President was not considered. Congratulations are extended to:

Academic

2012 Hawaii Great Teachers Grant Recipients

May 08, 2012

One I2 faculty member and six lecturers were awarded grants to attend the 24th Annual Hawaii National Great Teachers Seminar that is scheduled for August 5 to 10, 2012 at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. They are John Hamilton (UH-Hilo), Steven Hobbs (UH-Manoa), Shannon Kiek-Rapozo (Kapiolani CC), Randal McEndree (Hawaii CC), Benton Sen (Kapiolani CC), Steven Stegeman (Leeward CC), and Mei Wang (Honolulu CC).

UHPA Organizational

March Board Notes

May 04, 2012

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly Board of Directors' March 10, 2012 meeting.

UHPA Organizational

Newly Elected Directors for UHPA!

May 02, 2012

The UHPA Board of Directors is composed of 25 Directors and one-third are elected annually. This year, elections were conducted for one seat at Kapiolani Community College, one seat at Leeward Community College, one seat at UH Maui College, one seat at UH-West Oahu, and 5 seats at UH-Manoa. As a result of these elections, the following faculty members will serve three-year terms on the UHPA Board of Directors. They are:

Campus-Specific

UH Hilo Adminstration Continues to Grow...

May 01, 2012

News article in the Hawaii Tribune Herald (4/29/2012)

Fringe Benefits

Home Street Bank Offers Home Purchase or Refinancing for UHPA Members

Apr 30, 2012

As part of membership in UHPA, Home Street Bank will work with UHPA members to provide discounts on first time home purchase or refinancing for current homeowners. The offers currently available for members are outlined in our "Members Only" section of the website. You must log in to review the offers.

Legislative

Be a Permanent Absentee Voter

Apr 26, 2012

As the Spring 2012 semester comes to a close, you may have many urgent loose ends to tie up before you enjoy your summer. This year, there are many important elections whose outcomes can affect faculty and the rest of our state. Please make registering to vote in this year’s Primary and General Elections a priority. If you have already registered, consider signing up as a permanent absentee voter. It’s a convenient way to vote by mail, especially for faculty who may be too busy to get to the polls.

Academic

Report of the Joint Committee on Community College Teaching Equivalencies

Apr 20, 2012

The 2009-2015 Agreement between UHPA and BOR included a Memorandum of Understanding that created a joint committee to review and evaluate the teaching equivalencies in the provisions of the expired CCCM#2250 July 2001. The Joint Committee was composed of members of UHPA from the various campuses of the community colleges and the Vice Chancellors for Academic Affairs of each of the campuses. The Findings and Recommendations of the Committee are included in the Report that has been transmitted to Vice President John Morton. Vice President Morton will review the Report, and he will propose a Community College Teaching Equivalency Policy for adoption, subject to formal consultation with UHPA.

System Policy

May 1st Deadline to Sign Up for Credit Monitoring Due to UH Data Breach

Apr 17, 2012

Press release updates, status of the UH Data Breach lawsuit whose settlement was approved by the Circuit Court. Information on obtaining credit monitoring is provided in the Press Release.

Campus-Specific

Special Board Election for UH-Manoa

Apr 24, 2012

UHPA is conducting a special election to fill the remaining term of a Manoa Director who resigned. The term will be for about one year from May 23, 2012 to the day before the May 2013 UHPA Board of Directors meeting. All UHPA members assigned to the UH-Manoa campus are eligible to run and to vote.

Financial

UHPA Scholarships Available for UHPA Women Members

Apr 16, 2012

The UHPA Board of Directors is awarding scholarships to two UHPA women members to attend the 31st Annual Summer Institute for Union Women, which is being held this year from July 23-27, 2012 at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA. The scholarship may be used for air and ground transportation, the registration fee, and incidentals. The registration fee includes lodging, all meals, classes, special events, and class materials [$450 for single room; $380 for double room per person]. No rooms are available for nonconference partners or friends. Application deadline is Friday, May 4, 2012.

Campus-Specific

Capitol Idol 2012 - Legislative Talent Show to Benefit the Hawaii Foodbank

Apr 10, 2012

Senator Mike Gabbard's office is organizing a Hawaii`i Foodbank Fundraiser Event on Monday, April 16th.

Political

Ed Case Letter

Apr 04, 2012

Letter from Ed Case distributed to UHPA members on April 3, 2012.

UHPA Organizational

UHPA Scholarships Available to Lecturers & I2 Faculty for the Hawaii National Great Teachers Seminar in August

Mar 29, 2012

Notice that will be emailed to all lecturers and instructors (I2 faculty) in the UH System who teach half-time or more about an opportunity to attend the 24th Annual Hawaii National Great Teachers Seminar on August 5-10, 2012 at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Click on links below for more information.

Campus-Specific

UHPA Board Elections

Mar 29, 2012

Ballots have been mailed to members, at their place of record, whose campuses are conducting Board elections. Those campuses are Kapiolani Community College, Leeward Community College, UH Maui College, UH-Manoa, and UH-West Oahu. If you are an UHPA member from one of the campuses indicated and do not receive a ballot by mail in the next day or two, please be sure to contact the UHPA office at 593-2157. Mahalo.

UHPA Organizational

February 2012 Board Notes

Mar 12, 2012

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' February 11, 2012 meeting.

UHPA Organizational

January 2012 Board Notes

Mar 07, 2012

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' Janaury 21, 2012 meeting. The Board did not have a meeting in December 2011.

Political

UHPA Introduces Election 2012 Webpage

Feb 23, 2012

UHPA welcomes you to www.FacultyVotes.org a public website that presents our endorsed candidates and why they are important for faculty and higher education. The website will be growing throughout the Election 2012 as UHPA continues its endorsement process for the state legislature.

Legislative

UHPA's New 2012 Legislative Webpage

Feb 23, 2012

UHPA's Legislative webpage is the place to see UHPA testimony; track legislation directly impacting UHPA members; and to link to the legislature to email testimony on bills important to you.

Legislative

Notice of Class Action Settlement - UH Data Breach Lawsuit

Feb 16, 2012

The University of Hawaii has settled several lawsuits regarding possible data breaches at the University. Faculty members have received a notice of settlement. We have been briefed by the attorneys on the settlement and we believe this is a good result. There is no need to call the court.

Campus-Specific

UH-Manoa Fire: Documents Destroyed

Feb 13, 2012

As reported yesterday in the media, a fire destroyed payroll documents stored in a thirty year old, wooden temporary structure in the Quarry.

Political

UHPA BOD Endorses Congressional Candidates

Feb 11, 2012

Saturday, the UHPA BOD endorsed two candidates running in the Democratic Party Primary election races for the US Senate and US House

Legislative

New CVS Caremark (Longs) Prescription Drug Plan

Feb 06, 2012

Information to eligible employees.

UHPA Organizational

2012 UHPA Board of Directors Election

Feb 03, 2012

This year there will be Board elections at Kapiolani CC, Leeward CC, UH Maui College, UH-Manoa, and UH-West Oahu. Five positions will need to be filled for UH-Manoa and one position for each of the other campuses. For more information, go to the Members Only folder or click on the link for the 2012 Board Elections.

Legislative

UHPA Submits Testimony for HB 1668 & SB 2993

Jan 31, 2012

Executive Director J.N. Musto has submitted testimony opposing HB 1668 and SB 2993, which proposes to eliminate tenure for Bargaining Units 5 and 6.

Legislative

SB 2993--a Twin of HB 1668....Auwe!

Jan 31, 2012

Senate Committees will also be considering Senate Bill 2993 that proposes to eliminate tenure for Bargaining Units 5 and 6 at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, February 3 in State Capitol Room 225. We urge you to submit your testimonies against Senate Bill 2993 and House Bill 1668. Read more....

Legislative

Critical Hearing to Eliminate Tenure

Jan 30, 2012

Your testimony opposing House Bill 1668 is needed. There will be a joint hearing at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, at the State Capitol Room 309 with members of the House Committee on Education and the Committee on Labor and Public Employment. House Bill 1668 proposes to eliminate tenure for Bargaining Units 5 and 6, which could pose a real threat for higher education. Read more....

Legal-Judicial

University of Hawai'i Settles Data Breach Class Action

Jan 26, 2012

The University of Hawai'i has settled a class action data breach lawsuit involving five data breaches between 2009 through 2011.

Fringe Benefits

January Bus Pass

Dec 15, 2011

Employees may pick-up the January 2012 bus pass on December 15 and 16, 2011.

UHPA Organizational

November 2011 Board Notes

Dec 14, 2011

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' November 19, 2011 meeting.

UHPA Organizational

EUTF Health Plan Effective January 1, 2012 - Adding Civil Union Partners

Dec 14, 2011

A letter from Clifford Shinchi, University of Hawaii Human Resources Specialist.

Campus-Specific

UC-Riverside Faculty Association Supports CSU Strike at the Dominguez Hills Campus

Nov 15, 2011

An example of the reasons when higher education faculty organize for the purposes of collective bargaining.

UHPA Organizational

Important Information: Faculty Need for Private Email Addresses

Nov 02, 2011

It is important that faculty members have secure communications when dealing with personnel matters which maintain the attorney-client privilege. Further, it allows UHPA to communicate with faculty members on public policy and electoral matters. For those UHPA members that have private emails—thank you. For those UHPA members who haven’t yet acquired a private email UHPA hopes you will do so.

Legal-Judicial

First Amendment Tool Kit

Oct 31, 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Hawaii has a tool kit that provides information that relate to the laws regarding free speech demonstrations. To view the tool kit, go to: http://acluhi.org/know-your-rights/demonstrating-at-apec/.

UHPA Organizational

October 2011 Board Notes

Oct 28, 2011

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' October 22, 2011 meeting.

System Policy

UHPA Board's Resolution Regarding Occupy Wall Street

Oct 27, 2011

At it's October 22, 2011 meeting, the UHPA Board of Directors adopted the following Resolution regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement:

Financial

APEC and Economic Justice?

Oct 21, 2011

A talk by Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, on Tuesday, October 25, from 4:00-5:30 pm at the Art Auditorium on the UH Mānoa campus (2535 McCarthy Mall).

System Policy

Reminder UHPA Members - Check for UHPA Survey in your Private Email

Oct 18, 2011

Your participation in the survey is important for the decisions that the UHPA Board of Directors will be making in the 2012 Hawaii US Senate & Congressional Races.

UHPA Organizational

September 2011 Board Notes

Oct 10, 2011

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' September 24, 2011 meeting.

UHPA Organizational

The Hawai‘i Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) Health Care Benefits Open Enrollment

Sep 27, 2011

The Hawai‘i Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) health care benefits open enrollment is scheduled for the period October 3, 2011 through October 21, 2011, for coverage effective January 1, 2012. Employees are allowed to make any changes to their plans, coverage and dependents during the open enrollment period. The health coverage will be effective for a period of 18 months (January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013).

Political

Protecting the Rights of All Public Sector Union Members

Sep 19, 2011

Why UHPA Chose to Intervene in HSTA’s Hearings before the Hawaii Labor Relations Board?

UHPA Organizational

August 2011 Board Notes

Sep 01, 2011

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' August 27, 2011 meeting. The Board did not have a meeting in July.

Legal-Judicial

HGEA says “HSTA’s Actions Jeopardize Collective Bargaining for All Public Employees.”

Aug 23, 2011

This morning HGEA members received communications from Executive Director Randy Perreira regarding the Hawaii Labor Relations Board activities with HSTA. Within minutes of its release the press had copies. UHPA is releasing this to UHPA members with the permission of HGEA.

System Policy

HLRB Member Sesnita Moepono Remarks Upon Recusing Herself from the Hawaii Labor Relations Board

Aug 23, 2011

Sesnita Moepono, the management representative on the Hawaii Labor Relations Board, recused herself from participating in the HSTA case after the Ethics Commission found a conflict due to her spouse being an HSTA member. Her comments are a measure of the issues and emotions the HSTA prohibited practice case and accompanying charges has generated.

Financial

Effective July 1, 2011 Employee Premium Contributions for EUTF Health Plans Increased

Jul 11, 2011

State and County employees in bargaining units 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 13 and for employees excluded from collective bargaining saw an increase in premium deductions on their mid July pay statements.

Legal-Judicial

NEWS RELEASE - UPDATE - August 10, 2011

Aug 05, 2011

UPDATE - HLRB heard UHPA's petition to intervene in the HSTA PP and ruled, over the objection of HSTA that UHPA has substantial interest in the case and is now a party to it.

Financial

Email from Karen White, NEA Fund

Jul 29, 2011

There is a targeted email to some 450,000 NEA members asking for a PAC contribution to assist in the recall election in Wisconsin. There are two questions which have arisen regarding this solicitation. UHPA is not listed as an affiliate of the NEA and the site does not indicate that it is secured. NEA has been contacted regarding these issues.

Legal-Judicial

Pride At Work Hawaii To Host LGBT Labor Leadership Training On Kauai

Jul 25, 2011

Pride At Work Hawaii, an affiliate of the Hawaii State AFL-CIO, is proud to present a three-hour, interactive LGBT labor leadership workshop on Kauai on Saturday, August 27, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Campus-Specific

STOP FLU AT SCHOOL

Jul 19, 2011

The Stop Flu at School program is a valuable resource to Hawaii’s parents, providing free seasonal influenza vaccine to children (Kindergarten through Eighth Grade) in participating schools. We want to make sure that parents know that the consent forms will be sent home with their child. Don't miss this opportunity. Just complete the appropriate consent form and return it to your child's teacher by September 9, 2011.

Financial

UHPA Contract: New Salary Provisions Effective July 1, 2011

Jun 29, 2011

On July 1, 2011 base salaries will be restored to December 31, 2009 levels.

Fringe Benefits

UHPA Member Benefits

Jun 29, 2011

Announcement and changes to the UHPA Discount Purchasing Program.

System Policy

UHPA Opposes the Abolishment of the Pacific Bioscience Research Center

May 20, 2011

UHPA Executive Director J. N. Musto submits testimony regarding the Pacific Biosciences Research Center that was being considered by the Regents at the UH BOR meeting on May 19, 2011. UHPA Associate Executive Director Kristeen Hanselman attended the meeting on Dr. Musto’s behalf.

Legal-Judicial

University Accused of Misleading Public on Data Breaches

May 20, 2011

UH continues to delay addressing the numerous data breaches affecting students, employees and the public. This week UH indicated it would proceed with litigation.

UHPA Organizational

UHPA Board of Directors Elect New Officers

May 09, 2011

At its meeting on Saturday, May 7th, the UHPA Board of Directors elected new officers which took effect immediately.

Financial

Profs' Pay Below Average

May 02, 2011

Honolulu Star-Advertiser article posted by Gene Park on May 1, 2011

UHPA Organizational

UHPA Board Notes for February & March 2011

Apr 27, 2011

A summary of the issues discussed by the UHPA Board of Directors at their February and March 2011 meetings. A CORRECTION HAS BEEN MADE TO THE PARAGRAPH RELATING TO THE MID-YEAR NEGOTIATIONS THAT WAS REPORTED IN THE MARCH 2011 BOARD NOTES.

Campus-Specific

Full UHPA Funding Available for Union Women Summer Institute

Apr 14, 2011

UHPA women members are invited to attend the 30th Annual Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women at the Ala Moana Hotel from June 16-20, 2011. The UHPA Board of Directors has approved full funding for ten UHPA members on a first come, first serve basis.

UHPA Organizational

"We Are One" Event - A Success

Apr 06, 2011

The MLK event was a success with 900 attending including UHPA members. (Click on the title to view some photos)

Campus-Specific

Michigan Think Tank Asks 3 Universities for Labor Professors' E-Mails

Mar 29, 2011

The move follows a similar request by the Wisconsin Republican Party to get access to e-mail from a University of Wisconsin at Madison professor. Click on the title to access the link to the Chronicle of Higher Education article. You will be asked to log in in order to view the article.

Legal-Judicial

Settlement Agreement Referenced

Mar 30, 2011

Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement referenced in Order No. 2780, Case No. CE-07-708, of the State of Hawaii, Hawaii Labor Relations Board, In the Matter of UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PROFESSIONAL ASSEMBLY. Complainant, and BOARD OF REGENTS, University of Hawaii, State of Hawaii, Respondent, the following posting has been issued: (Click on the title to view the posting)

System Policy

Revisions to Board of Regents’ Policies

Mar 09, 2011

At the initiation of Board of Regents’ Chair Howard Karr, an extensive and complete revision of the Board of Regents’ Policies (BORP) has been drafted and submitted for review and comment. The faculty senate chairs and administrators, as well as UHPA, were sent copies of the draft document. The proposals can be found at https://www.hawaii.edu/borpolicies/pdf/. UHPA has carefully reviewed the proposed changes and a response was sent to the BOR. Although the BOR and President Greenwood have characterized the changes as ministerial and “streamlining,” the draft contains a substantive shift in authority over major policy issues away from the Regents to the University President. This has been a policy effort begun by the prior two UH presidents in an effort to remove the Regents from “micro-managing” the institution. However, there are also contract implications in changing some of the policies and shifting others to Executive Policies that may not have yet been promulgated. This is pointed out in the UHPA response. (Click on title for more information.)

UHPA Organizational

Behind the Right-Wing Attacks on Collective Bargaining

Mar 04, 2011

Online piece posted by NEA Interactive Media Editor Cindy Long regarding the attack on collective bargaining.

Legal-Judicial

The Hawaii Labor Relations Board Issues a Cease and Desist Order in Union Discrimination Case

Mar 04, 2011

The Board of Regents is ordered to cease and desist from discriminating against employees for engaging in union activity.

System Policy

Your Voice is Needed in Wisconsin - Support the Right to Collective Bargaining

Feb 22, 2011

You can make your voice heard by signing a petition supporting public employees, including faculty, in Wisconsin. Wisconsin may be in the forefront but Ohio is right behind with Republican governors and legislators seeking to repeal collective bargaining for state employees. Many Wisconsin faculty are covered by collective bargaining agreements that will be canceled if the Governor of Wisconsin is successful in repealing collective bargaining.

Legal-Judicial

UHPA Wins Unprecedented Case Involving Discrimination Against UH Faculty Member for Involvement in Union Activity

Mar 01, 2011

An arbitrator recently determined UH administrators clearly discriminated against faculty member Vickery Lebbin, a librarian with Hamilton Library at UH-Manoa, by denying her a promotion for being involved with union activity. She was the only applicant out of 114 who did not receive a promotion in 2009. Retired Judge Victoria S. Marks, who served as the arbitrator, determined that discrimination had occurred in the Tenure and Promotion process.

Academic

UH Scholarship for Dependents of Members of BU 07 For 2011-2012

Feb 28, 2011

Faculty who are members of BU 07 and whose dependent children are continuing or incoming undergraduate, classified students are eligible to apply for this scholarship benefit. The maximum award is equal to one-half the cost of tuition at the campus(es) at which the student is registered or plans to register, as indicated on the scholarship application.

Legal-Judicial

UHPA's Board of Directors Respond to Data Breach

Feb 17, 2011

A letter dated February 16, 2011, was sent to UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

Legislative

John Radcliffe’s Legislative Report to UHPA Faculty Representatives

Feb 15, 2011

UHPA’s lobbyist presents an unvarnished view of the state programs and finances.

System Policy

Positions Available for Hawaii Committee and Commissions - Apply Today!

Feb 07, 2011

Governor Abercrombie is looking for qualified candidates to serve on State of Hawaii Board and Commissions. In total, there about 150+ boards and commission that have jurisdiction over a wide variety government functions, including the vocational licensing, education (UH and BOE), workforce and economic development (HTDC, WDC, etc), and other important government functions.

UHPA Organizational

January 2011 Board Notes

Jan 25, 2011

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors January 8, 2011 meeting.

Political

Governor Neil Abercrombie's State of the State Address

Jan 25, 2011

Gov. Neil Abercrombie's State of the State Address, given on January 24, 2011 in the House Chamber of the Hawaii State Capitol.

Legislative

UHPA Testimony Supports Governor’s Right to Appoint Board of Education

Jan 24, 2011

SB 8, introduced by Senator Tokuda, would ensure that the Governor appoints members of the Board of Education with the Senate’s advice and consent. UHPA believes this legislation best represents the voters’ wishes when they passed a Constitutional Amendment granting the Governor the right of appointment.

Legislative

UHPA Testimony in Support of SB 232, Relating to Civil Unions

Jan 24, 2011

UHPA has once again submitted testimony supporting legislation that will recognize civil unions within Hawaii. UHPA has bargained non-discriminatory language seeking to ensure that faculty and their families are afforded economic security without reference to sexual orientation. It is time for all citizens to be afforded equal treatment and be able to enjoy committed relationships free from discrimination.

Financial

ALERT--Kaiser Comprehensive Subscribers Only

Jan 07, 2011

Effective January 1, 2011 (pay check dated January 20, 2011), Kaiser Comprehensive subscribers will see an increase in your monthly employee contribution for the self and family premiums due to changes in the employer contribution. Self subscribers will be paying $142.72 instead of $134.78 or an increase of $7.94 per month. For family subscriber the increase will be $7.52 per month -- $441.72 instead of $434.20. There will be no change to the two-party deductions.

Political

UHPA Legislative Advisor Shares Insights on Upcoming Legislative Session

Jan 06, 2011

The lack of collaboration between the previous governor and the legislature over the past eight years made it difficult for Hawaii to move forward on important policies. Gov. Neil Abercrombie and members of the Legislature will provide a new level of cooperation to bring welcome change for our state, according to John Radcliffe, UHPA's Legislative Advisor.

UHPA Organizational

Identity Theft Coverage Available for UHPA Members

Dec 21, 2010

Are you a victim of identity theft? If so, please contact the UHPA office for assistance with starting your recovery process. We will contact ID Experts (formerly Identity Safeguards) for you and a recovery advocate will be assigned to your case. This identity theft restoration benefit is provided to you—our valued member—at no cost! No registration is required.

Legal-Judicial

Legislative Action Being Proposed and Class Action Law Suit filed over UH Data Breaches

Dec 28, 2010

With four data breaches within the University of Hawaii system over the past 18 months, there has been heightened interest in ways to protect faculty, students, alumni and others from seemingly inadequate information security policies and practices at the UH.

Financial

Want Information on the UH Budget?

Dec 15, 2010

Sign up to attend the Faculty Budget Workshop on January 7 & 8, 2011.

UHPA Organizational

November Board Notes

Dec 02, 2010

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) November 20, 2010 Board of Directors' meeting.

Legislative

Proposed Elimination of Federal Earmarks Could Adversely Impact UH Programs

Dec 02, 2010

A center for ocean science research, a program for volcano monitoring, and projects to enhance the postsecondary education for Hawaii’s students. What do all of these valuable UH programs have in common? They are being characterized in our nation’s capital as a complete waste of money and should no longer receive federal funding.

UHPA Organizational

Pride At Work Events

Dec 01, 2010

Pride at Work is sponsoring two workshops on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender workplace issues and protections. These training sessions are designed to prepare employees and union members with the necessary tools to create a workplace that is free from bias. The workshops are funded through a grant from the McElrath Fund for Economic and Social Justice.

Financial

UHPA Contract Negotiations on Salaries and Compensation Underway

Dec 01, 2010

The UHPA contract requires mid-contract negotiations on salary and compensation take place not less than 90 days previous to the 2011 legislative session. These negotiations cannot be used to reduce salaries or other compensation.

UHPA Organizational

October Board Notes

Nov 12, 2010

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) October 23, 2010 Board of Directors' meeting.

Fringe Benefits

UH FURLOUGHS ... DNA

Nov 05, 2010

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT any communications from your administration regarding UH furlough days DO NOT APPLY to you. Recent communications regarding this topic is not a reference to Bargaining Unit 07, the faculty.

Legislative

UHPA’s Campaign Approach Yields Positive Results

Nov 03, 2010

UHPA members have good reason to celebrate over last night’s General Election results. The overwhelming majority of candidates endorsed by UHPA won, and involved some hard-won battles, particularly the governor’s race and two legislative races involving incumbents Rep. Jessica Wooley and Rep. Karl Rhoads. Rep. Wooley represents Laie, Hauula, Punaluu, Kahana, Kaaawa, Waikane, Kahaluu, Ahuimanu and Kaneohe and Rep. Rhoads represents Palama, Downtown, Chinatown and Sheridan.

Academic

Save Our Schools Releases Ad that Takes on the Furlough Issue

Oct 29, 2010

Protesting the handling of furloughs and Lt Governor Aiona’s failure to talk with parents, SOS releases an ad designed to be shared with friends and family through email. Pass it on.

Political

Mufi Hannemann TV Spot ” Vote for Abercrombie”

Oct 27, 2010

Former Mayor Mufi Hannemann is featured in a campaign message encouraging voters to cast their vote for Neil Abercrombie. The ad is paid for by the Carpenters Union.

System Policy

Who is UHPA Endorsing in the General Election?

Oct 15, 2010

Every race and every vote is critical to gain a strong voice in shaping policy affecting public higher education, University of Hawai`i programs and the status of faculty. Find out who UHPA is endorsing in the general election to help in your voting decisions.

Political

New UHPA TV Ad Supporting Abercrombie for Governor Starts Today!

Oct 15, 2010

The ad features faculty member Glenn Teves, UHPA member with the College of Tropical Agriculture, UH Manoa; Dr. Josh Green, State Senator and Physician of the Year and Don Minatoya, an IBEW member and retired construction worker. Listen for the radio spot too running on many stations!

Academic

Educator Unity Rally to Support the Abercrombie for Governor Campaign

Oct 08, 2010

The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) is having a unity rally to support the Abercrombie for Governor Campaign. UHPA is supporting this activity. Any faculty member may use the bus transportation provided by HSTA to participate in this event. Please be sure to reserve your seat.

UHPA Organizational

1000 Women Sign Waving for Abercrombie

Oct 22, 2010

On October 27th women all over Hawaii will be sign waving from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. On Oahu women will be sign waving downtown on King and Bishop Streets. (Click on the title for more information.)

UHPA Organizational

September Board Notes

Oct 15, 2010

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' September 25, 2010 meeting.

Political

Volunteer for East Honolulu Activities with the Abercrombie for Governor Campaign

Sep 28, 2010

Faculty members and their families and friends can be a part of the campaign by volunteering to sign wave, canvass, or participate in other election efforts by contacting the Voluntary Coordinator Terry Lau (terrywtlau@gmail.com). Thanks for participating!

System Policy

A Get Out the Vote (Use your Vote! Use your Voice!) Rally

Oct 19, 2010

UHPA is co-sponsoring a "Get Out the Vote!" Rally on Tuesday, October 26th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at UH-Manoa on the lawn of Hawaii Hall (Varney Circle side).

Academic

Neil Abercrombie: On the Importance of Public Education

Oct 20, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. at UH Manoa, Campus Center Ballroom. Light refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by Students for Abercrombie.

Political

Abercrombie for Governor Important Work!

Oct 15, 2010

Sign up to canvass this Saturday and Sunday, October 16 & 17. Motivate voters to make the right decision. (Click on the title for more information.)

UHPA Organizational

UH Wahine Volleyball - October 15 and 17 - Sign Waving on Dole Street

Oct 15, 2010

The Abercrombie for Governor Campaign needs sign wavers an hour before game time on Dole Street above the parking structure. Be there at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 15 and at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 17. Signs will be available at the site.

Political

Be Engaged in Abercrombie for Governor Activities

Oct 08, 2010

Please join other unions and organizations with sign holding in downtown Honolulu. (Click on the title to view dates, times & locations.)

Financial

Lump Sum Payment is Creditable for ERS...

Sep 27, 2010

President Greenwood's September 17, 2010 letter misleads faculty members and has caused confusion re salary reduction recovery issues and impact upon high three salary calculations. J.N Musto, UHPA Chief Negotiator responds.

UHPA Organizational

August Board Notes

Sep 15, 2010

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly's August 28, 2010 Board of Directors' meeting.

Political

Come Join Abercrombie on Primary Election Night

Sep 14, 2010

After voting for Neil, join him on Saturday night.

UHPA Organizational

UHPA Sponsors Get Out To Vote Bus

Sep 13, 2010

UHPA has chartered a bus from UH-Manoa to Honolulu Hale on September 15th and 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for early walk-in voting for UH students and employees.

System Policy

Local 5 Seeks Your Support

Sep 07, 2010

The hotel workers are once again facing an extraordinary set of contract negotiations with the hotels in Waikiki. By and large, these hotels are run by large companies around the world. You can all help in this battle for fairness and equity for some of the hardest working people in these islands.

System Policy

HSTA Overwhelmingly Endorsed Abercrombie

Aug 27, 2010

August 26th Letter from HSTA President Wil Okabe

Campus-Specific

Radio Campaign

Aug 26, 2010

Click on the title to access the link for the radio spot.

UHPA Organizational

Union Support -- Canvassing

Aug 24, 2010

Union support is requested for mass canvassing for Abercrombie. Click on the title to view the schedule.

Political

UHPA Produces Second TV Spot

Aug 24, 2010

Click on the title for more details.

Campus-Specific

UHPA Launches TV & Radio Campaign

Aug 13, 2010

Click on the title for more details.

Campus-Specific

Update on Employer-Union Trust Fund (EUTF)

Jul 23, 2010

UPDATE ON EUTF: Open Enrollment? Premium Rate Increases? Benefit Plan Changes? Adoption Of New Federal Mandates For Dependent Children Under Age 26?

Political

UHPA Volunteers Needed for the Abercrombie Campaign

Jul 08, 2010

Phone Banking - Every Tuesday Night - 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Abercrombie Headquarters, Ward Warehouse. Just show up and there will be phone activities.

UHPA Organizational

June Board Notes

Jul 02, 2010

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly's June 5, 2010 Board of Directors' meeting.

Campus-Specific

Important Manoa Faculty Alert - time sensitive!

Jul 01, 2010

Criteria for tenure/promotion may change at Manoa Campus!

Financial

Reminder Payroll Lag begins July 1

Jun 18, 2010

The June 30th check will come on July 1st. The July 15th check will then come a day later on July 16th. This lag will continue in following months until your paychecks are sent on the 5th and 20th of each month.

Financial

403(b) TDA and 457 Island Savings Plan - Informational Session

May 25, 2010

The Office of Human Resources is providing an informational session for those interested to learn more about the UH 403(b) Tax Deferred Annuity and the State's 457 Island Savings program to help augment your retirement savings and benefits. This session will provide general information about the plans, its benefits, highlights of the recent 403(b) revisions of the IRS regulations, etc., and include an open forum to answer questions from attendees. This session will be broadcasted via HITS to various campuses on Thursday, July 8, 2010 from 9:00 am to 11:15 am.

Campus-Specific

Free Homebuyer & Homeowner Fair

Jun 14, 2010

Interested in purchasing or owning a home? A free workshop will be held at Kapolei Hale on Saturday, June 19, 2010 and will cover a number of issues for first time home buyers.

Financial

ERS Hybrid Plan Upgrade Program

May 27, 2010

The following message applies only to employees eligible for the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) Hybrid Plan Upgrade Program. The Upgrade Program provides eligible employees a one-time opportunity to enhance their monthly pension from the ERS.

Campus-Specific

Kapiolani Community College Teaching Equivalencies

May 25, 2010

Inquiries from Kapiolani Community College faculty has prompted J.N. Musto to send a letter to Chancellor Richards.

Legislative

Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans (HARA) Legislative Review

May 24, 2010

The Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans (HARA) and Kokua Council will jointly host the fourth annual Legislative Review, affectionately known as "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," on Thursday, May 27, at the Hawaii State Capitol, Room 325, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to attend this free forum. Call 597-8838 to confirm attendance. A continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided.

Legal-Judicial

Hawaii Labor Relations Board Rules that UH Committed Prohibited Practice in Grievance Processing

May 20, 2010

On May 10, 2010 the HLRB ruled that UH had failed to discuss methods for the union to receive information in the investigation of a grievance that alleges a promotion denial was the result of discrimination for union activity. UH has been ordered to negotiate with UHPA over the methods to be employed in obtaining the necessary information to proceed to grievance arbitration.

Campus-Specific

University of Hawaii Personnel Actions

May 17, 2010

The Board of Regents will approve the following changes in administrators to take effect on July 1, 2010:

Legislative

Action Needed!

May 13, 2010

Contact Senator Dan Inouye today to request that he support S3206 to keep our educators working.

UHPA Organizational

April 2010 Board Notes

May 13, 2010

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly Board of Directors' April 23, 2010 meeting.

Legal-Judicial

Faculty Members Asked to Consider Organ and Bone Marrow Donations

May 05, 2010

A Hawaii 2005 law encourages state employees to help the Kidney Foundation save lives.

Campus-Specific

2010 Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW)

May 04, 2010

Women from unions across the western U.S. and Canada have an opportunity to meet, sharing ideas, strategies, information, building solidarity, learning new skills, and enriching their work by meeting with other women from a wide range of unions and professions. Labor Education Centers have hosted the SIUW and this year will be the 29th conference, which will be held at Reed College in Portland, Oregon from July 6-10, 2010.

Academic

Joint Admin/UHPA Contract Committee on Teaching Equivalencies

Apr 30, 2010

Pursuant to the provisions of the new contract, a joint committee has been charged to reviewing and recommending changes to the CCCM #2250 that had established teaching equivalencies for contact hour based instruction and non-instructional activities.

Legislative

UHPA Strongly Urges Governor Lingle to Not Veto HB 444, HD1, SD1

Apr 30, 2010

UHPA has strongly urged Governor Linda Lingle to not veto House Bill 444, H.D.1, S.D.1 regarding civil unions. We encourage all members of the faculty and the community–at–large to join us in urging the Governor to allow this measure to become law in the name of equal justice and civil rights.

UHPA Organizational

2010 UHPA Officers & Executive Committee Members Elected

Apr 29, 2010

At its meeting on April 23, 2010, UHPA Board of Directors conducted its annual election of officers and Executive Committee members. Active members were notified of the results by email.

UHPA Organizational

UHPA Board Election Results

Apr 29, 2010

Active members for Hawaii CC, Kauai CC, UH-Hilo, and UH-Manoa participated in a Board of Directors election for their campuses. The results of that election follows.

UHPA Organizational

March 2010 Board Notes

Apr 29, 2010

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly Board of Directors' March 6, 2010 meeting.

Fringe Benefits

Great Opportunity for Lecturers

Apr 08, 2010

Lecturers in Bargaining Unit 7 are eligible to apply for an UHPA grant to attend the 22nd Annual Hawaii National Great Teachers Seminar scheduled for August 8 to 13, 2010 at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

UHPA Organizational

UHPA Deadlines and Events Reminder

Apr 14, 2010

In the past few weeks, UHPA members have received several communications from UHPA regarding the nominations and elections of Board of Directors, Faculty Representatives, Delegates to the National Education Association Representative Assembly meeting, UHPA’s Annual Membership meeting, and the Hawaii Great Teachers Seminar. The following is a reminder of the various events and deadline dates.

Financial

Pre-Tax Transportation Benefits Program

Apr 12, 2010

Please be aware of upcoming deadlines.

Academic

2010-2013 UH Academic Calendar

Mar 03, 2010

After discussion and consultation with the appropriate system-wide groups, HGEA and UHPA, the academic calendar for all UH campuses for the period of Fall 2010 through Summer 2013 is approved.

Legal-Judicial

Proposed Budget Cuts to UH Fails in House Finance Committee

Mar 31, 2010

SB 2695 SD1 HD1 which would have cut the University of Hawaii another $59 million did not survive the House Finance committee. There were numerous people testifying in opposition to these cuts. Those testifying included UHPA President Duane Stevens, UH President M.R.C Greenwood, UH Board of Regents, business leaders and students.

Political

News Release - March 29, 2010

Mar 29, 2010

University of Hawaii Professional Assembly: Legislators’ Attack on UH Budget Shows Disrespect for Local Students

System Policy

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: EUTF Reform Legislation Needs Testimony - Hearing March 29, 5:00 pm, House Finance Committee

Mar 25, 2010

SB 2849 SD2 is legislation that reforms the governance structure of the Employer Union Trust Fund and will insure that the interests of beneficiaries are placed ahead of the state’s interests. It is essential to fixing a system that no longer works and continues to place the burden on employees to fund their own health care.

UHPA Organizational

Administrative Leave Spring Recess 2010

Mar 05, 2010

It has come to the attention of UHPA that misinformation is still being conveyed regarding administrative leave during the four days preceding Kuhio Day as provided by the recently ratified contract and signed collective bargaining agreement.

System Policy

Legislative Alert: Sign Up for March 23 Member Lobby Effort on GET

Mar 19, 2010

On March 23, 2010 a joint lobby effort is being organized to obtain legislator support for a temporary 1% increase in the general excise tax. This 1% increase is expected to cover nearly half of the projected state budget shortfall through 2011. This activity is being supported by the labor community and PHOCUSED that represents many social service non-profits.

Legal-Judicial

Let’s End the Vicious Cycle

Mar 19, 2010

Support a Temporary Modest GET Increase. (Click on the title for more information.)

System Policy

PHOCUSED Leads Petition Drive for GET

Mar 18, 2010

PHOCUSED, an advocacy group for nonprofit organizations that assist the elderly, disabled, and children, is asking citizens to petition legislators to support a modest 1% increase in the GET. This effort is supported by many organizations including HGEA, UPW and UHPA along with the Interfaith Alliance, Lanakila Meals on Wheels and ILWU. These petitions will be delivered next week to the legislature.

Legislative

UHPA Legislative Update: EUTF, GET and UH Funding Reduction

Mar 18, 2010

There remain in the 2010 legislative session two areas of proposed legislation that will significantly improve faculty members’ health care and state revenue collections if passed by the legislature.

UHPA Organizational

Clean Energy Discussion at Abercrombie for Governor HQ

Mar 18, 2010

This event will be held on Monday, March 22, 2010, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Abercrombie for Governor Headquarters (Ward Warehouse, 2nd Floor, next door to Kincaid's). Attendance is free of charge.

Political

University of Hawaii Professional Assembly Endorses Abercrombie for Governor

Mar 09, 2010

On Saturday, March 7th, the UHPA Board of Directors voted to endorse Congressman Neil Abercrombie for Governor of Hawaii. The Board’s decision came as a result of both an interview with the candidate and a membership survey indicating strong approval for Congressman Abercrombie among UHPA members.

Campus-Specific

Meetings re Impact of 2009-2015 Contract Settlement on Faculty Retirement

Feb 26, 2010

UHPA Executive Director J. N. Musto and Robert W. Borek, Certified Financial Planner from Pacific Wealth Management, LLC, will be doing a presentation for faculty members who may be anticipating retirement or would like more information. Noted below is the schedule of meeting times and places. Faculty unable to attend the meeting(s) scheduled for their campus may attend any of the other scheduled meetings.

Campus-Specific

UH Bus Pass Program

Mar 03, 2010

Employees wishing to cancel the May 2010 bus pass must submit the cancellation form to the personnel representative by March 23, 2010. The deadline for employees wishing to cancel the June 2010 bus pass is April 22, 2010. Personnel representatives are able to enter the May cancellations and enrollments in the on-line processing system between March 1, 2010 and March 24, 2010. The June cancellations and enrollments may be entered beginning April 1, 2010 and ending April 23, 2010.

Financial

Forum on Tax Alternatives - March 10th at 10:00 am - Capital Auditorium

Mar 09, 2010

Sponsored by the non-profit community and labor this forum will present the views of Hawaii economists on adjusting taxes to meet the severe revenue problems of the state. Featured speakers include UH Manoa faculty, Dr. Gerard Russo and Dr. Byron Gangnes, as well as, Researcher William Boyd of UH West Oahu.

Financial

Restoring Funds for the UH: New TV Spot Makes Strong Connection Between UH Faculty and Benefits for the Community

Feb 19, 2010

Restoration of general funds set aside for the UH continues to be an important message in these fiscally challenging times. There are many voices and interests vying for limited resources during this legislative session, and UHPA presents a strong case to make UH funding a top priority by showing the direct link between research conducted by UH faculty and the benefits to families and businesses statewide.

Legislative

The Hawaii Legislative Tracker

Feb 05, 2010

A link to track House & Senate bills is available for use by UHPA members.

Political

New TV Spot Airs Over Next Two Weeks

Feb 12, 2010

UHPA has produced another new TV spot featuring Kumu Kealalōkahi Losch, Assistant Professor of Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Studies at Kapi`olani Community College. Shot on location at the Māunuunu student garden at KCC, the commercial captures a class in progress, while reinforcing the contributions of UH faculty to the community, including the preservation and perpetuation of Hawaiian culture and values for the next generation.

System Policy

The UHPA Board of Directors Ask House of Representatives to Vote on HB 444

Feb 12, 2010

The UHPA Board of Directors, in a strongly worded letter to House Majority Leader Say, expressed their displeasure with the handling of HB 444 Relating to Civil Unions. The use of a closed meeting to avoid transparency in decision making plus creating an artificial barrier to avoid taking a public vote rewards those who preach intolerance. The Board of Directors, in support of the passage of HB 444 ,urged the House of Representatives to bring HB 444 forward for a vote this session.

Campus-Specific

EUTF Open Enrollment Information

Feb 02, 2010

Some state and county employees have recently received "welcoming letters" and new membership cards from the EUTF health benefit carriers. If you feel the information you received is incorrect, please see your Departmental Personnel Officer (DPO) for assistance.

Political

UHPA to Air New TV Spots

Jan 25, 2010

UHPA will begin airing two new TV commercials that are designed to focus attention on the need for State funding for public higher education and the important contributions of UH faculty in our state.

Campus-Specific

Unions Take Legislative Action in House & Senate to Change Health Fund for Public Employees

Jan 28, 2010

Proposed legislation to substantially reform the Employer Union Trust Fund (EUTF) has been introduced by Senator Dwight Takemine and Representative Roy Takumi. Supported by the legislation is the result of a joint effort by UHPA, HGEA, UPW, SHOPO, and Firefighters, designed to repair major problems in the operation of the EUTF and expand the rights of the public sector unions to bargain the health care benefits, premiums, and carriers, in addition to establishing the public employers’ contributions to the insurance selected by each public employee.

UHPA Organizational

UHPA Ratification Voting - If You Haven't Voted Already, Please Vote Now

Jan 20, 2010

Bargaining Unit 07 members are able to cast their vote electronically on a password secured site up until 12:01 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2010. Whether you support the tentative agreement or want it rejected, the best interests of the faculty-at-large are served through a high voter turnout.

System Policy

UHPA and UH Administration Reach Tentative Agreement

Jan 25, 2010

Click on the title if you would like to view the Tentative Agreement.

UHPA Organizational

Press Release Regarding TRO - January 15, 2010

Jan 15, 2010

It is extraordinary that thus far the Circuit Court has not responded to the motion made by UHPA for a Temporary Restraining Order that would have prevented the unilateral 6.667% reduction in the paychecks received by faculty members today.

Fringe Benefits

NEA Haiti Earthquake Recovery

Jan 15, 2010

We have all been moved these past few days with images and news of the great devastation of Haiti due to the earthquake. News is still being gathered regarding the situation of the Education International affiliate, Confédération Nationale des Éducateurs d’Haïti (CNEH), its leaders and members. We await word from CNEH’s Jean Lavaud, René Jolibois, and Magalie Dubois, as well as others who make up the CNEH education union family.

UHPA Organizational

COME MARCH WITH UHPA! Monday, January 18, 2010, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Rally

Jan 13, 2010

All UHPA members and guests are encouraged to participate. The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. from Magic Island, Ala Moana Park and will take approximately 90 minutes to walk to Kapiolani Park via Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Ulumau parking lot next to the canoe storage area at the Magic Island end of Ala Moana Park. Assemble and sign in at the UHPA banner. Wear UHPA shirt and/or hat, comfortable shoes and sunscreen and bring water. Stay for the unity rally, entertainment, food booths, community booths, and children's playground at Kapiolani Park Bandstand.

UHPA Organizational

NEWS RELEASE -- January 7, 2010

Jan 07, 2010

UHPA files motion for temporary restraining order with First Circuit Court to stop UH President M.R.C. Greenwood’s unilateral imposition of faculty salary reductions. UHPA also requests court to demand arbitration and to confirm existing contract remains in effect.

Legislative

California Governor Proposes Amending Constitution to Bolster Higher Education

Jan 07, 2010

The plan would require the state to spend more money on higher education than it does on prisons.

UHPA Organizational

NEWS RELEASE -- January 6, 2010

Jan 06, 2010

UHPA requests contract negotiations resume under the auspices of the Federal Mediator with personal participation by UH President M.R.C. Greenwood

UHPA Organizational

NEWS RELEASE -- January 4, 2010

Jan 04, 2010

UHPA files class grievance with UH President M.R.C. Greenwood. UHPA cites breach of contract, demands Greenwood retract letter to faculty that unilaterally imposes “Last, Best, Final Offer” by 4 p.m. tomorrow. UHPA demands Greenwood stop implementation of proposed contract changes until arbitration decision.

System Policy

The Meaning of Collective Bargaining; Hawaii's Constitution

Jan 04, 2010

An open letter to all faculty.

Legal-Judicial

UHPA Responds to Salary Reductions

Dec 28, 2009

Today’s action is without precedent in the history of the State of Hawaii. Never has the State repudiated a collective bargaining agreement that they signed and attempted to nullify its provisions. In July 2009, Arbitrator Mario Ramil made it clear in a final, binding decision that the current contract remains in full force and effect until a new contract is in place.

System Policy

UHPA Response to President MRC Greenwood’s December 21st Letter

Dec 22, 2009

UHPA issued the following press release after being informed by UHPA members and the press of the content of an email message sent from President Greenwood. UHPA will immediately respond in state or federal courts should President Greenwood unilaterally implement a salary reduction. UHPA will keep you informed of any developments. (Click on the title for more information.)

Political

2010 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Event Scheduled for January 18th

Dec 21, 2009

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition-Hawai`i (MLK) is again honored to extend our invitation to the community and its many organizations and individuals to participate in the 22nd Annual MLK Celebration Parade & Rally on Monday, January 18, 2010. All are invited to participate in the numerous other related events on and about this date. Our 2010 theme is another of Dr. King's profound statements: "We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."

System Policy

EUTF Dependents Information Correct Secovia Fax Number

Dec 14, 2009

Faculty members who are faxing information regarding the Secovia documentation should fax it to 1-866-826-6719. They can be contacted at 1-888-541-8094.

Campus-Specific

Emergency Evacuation of Gartley Hall

Nov 23, 2009

In late September, faculty and students of the Department of Psychology at UH-Manoa were notified that they needed to immediately evacuate Gartley Hall as conditions had worsened and the structure was nearing collapse. The 88-year old building had suffered damage from a recent flood and the upper floors were being held up by posts. As noted by Professor Maynard in her letter dated November 17, "it is a tragedy that a great building like Gartley Hall was allowed to deteriorate to the point that it became unusable." UH-Manoa still has about $268 million in repair and maintenance projects.

Political

"If Republicans Weren't A Dying Species, Would They Make Good Pets?"

Nov 23, 2009

Above is the title of a speech that was presented at the Smart Business Hawaii (SBH) meeting on November 19, 2009 by former UHPA Associate Executive Director John Radcliffe. John was the Executive Director of the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), a Democratic Party primary candidate for the 1st Congresstional District in the 1988 election, and is now a principle in the Capital Consultant lobbying firm. John is known for his candor and wit. Those in attendance, including SBH Executive Director (Republican Senator) Sam Slom, and Republican Houe members Barbara Marumoto and Gene Ward were taken by John's candid views, but they did not protest too loudly their disagreement.

Campus-Specific

November 29th Benefit to Support the Honolulu Symphony Musicians

Nov 19, 2009

Chamber Music Hawaii and the Musicians of the Honolulu Symphony are proud to present acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O’Riley, who will perform a benefit recital on behalf of the Honolulu Symphony musicians at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 29, 2009, in UH-Manoa’s Orvis Auditorium.

System Policy

HGEA, UHPA, and UPW Call for Delay in EUTF Open Enrollment

Nov 13, 2009

Randy Perreira, J. N. Musto, and Dayton Nakanelua have signed a joint letter to the Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF).

System Policy

EUTF CHANGES HMSA BENEFIT LEVELS: OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS NOVEMBER 30TH

Nov 06, 2009

What does this mean? Click on the title to get more information.

Political

Faculty Representatives Attend Briefing on Status of Negotiations

Nov 05, 2009

The Annual Fall Faculty Representative Forum was held on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the Dole Cannery Ballrooms.

Academic

UH CC Faculty Senate Chairs Address President M.R.C. Greenwood

Oct 29, 2009

Faculty Senate Chairs, representing six of the seven community college campuses, share their concerns about the direction of higher education in Hawaii, the role of the UH BOR and administration, and the need to address student needs for quality education. At the time of this posting the Faculty Senate at Honolulu CC was still deliberating whether to concur.

Legislative

Why Faculties Shouldn't 'Give Back' During Negotiations

Oct 27, 2009

October 27, 2009 Issue - Chronicle of Higher Education

Campus-Specific

Hawaii Public Radio Needs Our Help

Oct 20, 2009

This year UHPA resumed its long standing financial support for HPR. UHPA was one of the original sponsors of HPR thirty years because of the unique source of programming it brought to these islands. We know that a large portion of our membership is dedicated to the concept and reality of public radio as avid listeners. We now need to show our support during this current pledge. Our financial support of HPR is a visible expression of our commitment to the community-at-large, and these are difficult times for many in the community to continue their contributions. Let us stand up, collectively, help bridge the gap so that HPR can continue.

UHPA Organizational

An Insightful Response to Lee Cataluna's Column

Oct 19, 2009

Click on the title to view Assistant Professor Ho'omanawanui's letter.

System Policy

Open Letter of Solidarity with UH Faculty by Graduate Students

Oct 19, 2009

Graduate students and graduate student alumni at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, write to express their solidarity with the UH faculty who voted to protect affordable, public higher education in Hawai'i. By voting to reject the university's Last Best Final Offer, the UH faculty clearly demonstrated their commitment to UH students and quality public education.

Financial

Just the Facts about Tuition Increases

Oct 16, 2009

Click on the title for details.

Legislative

UHPA and HGEA Negotiations Updates

Oct 15, 2009

On October 14, the UHPA Collective Bargaining Committee met with the UH administration under the auspices of the Federal Mediator.

Academic

Faculty and Students Tell BOR “You Need to Listen!”

Oct 15, 2009

On October 15th, a number of student and faculty spoke eloquently about the impact on student learning and need to keep good faculty at UH. A message to the BOR that “you do not have your hand on the pulse” of students or faculty was sent with a request that the BOR do three things: In November, significant time should be set aside to listen to the UH community; the BOR should declare there will be no retrenchment; and the BOR and administration should lobby with faculty and students to restore UH funding to 07-08 levels. Click on the title to see UH Manoa Professor Jonathan Osorio’s remarks to the BOR.

Campus-Specific

Gartley Hall Closure Means Manoa Psychology Department Need a Facility

Oct 15, 2009

Professor Ashley E Maynard, chair of the UH Manoa Psychology Department requested that the BOR address the immediate need for faculty and students to be housed together in a safe place to continue the departments work. The Psychology department is the largest single major at UH Manoa and provides clinical consultation to a large number of citizens. These efforts were disrupted when Gartley Hall was closed due to a potential collapse of the structure. Click on the title to access the link to the BOR request.

System Policy

Faculty Respond to Honolulu Advertiser Columnist Lee Cataluna

Oct 15, 2009

Some faculty are angered by Cataluna's column posted on October 13th. Click on the title to view the column and several faculty responses.

Campus-Specific

Response to UH President M.R.C. Greenwood's October 8th Letter

Oct 15, 2009

A number of faculty and students wrote to the UH President expressing their disappointment in the tone and substance of the email sent as a response to the faculties overwhelming rejection of the employers last, best, final offer.

System Policy

Opinion Piece by UHPA President Duane Stevens in Advertiser (10/12/09)

Oct 12, 2009

State must support its world-class university. Years of faculty work to raise UH's profile could be lost forever. The economy does not appear to be improving soon and fingers may now be pointing at University of Hawaii faculty with the questions: Why didn't you accept the UH administration's last best final offer? Since Gov. Linda Lingle and the UH administration aren't budging, why not take the high road and move forward for the sake of higher education? (Click on the title to view the entire opinion piece or to access the link to the Advertiser Commentary.)

Campus-Specific

TV Campaign Begins on October 12th

Oct 09, 2009

Your comments were much appreciated. UHPA has an improved TV spot for local newscasts and other shows with high viewership on KGMB, KHON and KITV. (Click on the title to access the link to the commercial.)

UHPA Organizational

Faculty Vote Overwhelming Against Accepting the UH Administration's "Final" Contract Offer

Oct 07, 2009

UHPA members voted 1,968 (86.2%) to 315 (13.8%) to reject the employer’s "Last, Best, Final Offer". This vote is an absolute majority of bargaining unit 7. A total of 3,000 UHPA members of the total 3,700 faculty in bargaining unit 7 were eligible to vote. UHPA is contacting the Federal mediator to request negotiations be resumed with the UH administration. The UHPA Collective Bargaining Committee is meeting today, October 8, to discuss contract counter proposals that would be more acceptable to the faculty while responding to the financial crisis that the Governor has placed on the university. The current contract remains in effect. (Click on the title of the news item to access the link to the YouTube video.)

Fringe Benefits

Important Information Regarding EUTF Dependent Eligibility

Oct 06, 2009

Please carefully read the EUTF Request for Information on Dependents.

Political

A Response to Professor Dan Boylan's Midweek Article

Oct 06, 2009

"UH Profs Need a Lesson in Humility," written by Dan Boylan, a Professor at UH-West Oahu, was featured in the September 30, 2009 Midweek.

Fringe Benefits

ERS Conversion Process

Oct 07, 2009

In the March 2009 issue of “Holomua,” the State Employees’ Retirement System’s (ERS) newsletter for active public employees, the eligibility requirements to participate in the conversion from the Non-contributory Plan service to the Hybrid Plan service are indicated. It is reported that a consultant would assist the ERS with the conversion project. For your information, the September 2008 report on the Discussion of Alternatives for Factors to Convert Class C Service to Class H Service by Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company, consultants and actuaries for the ERS, is attached. Additionally included is the ERS Hybrid Service Conversion Tables.

System Policy

UHPA Members - Remember to Vote by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 7

Oct 02, 2009

If you have not cast your ballot on the employers “Last Best Final Offer” it must be done by 11:59 p.m. tonight. If you have not received a ballot or have problems voting, please contact UHPA at 593-2157. Results of this important vote will be published on our website on October 8th. Click on the title of the news item to view an IMPORTANT NOTE.

System Policy

Locate Your Ballot

Oct 07, 2009

Your secured ballot is found under the subject “UHPA Voting and Ballot Information.” It was sent from "Rovena Varde". If you provided UHPA with a private email address the ballot info was sent there. Otherwise, faculty who had not provided a private email address should have received the ballot info at their hawaii.edu address. If you do not see it in your inbox folder, you may need to check your spam/junk email folder. Still having problems locating the ballot? Call UHPA before 5:00 pm at (808)593-2157.

Campus-Specific

Save Hawaii's University

Sep 23, 2009

Plan to attend the faculty & student Teach In at UH-Manoa on Wednesday, October 7th, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on the lawn outside of Hawaii Hall (across of Varney Circle).

UHPA Organizational

September 2009 Board Notes

Oct 02, 2009

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' September 26, 2009 meeting.

System Policy

UHPA Files Class Grievance

Sep 02, 2009

A class grievance was filed on behalf of all members of Bargaining Unit 7 regarding the Interpretation and Application of Article XXII-E of the 2003-2009 Agreement between the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly and the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii.

Political

UHPA ED Urges Regents to Stand Up to Governor & Legislature

Aug 27, 2009

UHPA Executive Director J.N. Musto calls on UH Board of Regents to demand that legislators provide the revenue that supports increased enrollments and research & training that is bringing historic levels of funding to the state.

Financial

Balancing the State's Budget Requires a Prudent, Collaborative Approach

Aug 17, 2009

By Randy Perreira, executive director of Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA); J.N. Musto, Ph.D., executive director and chief negotiator of University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA); Dayton Nakanelua, state director, United Public Workers (UPW); Dwight Takeno, interim executive director, Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA); and Wil Okabe, president, Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA).

UHPA Organizational

Labor Day Unity Picnic

Aug 13, 2009

This event is being held on Monday, September 7, 2009 at the Waikiki Shell from 12 noon - 6:00 p.m. in honor and support of Hawaii's local unions & public state and county workers.

Political

BOR Grants Tenure to Greenwood; Musto Testifies That Office of President Should Not Come with Academic Tenure

Jul 23, 2009

The Board of Regents has listed on its agenda that it will consider, and no doubt approve, granting tenure to the President Designate M.R.C. Greenwood in the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

UHPA Organizational

Pilialoha Lee Loy Nominated Again as ERS Teacher Trustee!

Jul 22, 2009

At its meeting on June 24, the UHPA Executive Committee unanimously voted to nominate and endorse Pilialoha Lee Loy for another term as the Employees' Retirement System's Teacher Trustee. Pilialoha Lee Loy is a teacher at Aliamanu Middle School. When she initially ran for the ERS Trustee seat in 1991 and subsequently thereafter, UHPA endorsed her each time. She has been a supporter, a friend, and an advocate for educators and has put the needs of all public employees as her main priority. The ERS Trustee election will be conducted this fall. Please be sure to vote.

Fringe Benefits

UHPA URGES EUTF TO CHANGE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM

Jul 16, 2009

On Wednesday, July 15th, UHPA Executive Director J. N. Musto made a formal presentation to the Trustees of the public employees’ health fund trust urging them to change the contract with InformedRx that requires all “maintenance drugs” to be purchased through a Florida based mail order house.

Financial

NEA's Strong Opposition to the Taxation of Health Care Benefits

Jul 10, 2009

This is a brief update on the health care reform debate, currently on the front burner in Congress.

Campus-Specific

New UH President Will Attend July BOR Meeting

Jul 07, 2009

The new UH President, M. R. C. Greenwood, will be attending the July 23rd Board of Regents meeting. Her first day as President will be August 20, 2009. From August 1st through August 20th Vice-President Linda Johnsrud will be appointed as Interim President.

Political

AFL-CIO Endorses Nathaniel Kinney for Honolulu City Council District 5

Jul 16, 2009

UHPA members located in District 5 will be receiving a postcard supporting the election of Nathaniel Kinney. Kinney is a labor attorney representing the Painters Union, an AFL-CIO affiliate. He has significant knowledge regarding collective bargaining and the current battles that the public sector unions are facing. District 5 encompasses Manoa with a candidate field of 14.

UHPA Organizational

June 2009 Board Notes

Jul 06, 2009

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' June 6, 2009 meeting. (No meeting in May.)

Campus-Specific

UHPA Seeks Contract Extension

Jul 01, 2009

The University of Hawaii has denied the UHPA grievance seeking the continual of the collective bargaining agreement as provided in Article XXX, Duration. The contract shall “remain in effect to and including June 30, 2009.

UHPA Organizational

UNITED WE STAND—UHPA’S VOICE IS HEARD

Jul 01, 2009

UHPA faculty joined with thousands of other state employees to demand they be treated fairly and with respect. The message sent to the Governor and Legislature is that both have a responsibility to ensure that the burden of Hawaii’s fiscal crisis is not borne by employees.

Fringe Benefits

2009 Social Security & Medicare Fact Sheet

Jul 01, 2009

A summary of benefits under the Social Security and Medicare program.

UHPA Organizational

April 2009 BOARD NOTES

Jun 22, 2009

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' April 25, 2009 meeting.

Campus-Specific

Attention: UH-Manoa Faculty

Jun 19, 2009

Have You Been Non-Renewed Due to Budget Cuts? If so, click on the title to read more.

System Policy

Simple-minded Solutions

Jun 09, 2009

An editorial comment that appeared in The Maui News written by Vincent Linares, UHPA Board of Director.

Political

Action Alert!

Jun 22, 2009

Labor’s UNITY RALLY scheduled for June 30th on Oahu and the Big Island. Click on the title for more information and for parking and shuttle service on Oahu.

Academic

Regents Should Assert Autonomy in Response to Governor

Jun 06, 2009

UHPA Executive Director and Chief Negotiator, J. N. Musto, presented testimony to the UH Board of Regents on May 20, 2009.

Fringe Benefits

Health Insurance Rates Increase July 1, 2009

May 08, 2009

Although the Governor still is not giving her approval to the employer trustees of the EUTF to finalize the benefit levels for the various health insurance programs, they did agree with the union trustees to approve interim rates.

Campus-Specific

Voting for the Neighborhood Boards is Underway

May 11, 2009

Cast your ballot on the internet or over the telephone through May 22nd.

Campus-Specific

Statement on Workplace Nonviolence on UH Campuses by President David McClain

May 04, 2009

The University of Hawai'i’s commitment to workplace non-violence and the disclosure of information related to workplace violence incidents

Legislative

Legislation Update

May 04, 2009

HB 1550 CD1 passed which provides that purchase of retirement credit in the hybrid plan from a 403(b) is subject to income tax. The effective date is July 1, 2009. HB1536 CD1 requires a 5% reduction in pay for state executives and legislators effective only for the biennium. Salaries shall be restored July 1, 2011. The effective date is July 1, 2009.

Campus-Specific

April/May Schedule of Campus Meetings: Update on Bargaining

Apr 02, 2009

These meetings are a continuation of conversations with J. N. Musto, Chief Negotiator, and members of the Collective Bargaining Committee describing the status of negotiations between the State of Hawaii and the UH BOR with the UHPA. An update on the current legislative budget and appropriation bills will also be presented.

Legislative

Legislative Alert SB971 SD2 HD1

Apr 24, 2009

This bill is in conference committee scheduled for April 24. It is unlikely there will be resolution on this issue.

Financial

HB1550 HD2 SD1 Imposes State Income Tax on Rollovers Made by State Employees

Apr 20, 2009

The proposed legislation would tax funds rolled from a 403(b) or 457 government retirement plan when used to purchase credits in the State's hybrid plan.

UHPA Organizational

March 2009 Board Notes

Mar 31, 2009

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly Board of Directors' March 14, 2009 meeting.

Political

An Open Letter to Faculty on Status of Negotiations

Mar 27, 2009

Click on the title to view the letter from UHPA Executive Director J. N. Musto.

Faculty Pay Equity Study

Mar 13, 2009

In 2006 UHPA and UH jointly funded a systemwide study of faculty salaries to determine if there was disparities in pay based on gender or ethnicity. The report issued in December 2008 generated findings of gender and/or ethnic based salary disparities in 80 positions across the UH system. UHPA has received notice from President McClain that he has accepted the recommendations of the study. All affected positions are to be assessed with updated information to determine where pay adjustments must be made. The assessment is to be completed by July 1.

Academic

Pick-A-Prof Information

Mar 13, 2009

In November 2008, UH General Counsel received a request from Pick-A-Prof to provide grade distributions for all formal courses at Manoa and Hilo taught during 2008. Pick-A-Prof is a fee for service online data base that markets grade information to assist students in selection of professors. The information sought included instructor name, number of students and the respective number of A’s, B’s. C’s etc. Recently UHPA was informed of this request through Hilo faculty members and the Manoa Faculty Senate. The use of this information could undermine the integrity of academic programs and instructional faculty through encouraging grade shopping and inappropriate assessments of faculty performance.

Campus-Specific

"Bargaining Update" Campus Meeting Schedule

Feb 17, 2009

UHPA is conducting a number of campus meetings to engage faculty in a discussion on the status of bargaining and the potential contract expiration. These meetings will address the current environment and the prospects of the next few months. There are significant issues and decisions that faculty members may need to be prepared to address.

Submit Your Suggestions/Comments for State Budget Reductions

Mar 05, 2009

The Hawaii Senate Ways and Means Committee is requesting suggestions for State budget reductions and savings. This information is being solicited from State employees which includes faculty members. UHPA encourages faculty members to make your perspective known to this Committee. As with all messages to legislators being specific and concise is helpful. Please share your thoughts with UHPA too. Click on title for more info...

UHPA Organizational

February 2009 Board Notes

Feb 26, 2009

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors February 21, 2009 meeting.

Political

Join in the Celebration of the Life of Ah Quon McElrath

Feb 18, 2009

Ah Quon McElrath was a remarkable woman who made such a difference in our community; therefore, ILWU Local 142 invites you to join them in remembering and celebrating her Life. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2009, at the ILWU's Union Hall (451 Atkinson Drive).

EUTF Needs to Hear From You

Feb 24, 2009

The EUTF Board is meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, February 25th. The Board is split evenly between labor and management. It is important that the Employer’s (management) representatives hear from faculty members about the need to maintain health benefits at their current levels.

Fringe Benefits

Legislative Update

Feb 17, 2009

Many faculty once again made their voices heard which helped to ensure that harmful legislative proposals did not move forward.

Legal-Judicial

LEGISLATIVE ALERT #2

Feb 13, 2009

Thanks to all faculty that were so responsive on short notice to our first Legislative Alert. The bills that UHPA members so eloquently addressed on retirement were killed. Furloughs did not make it out of Committee meaning that it's unlikely to move forward. HB 1725 prohibiting EUTF from providing a prescription drug plan will be heard on Tuesday (see below). There was an intense outcry from employees and other state agencies about the impact on employees, their families and the economy if these proposals were implemented.

Legal-Judicial

LEGISLATIVE ALERT #1 - UHPA Member Action Needed

Feb 12, 2009

Tomorrow morning (2/13/09) - The House Committee on Labor and Public Employment is considering proposed legislation that will do significant harm to faculty members in regards to health care and retirement benefits. It is critical that we know what you think!

Campus-Specific

UHPA to Labor Board: Mediation Has Failed

Feb 06, 2009

This week, UHPA notified the Hawaii Labor Relations Board that attempts to reach a contract settlement through mediation has failed. This notification is required on the 50th day of impasse where there is no resolution leading to a settlement. Throughout mediation, Federal Mediator Carol Catanzariti worked hard to move the parties toward settlement.

Financial

Governor Lingle has a "Budget Summit"

Feb 06, 2009

On February 4, UHPA participated in a meeting with HGEA, HSTA, and UPW along with legislative leaders convened by Governor Lingle.

Political

Legislative Activity

Feb 06, 2009

UHPA and its lobbyist have been following proposed legislation that would negatively impact faculty members and other state employees.

Campus-Specific

Bargaining Impasse Continues, Settlement Offer Rejected

Jan 28, 2009

Since December, UHPA’s Collective Bargaining Committee sought to utilize the mediation process, required by Chapter 89, to settle the current bargaining impasse. In an effort to be responsive to the Governor’s request to settle the contract by accepting a contract identical to the current one, the Bargaining Committee sought authorization from the UHPA Board of Directors to make such a proposal. A caveat was added that if any other public employees reached a settlement that increased salary over the next two years UHPA would be allowed to open up salary negotiations.

Fringe Benefits

Personal Financial Counseling Sessions Offered by TIAA-CREF

Jan 28, 2009

UHPA members are invited to receive personal financial counseling with a TIAA-CREF consultant. This consultant will be able to answer questions about your financial matters and will be able to assist you in making financial decisions that are right for you. Schedule an appointment today.

UHPA Organizational

January 2009 Board Notes

Jan 26, 2009

A summary of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors January 10, 2009 meeting.

System Policy

Status of Negotiations as of January 12, 2009

Jan 12, 2009

On Monday January 5 a meeting was held with the federal mediator Carol Catanzariti. This initial meeting was designed to discuss what each party desired as outcomes in bargaining.

Legislative

Hawaii Labor Relations Board (HLRB) Order

Dec 16, 2008

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) received the HLRB order declaring an impasse in contract negotiations with the State and UH administrations, and appointing a federal mediator to assist the parties in reaching an agreement.

UHPA Organizational

November 2008 Board Notes

Dec 16, 2008

A summary of the November 15, 2008 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Director's meeting.

Fringe Benefits

Aloha Petroleum Gas Card Program

Mar 31, 2008

Aloha Petroleum offers gas savings for UHPA members. Join the UHPA Gas Card Program and save 4 cents per gallon and the registration fee will be waived.

UHPA Organizational

October 2008 Board Notes

Nov 10, 2008

A summary of the October 25, 2008 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

Political

Aloha United Way "Labor Cares" Event

Oct 08, 2008

"The Island's Best Garage Sale" is scheduled for this Saturday, December 6th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the McKinley High School Cafeteria. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Aloha United Way.

Wealth-Planning Strategies for Today's Economy & Beyond

Oct 23, 2008

Financial consultants from Pacific Wealth Management will be available on UH campuses on various dates starting on October 28th through November 20th to conduct educational sessions on Long-Term Care & Retirement Planning.

System Policy

Election Day Eve Celebration—Make Your Voice Heard—UHPA Members Invited!

Oct 30, 2008

UHPA has supported voter registration and candidate forums for the 2008 Election. The final event is at E&O Trading (Ward Centre) on Monday, November 3rd beginning at 7:00 pm.

Political

UHPA Endorsed Legislative Candidates

Oct 28, 2008

The UHPA Board of Directors endorsed the following candidates for the 2008 election. The Board of Directors recommended endorsements were affirmed by UHPA members through surveys in December 2007 and March 2008.

UHPA Organizational

September 2008 Board Notes

Oct 23, 2008

A summary of the September 27, 2008 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

Campus-Specific

UHPA Bargaining Information Meetings

Sep 17, 2008

A series of UHPA meetings to brief faculty members on collective bargaining have been scheduled since September 22nd. Look for the scheduled meetings on your campus. The remaining meeting dates, times, and locations are listed in bold print.

System Policy

UHPA Recommends a No Vote on Con Con

Oct 06, 2008

The UHPA Board of Directors has taken a position to oppose the convening of a Constitutional Convention.

Fringe Benefits

Exclusive Website for Contract Negotiations

Sep 17, 2008

UHPA has established a new website exclusively devoted to contract negotiations. This website is for UHPA members only.

Fringe Benefits

AIG Hawaii at No Risk of Failure

Sep 17, 2008

AIG Hawaii auto and homeowners’ insurance will not go out of business. AIG offers UHPA members the best rates in town and your auto insurance premium payments can be payroll deducted.

UHPA Organizational

August 2008 Board Notes

Sep 11, 2008

A summary of the August 23, 2008 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

System Policy

Primary Election Underway

Sep 11, 2008

Voting has begun for walk-in and mail absentee voters. Poll voters can cast their ballot on September 20th. A large number of legislative races will be decided in the primary due to weak or no opposition candidates.

Academic

Deadline for Waiver of Minimum Qualifications for Faculty Promotion and/or Tenure

Aug 08, 2008

For the 2008-2009 cycle of faculty promotion and tenure, all waivers of Minimum Qualifications at Manoa must reach the Office of the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs by August 29, 2008.

Fringe Benefits

The Pulse on UH Faculty Health Benefits…

Jul 30, 2008

State Court rules that retirees have a constitutional right to continuing health benefits.

Final Salary Increase in the 2003-2009 Agreement between UHPA and the UH-BOR

Jul 16, 2008

The final salary increase of 11% in the 2003-2009 Agreement was made on July 1, 2008 (reflected on the July 15th payroll) for faculty members on 11-month appointments. Faculty on 9-month appointments will receive their 11% increase in salary on August 1, 2008 (to be reflected on the August 14th payroll).

Fringe Benefits

SB2263 Is Law With an Override of the Governor's Veto

Jul 10, 2008

After two legislative sessions UHPA's bill is now law. The Board of Regents is required to disclose exempt administrator salaries previous to approval.

AAUP Tax Alert: "UH Payroll Delay or Deferred Compensation?"

Jul 08, 2008

UH nine-month appointed faculty are not receiving deferred compensation because their salaries are paid over 12 months.

UHPA Organizational

June 2008 Board Notes

Jun 27, 2008

A summary of the June 7, 2008 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

Financial

UHPA Members Invited! TIAA-CREF Personal Financial Counseling Sessions

Apr 10, 2008

RESERVE A TIME FOR JULY 16TH OR JULY 17TH

Political

Negotiations Update

Jun 05, 2008

Attached is a summary of the first bargaining session that took place between UHPA negotiators, UH administrators, and the representatives from the State Office of Collective Bargaining. The session was held on May 23rd at the offices of UHPA.

Academic

"Ask a Working Woman" Survey

Jun 05, 2008

UHPA Director Ruth Horie (UHM-Hamilton Library) sent us this survey from the AAUW. We're passing it on to all those working women who read our News so their opinions can be added.

UHPA Organizational

May 2008 Board Notes

Jun 05, 2008

A summary of the May 10, 2008 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

Campus-Specific

Adminstrative Salary Update

Jun 02, 2008

The Board of Regents did not approve a "Waiver of Return Service Obligation" for UH Hilo Chancellor Tseng as part of an employment separation package. On May 29 the Board of Regents refused to allow the Chancellor to take a sabbatical leave that did not require a return to UH Hilo for additional service.

Legislative

Disclosure of UH Admin Salaries Sought

May 29, 2008

The legislature approved again this year a bill, SB 2263, that would require the disclosure of UH Executive Administrative Salaries. The bill is pending signature or veto by the Governor. However, the Regents were considering another special salary adjustment without disclosing the amount of the request prior to approval in executive session.

Political

Negotiations Resumed on May 23rd

May 12, 2008

A summary of the contract proposals submitted to the State and UH Administration.

UHPA Organizational

April 2008 Board Notes

Apr 30, 2008

A summary of the April 12, 2008 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

Campus-Specific

UHPA Update Notice for Kapiolani Community College Faculty Members

Apr 22, 2008

Regarding Summer Session Teaching Load

Academic

Great Opportunity for Lecturers

Apr 21, 2008

Once again, the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA), your union, wants to support professional development for lecturers. Toward this end funds are being allocated for a limited number of grants to cover the tuition and select transportation costs for this summer's Hawaii Great Teachers (HGT) Seminar to be held at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Academic

Futures of Higher Education Course at UH-Manoa

Apr 18, 2008

A "Futures of Higher Education" course will be offered this fall semester at UH-Manoa by Professors James Dator and Ray Yeh.

Political

Workers Need Help Picketing the Pacific Beach Hotel

May 01, 2008

UHPA is asking for our members to assist with picketing the PBH on Saturday afternoon, May 3rd and Tuesday afternoon, May 6th.

Financial

Legislative Update - UH Maintenance and Repair Money

Apr 11, 2008

Supplemental Budget HB2500 HD1SD1 passes the Senate.

Fringe Benefits

Aloha Petroleum Gas Card Program

Mar 31, 2008

Aloha Petroleum offers gas savings for UHPA members. Join the UHPA Gas Card Program and save 4 cents per gallon and the registration fee will be waived.

Financial

Special Service: TIAA-CREF Personal Financial Counseling

Apr 10, 2008

It's never too early to plan nor too late to re-access your retirement strategies. Protect and invest your 9% and upcoming 11% pay raises. Schedule an appointment to attend a personal financial counseling session conducted by TIAA-CREF.

UHPA Organizational

March 2008 Board Notes

Mar 27, 2008

A summary of the March 8, 2008 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

System Policy

Action Needed

Apr 03, 2008

You will receive a letter by mail requesting updated contact information to ensure that UHPA can communicate on issues critical to the economic and professional well being of faculty. Please take a few minutes to fill out the information and mail it in the return envelope.

System Policy

Update Your Contact Email Address

Jan 29, 2008

If you currently receive email from us at your hawaii.edu address, UHPA urges you to change your email address that is recorded on our web site. A non-hawaii.edu address will ensure more reliable communication.

Political

Pride at Work Hawaii

Apr 09, 2008

Announcement of their Spring Membership Meeting & Pa'ina on Friday, April 18th, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Tapa's Restaurant and Lanai Bar.

Legislative

Attention UHPA Members

Feb 28, 2008

Have you returned your proxy form or repeal ballot? It's not too late. The deadline is April 23, 2008. The UHPA Board of Directors have approved a restated Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws for our organization to respond to the significant changes in the Hawaii Non-Profit law over the last three decades. UHPA needs to bring our governance documents into compliance with the current law.

Financial

UHPA Sponsors Financial Planning Seminar

Feb 13, 2008

It's never too early or too late to learn about planning for retirement. Protect and invest your 9% and upcoming 11% pay raises. Attend a Financial Education Seminar conducted by TIAA-CREF on Wednesday, March 12th, in Campus Center Room 310 on the UH Manoa campus. Reserve your space at one of the three sessions: (1) 9:00 am - 10:00 am; (2) 11:30 am - 12:30 pm; (3) 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Sign-up today by calling Amber Tapia at (800)842-2007 extension 3663.

UHPA Organizational

February 2008 Board Notes

Feb 27, 2008

A summary of the February 9, 2008 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

Political

Results of sUHPA Tuesday are in!

Feb 05, 2008

Thanks to all that participated.

System Policy

EVoting Is Coming To UHPA!

Jan 29, 2008

Board of Director Elections and "sUHPA Tuesday"

UHPA Organizational

January 2008 Board Notes

Jan 24, 2008

A summary of the January 12, 2008 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly Board of Director's meeting.

Fringe Benefits

Hawaii Blues Festival

Jan 16, 2008

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) is the core sponsor of the Hawaii Blues Festival – The Riff that Ripples Across Oceania. The Hawaii Blues Festival is a ten day, January 17–26, musical experience combining engaging presentations from elementary classrooms to university centers capped with blues concerts in lounges and nightclubs across Hawaii.

Political

Senate Majority Leader Gary Hooser Speaks at UH-Manoa

Jan 11, 2008

The UHPA Legislative Committee has arranged to have Senate Majority Leader Gary Hooser speak to UHPA members on January 15, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Campus Center 310. He will give a 20 minute presentation entitled, "Public Efficacy 101," and this will be followed by an open discussion.

Political

2008 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade & Celebration

Jan 02, 2008

Wear a UHPA shirt and meet at Magic Island, 7:30 am Monday, January 21, 2008.

UHPA Organizational

December 2007 Board Notes

Dec 26, 2007

A summary of the December 8, 2007 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly Board of Director's meeting.

Financial

Justice at the Beach Requests Contributions

Dec 14, 2007

A "free store" is established for fired employees of the Pacific Beach Hotel.

UHPA Organizational

November 2007 Board Notes

Dec 06, 2007

A summary of the November 10, 2007 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly Board of Director's meeting.

System Policy

Instant Tenure

Oct 26, 2007

President McClain proposes that the Regents delegate to his office the authority to grant immediate tenure to administrators and faculty members.

Academic

Proposed Change in the CC Classification Document

Oct 26, 2007

Vice President Morton will ask the Regents to accept changes to the CC Classification Plan at the November BOR meeting on Maui.

UHPA Organizational

October 2007 Board Notes

Oct 25, 2007

A summary of the October 6, 2007 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly Board of Director's meeting.

Campus-Specific

Big Island Press Club Response to UH Board of Regents

Oct 11, 2007

The Board of Directors of the Big Island Press Club supports UHPA's objection to the secrecy created at Regents' meetings.

UHPA Organizational

September 2007 Board Notes

Oct 05, 2007

A summary of the September 15, 2007 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

System Policy

Proposed Revision to BOR Policy 9-1a(3) & (4) and Proposed New Executive Policy (E9.113)

Sep 26, 2007

UHPA has formally consulted with Vice President for Academic Planning & Policy Linda Johnsrud on Friday, October 5th, on the proposed revision to Board of Regents Policy 9-1a (3) and (4) related to department chairs and a proposed new Executive Policy (E9.113) for department/division chairs.

UHPA Organizational

August 2007 Board Notes

Oct 05, 2007

A summary of the August 11, 2007 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

Legislative

Survey Results

Aug 23, 2007

Mahalo for your participation in the Collective Bargaining Committee's surveys. We have completed six surveys and are scheduling future surveys.

Fringe Benefits

Mahalo to Danny Carvalho, Jon Osorio, and Randy Borden for help with PBS Sponsorship

Aug 21, 2007

UHPA continues its support of PBS Hawaii with the underwriting of "The Lehrer NewsHour," "Bill Moyers Journal," "Charlie Rose," and Ken Burn's new seven-part series "The War."

Legal-Judicial

UHPA To Challenge “ERS” Pension Calculation

Aug 02, 2007

UHPA will be petitioning the ERS and are seeking faculty members who are willing to be a named participant in the petition.

Fringe Benefits

EUTF New Prescription Drug Plan for PPO & Supplemental Plan Subscribers

Jul 17, 2007

It has come to our attention that many of you are having difficulty contacting the Employer Union Health Benefit Trust Fund (EUTF). UHPA has also tried on several occasions to contact them since July 1st. We have expressed our concerns to the EUTF’s Administrator and to EUTF's Trustee, John Radcliffe. Based on our understanding, many of the questions/problems are on the new prescription drug plan.

Notice to Bargaining Unit 07 Members

Jul 03, 2007

EUTF OPEN ENROLLMENT EXTENDED FOR BU07 MEMBERS. The deadline for submitting an enrollment change is July 25, 2007.

Political

Opening for ERS Retirant Seat

Jun 20, 2007

An election to fill a retirant seat on the Board of Trustees of the Employees' Retirement System (ERS) will be conducted in the latter part of this year.

System Policy

Response Letter from US Senator Inouye & US Representative Abercrombie

Jun 20, 2007

Senator Inouye & Representative Abercrombie responds to UHPA's call for help in opposing the DOE's push for accreditation changes.

Health Insurance Premiums Revised for BU 07 Members

Jun 20, 2007

The State has agreed to pay for bargaining unit 07 members the highest employer contribution amount per month that is being paid to any other bargaining unit for comparable health insurance coverage.

UHPA Organizational

June 2007 Board Notes

Jul 03, 2007

A summary of the June 16, 2007 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

Political

The Chronicle of Higher Education Reports No Strike at PSU

Jul 03, 2007

No strike in Pennsylvania as professors and system reach tentative agreement. Faculty accept general salary increases of 3% & 4%.

Fringe Benefits

Panda Travel Online Discount

May 02, 2007

Book your travel online in minutes using the UHPA-endorsed online travel program with Panda Travel. Panda Travel books more than 50,000 trips every year. Discounted rates are available to UHPA members on 9 different airlines and at over 180 hotels. Panda Travel is here to help you with all your travel needs.

UHPA Organizational

May 2007 Board Notes

May 21, 2007

A summary of the May 12th University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

Political

DOE's Possible Implementation of New Federal Standards

May 21, 2007

New federal standards by the Department of Education (DOE) would undermine the historic role of higher education in the United States. Therefore, Executive Director J. N. Musto seeks support from the Hawaii Congressional Delegates to prevent this from being implemented.

Financial

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Premium Rates

May 07, 2007

The faculty members in bargaining unit 7 receive the highest State Employer contributions for EUTF benefit plans. The Open Enrollment period is scheduled to end on May 18th. (click on title to read more)

Fringe Benefits

Ride the Bus and Get a Tax Break

Apr 27, 2007

The open enrollment period for the pre-tax bus pass program is from May 1, 2007 to June 15, 2007.....

UHPA Organizational

April 2007 Board Notes

May 02, 2007

A summary of the April 14th University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

Legislative

UHPA Successful in Lobbying

Apr 26, 2007

The Senate/House Conference Committee has supported two UHPA bills.

Fringe Benefits

EUTF Open Enrollment

Apr 25, 2007

The deadline for making changes to your health benefits is May 18, 2007.

Political

Retirement Reception Honoring John H. Radcliffe

Apr 11, 2007

After 17 years of service at UHPA, Associate Executive Director John H. Radcliffe retired on January 31, 2007.

System Policy

SUNY Faculty Senate Administrator Evaluation

Apr 11, 2007

The State University of New York (SUNY) faculty senate has established an extensive evaluation instrument to be used with the various campus administrations.

Financial

Long-Term Care & Retirement Planning Seminars

Apr 11, 2007

Financial Consultants from Pacific Wealth Management will be available on UH System campuses in April and May to give educational seminars on long-term care and retirement planning. Please REGISTER by contacting Serry Shao, CFP or Robert Borek, CFP on Oahu at 533-1928 or toll-free from the neighbor islands at 1-800-235-3221.

UHPA Organizational

March 2007 Board Notes

Apr 05, 2007

A summary of the March 17th University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

Legal-Judicial

Testimony Concerning Proposed UH System Reorganization Plan

Mar 20, 2007

Executive Director J. N. Musto submitted testimony concerning the proposed UH System Reorganization Plan at the UH Board of Regents' meeting on March 15, 2007. Although specific suggestions and issues were raised, the UH Board of Regents acted to approve the UH System Reorganization Plan without modification.

UHPA Organizational

February 2007 Board Notes

Mar 12, 2007

A summary of the February 24th University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

Political

UHPA Remembers G. Nelson Armitage

Mar 08, 2007

One of the union’s first professional staff members passed away in October 2006. Chuck, as he was known to his friends, came to higher education advocacy from the West Coast and the Hawaii Teamsters Union where he negotiated and enforced many contracts.

Campus-Specific

33rd Annual Membership Meeting

Mar 15, 2007

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly will be holding its Thirty-third Annual Membership Meeting.

Legislative

EUTF Approves Multiple Health Premium Tiers and More Choices of Coverage

Feb 28, 2007

The Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) Trustees have established separate premiums rates for a single person, two-party, and full family coverage for medical insurance. In addition, more choices of coverage are available.

System Policy

We Need Information-For Contract Negotiations

Feb 28, 2007

Be on the lookout for a series of survey questions related to specific issues.

Fringe Benefits

Universal Studios Discount Coupon

Feb 27, 2007

Special offer for UHPA members -- Discover the ultimate Hollywood movie experience and enjoy the many Savings at Universal Studios Hollywood!

UHPA Organizational

January 2007 Board Notes

Feb 02, 2007

A summary of the January 20th University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

Legislative

UHPA Supports Mass Transit Connecting Campuses

Dec 18, 2006

UHPA Associate Executive Director John Radcliffe has been busy lobbying for a mass transit system that will link the Leeward side University campuses from Kapolei to UH Manoa.

"Lost Paychecks" for Hawaii CC Faculty

Dec 27, 2006

Executive Director J. N. Musto delivers checks to Hawaii Community College faculty in time for Christmas. UHPA provided checks (net amount due) to those faculty who had not received their payroll checks on December 15th.

Fringe Benefits

Discover the AIG Advantage Today

Jan 09, 2007

Great rates, free benefits – for UHPA members only! Call AIG Hawaii at 533-2444 or toll-free from the Neighbor Islands at 1-877-533-2444.

UHPA Organizational

December 2006 Board Notes

Jan 09, 2007

A summary of the December 9th University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.

System Policy

How will you vote on proposed Con Amendments?

Oct 13, 2006

Information from the League of Women Voters and `Olelo on the pros and cons of the Constitutional Amendments.

Payroll Lag

Sep 12, 2006

Hawaii Supreme Court rules on the payroll lag passed by the Legislature.

Multi-tier Premium Rates for Health Insurance

Sep 12, 2006

The EUTF is considering more premium rates beyond self or full family.

Legislative

UHPA Political Candidate Endorsements

Sep 12, 2006

This includes endorsements for Governor, Hawaii State House and Senate races and also endorsements for the US Senate, US House, 1st and 2nd US Congressional districts. The general election will be held on November 7, 2006.

System Policy

Last Chance to Register to Vote

Oct 02, 2006

The deadline to register to vote in the General Election is Monday, October 9, 2006.

UHPA Organizational

November 2006 Board Notes

Dec 06, 2006

Board Notes are summaries of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly Board of Directors' meetings.

UHPA Organizational

UHPA Does Well in Elections

Dec 01, 2006

No other interest group endorsed across party lines as extensively as did we. We did as well or better than any other entity in Hawaii. Sixty of our endorsed candidates won; five lost.

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