December 2007 Board Notes

 

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION  

New UH-Manoa Director Paulette
Feeney, who represents the constituency for Arts and Humanities,
Library & Information Science Program, Outreach College, and
Library Services, was introduced and welcomed.

PROPOSED ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION & BY-LAWS

Attorney Jeffrey Piper of Schlack
Ito Lockwood Piper & Elkind, who specializes in not-for-profit
corporate law, updated Directors on the proposed changes to the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws of UHPA.  After
some discussion, it was agreed that additional changes recommended
would be incorporated with revised copies of the documents reviewed
again by the Board of Directors in January.  Attorney
Piper will meet with Faculty Representatives at the February 9 Faculty
Forum to go over the changes being recommended to UHPA’s Constitution and By-Laws in order to be in compliance with Hawaii’s not-for-profit corporate laws.  UHPA
members will be asked to approve these changes at the April Annual
Membership meeting, which is scheduled for Friday, April 11, 2008.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The President’s Report included the following:

  • Directors received copies of the November 2007 AFT Statement on Academic Freedom for the 21st
    Century that discusses the standards, mechanics, and threats to
    academic freedom, and the need to implement academic freedom through
    collective action.  Since academic freedom affects tenure,
    peer evaluation, and shared governance, this would be a useful tool for
    faculty, the faculty senates, and perhaps the Legislature.  The document can be viewed at http://www.aft.org/higher_ed/pubs-reports/AcademicFreedomStatement.pdf.  Information is also included in the November issue of the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE).
  • Directors
    received copies of the February 23, 1976 Memorandum of Agreement
    regarding the Roles of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly
    and the UH Faculty Senates (aka “White Paper”).  UH-Manoa
    Director James Tiles reported that when the assessment problem
    occurred, some of the Faculty Senate members looked at the “White
    Paper.”  It was suggested that representatives of the
    Faculty Senates and UHPA collaborate their efforts to reestablish and
    update the document, which would then be presented to UHPA members in
    concert with the proposed Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws.
  • President Chernisky announced that UHPA’s active membership has improved.  Of the 3,824 Bargaining Unit 7 members, 3,059 are signed UHPA members (80%).  Kudos was given to the UHPA staff and Vice President Adrienne Valdez, who is spearheading the Membership Drive.  UH-Manoa Director and UHPA Treasurer Ming-Bao Yue was thanked for her efforts to fill vacated Faculty Representative positions.  As of December 7, UHPA has 92 of the 127 Faculty Rep positions filled.  It was noted that Directors would be asked to confirm 7 more Faculty Representatives.
  • Directors were informed that UHPA has 226 retired members.  Of these 175 are lifetime and 51 are annual dues paying members.  Some of the retired members have suggested utilizing their talents and research.
  • Directors
    were informed that TIAA-CREF now has an office in Honolulu, which is
    under the auspices of the TIAA-CREF Wealth Management Office located at
    500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 400, Honolulu, HI 96813.  Contact
    person is Jeanne St. John, who can be reached from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00
    p.m. at (800) 842-2638 ext. 6600 for appointment, or after 2:00 p.m.
    leaving voice mail at (808) 543-1117.
  • President
    Chernisky announced that if anyone is interested in training, seminars,
    workshops, lectures, or classes about membership, business economics,
    law, grievances, or contracts, please contact CLEAR (Center for Labor
    Education and Research) at UH-West Oahu.  See their website at http://homepages.uhwo.hawaii.edu/~clear/classes.html.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

  • Executive
    Director J. N. Musto reported that the proposed amendment to BOR Policy
    9, Section 9-1a(3) Department Chairs and Section 9.1a(4) Special
    Program Directors and Chairs of Academic Divisions was taken off the
    Board of Regents’ agenda last month.  He informed
    Directors that he had another meeting with Vice President for Academic
    Planning and Policy Linda Johnsrud regarding this proposal.  He
    has communicated with Ed Yuen, former System Director for the Office of
    Human Resources and UH Spokesperson for Collective Bargaining, that
    UHPA wishes to bargain this matter.  It was reported that
    the All Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs (ACCFSC) met and don’t
    want anything to do with the proposed document.  They
    would like a Department/Division Handbook as stipulated in Article
    XXII, Appointment, Duties, and Compensation for Academic Chairs,
    Section D, of the 2003-2009 Agreement.  Directors agreed that it would be valuable to have a meeting with academic chairs.  Directors unanimously passed a motion to
    request the Executive Director to file a class action grievance
    regarding the UH administration’s failure to implement Article XXII
    regarding the UH System Faculty Handbook that describes the duties of
    academic chairs
    .
  • Executive
    Director Musto met with Vice President Johnsrud concerning the proposed
    changes to Board of Regents Policy 9-1, Personnel Status, Subsection
    b., Faculty Promotion and Tenure.  With regard to reciprocal tenure, the administration did not want instant tenure.  Concerns were expressed. How judgment would be made as to who should get tenure?  What are the factors that can be used across disciplines for tenure?  Even
    if the language indicates that DPCs may review these tenure cases if
    they are available, it makes no sense since consideration seems to
    purposely be done during the summer when DPCs are usually not available.  If
    the proposal includes tenure for Excluded Administrators, who return as
    faculty, what criteria would be used to determine that the executive
    employee has been current in his or her discipline?  How
    would the employer be able to tenure an Excluded Administrator,
    especially if the majority of the individual’s employment has been in
    administration?  What is “comparable tenure” from one institution to the UH?  What are the terms and definitions of tenure since each university or college is different?  The
    Faculty Senates should be assured that their concerns and questions are
    addressed by the administration before the policy is taken to the Board
    of Regents.
  • Although
    Executive Director Musto testified before the Board of Regents UHPA’s
    objection to the UH Community Colleges Faculty Classification Plan, the
    Regents approved it.
  • Associate Executive Director James Kardash updated Directors on the tenure cases that were appealed to Hearing Officers.  He
    reiterated what was reported in November and noted that the Hearing
    Officer in the last case overturned the tenure denial and remanded it
    back for resubmission next fall.  The faculty member, however, has decided to retire at the end of the month.  Even
    though this year’s cases have not yet been fully reviewed by TPRCs,
    UHPA has been contacted by faculty members inquiring how they should
    proceed with their negative tenure recommendations from department
    personnel committees, department chairs, or deans.
  • Associate
    Executive Director Kristeen Hanselman reported on the 1996 lawsuit that
    was filed by the Evergreen Freedom Foundation, a multi-million dollar
    right to work organization.  Directors were informed that this anti-union group causes dissension, confusion, and misleads union members.  Directors were forewarned that similar factions have already organized themselves in Hawaii under different names.  As an organization, UHPA should be truthful and transparent.
  • A
    meeting with the Hawaii State Teachers Association has been requested
    to discuss issues that may be raised during the 2010 Constitutional
    Convention, and to request financial support from our joint national
    affiliate, the National Education Association, to assist both unions in
    addressing any challenges to public sector collective bargaining that
    may arise as a result of a Constitutional Convention.
  • A
    status report was given on UHPA’s pilot program, funded from a grant
    approved by the National Education Association, to conduct electronic
    voting for this year’s UHPA elections.  A Beta test was in progress with a mock election to Faculty Representatives.  If all works well, the Board of Director and Faculty Representative elections will be conducted online this spring.

TREASURER’S REPORT

Treasurer Ming-Bao Yue reported that UHPA is in the second month of the fiscal year.  There have not been unusual expenditures.  To
date there have been 142 objections from members to have $5 from their
statutory dues earmarked for the Political Action Fund.

As a result of additional legal work being conducted on UHPA By-Laws, Directors passed a motion to
transfer within the budget category of Rights Maintenance and Contract
Enforcement the amount of $10,000 from Litigation to Corporate Legal
.

Directors passed a motion to receive the Treasurer’s report and to refer it to the Finance Committee.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

1.  Support for Hotel Workers

President Chernisky reported that
the employees of the Pacific Beach Hotel, who are members of the
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), are still without a
contract.  For ten years employees went without a pay increase.  When employees organized, the property was sold and they were informed to reapply.  The property has changed hands again and employees were asked to reapply once more.  Forty-five employees were not hired back, including seven of the twelve members on the ILWU Negotiating Team.  In
support of the hotel workers, including the boycott of the Pacific
Beach Hotel and the Pagoda Hotel, the UHPA Board of Directors
unanimously passed the following resolution.

 

UHPA Resolution

Support of Pacific Beach Hotel Workers and Hotel Boycott

Rationale:

WHEREAS, the workers of the Pacific Beach Hotel first began organizing themselves into the ILWU Local 142 five years ago; and

WHEREAS, the workers have been in
negotiations for over twenty months for a fair contract, including a
union security clause; and

WHEREAS, HTH (Herbert T. Hayashi)
Management has neither been willing to honor any of the tentative
agreements already negotiated nor has agreed to a fair contract with a
bona fide union security clause; and

WHEREAS, on December 1, 2007, HTH
refused to “rehire” 45 union workers, including 7 of the 12 members of
the union negotiating committee, and still refuses to recognize the
bargaining rights of ILWU Local 142;

Resolution:

THEREFORE, be it resolved that
the UHPA Board of Directors supports the workers of the Pacific Beach
Hotel in their efforts to retain their jobs and negotiate a fair
contract, including a union security clause;

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that all UHPA
members, staff, family and friends will participate in a consumer
boycott of the Pacific Beach Hotel and Pagoda Hotel until the workers
have achieved a fair and just settlement.

2.  HGEA Executive Director

Directors were informed that the
Executive Committee approved the purchase of a Lehua table for the
January 31, 2008 retirement dinner for Hawaii Government Employees’
Association Executive Director Russell Okata, who will be retiring at
the end of 2007.  The dinner celebration will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel, Coral Ballroom.  Proceeds for the event will benefit the HGEA Charles R. Kendall Scholarship and Education Fund.

3.  UHPA Purchases

Directors were informed that the
Executive Committee had approved the purchases of a new refrigerator
and office furniture for Associate Executive Directors Kristeen
Hanselman and James Kardash.  Directors unanimously passed the motion to confirm the actions taken by the Executive Committee.

LEGISLATIVE/POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

Legislative/Political Action Committee Chair Richard Nettell reported that the agenda for the committee will be in three stages.  The
first stage will include the early endorsements of incumbents and the
maximum contribution allowable for each political position before the
New Year.  The second stage will be a second slate of endorsements sometime in March 2008.  The
third stage will be the conducting of interviews in early August with
the final slate of endorsements presented to the Board of Directors
when the interviews have been completed.  The Executive
Committee, at their meeting on December 7, passed a motion to present
the UHPA membership with the list of early endorsements for their
concurrence.  Directors unanimously passed the motion to approve the list of early political endorsements and allowable contributions subject to the membership’s concurrence.
should be noted that UHPA members who objected to have $5 from their
statutory dues go toward the Political Action Fund will not have access
or be able to participate in this process.

Chair Nettell reported that a significant issue for faculty system wide is housing.  Beginning
next semester, Chair Nettell plans to put another survey on UHPA’s
website to gather additional information concerning the housing problem.

NOMINATIONS & ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

The Nominations and Elections Committee requested confirmation of new Faculty Representatives.  Directors unanimously passed a motion to confirm the appointments of Christine Yano (PAU 043), Oscar Navarro Fernandez (PAU 046), Debra Liebermann (PAU 070), Jon-Paul Bingham (PAU 091), Andy Kaufman (PAU 093), Glenn Teves (PAU 101) and Marla Berry (PAU 102) as Faculty Representatives for their respective Primary Academic Units.

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING COMMITTEE

Chair Karla Hayashi reported that the Collective Bargaining Committee had a productive meeting on December 1.  The CBC will be having 2-3 more surveys.  Committee members have been charged to do additional work and plan to meet again on January 26.  (Note:  The CBC meeting has since been changed to January 19.)

FACULTY FORUM

Associate Executive Director James Kardash announced that the Spring Faculty Forum is scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2008.  The agenda will focus on collective bargaining.

GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE

Directors unanimously passed a motion to confirm the appointments of Nina Buchanan (UH-Hilo), Richard Nettell (UH-Manoa), William Puette (UH-West Oahu), and Francis-Dean Uchima (Hawaii CC) as members of the Grievance Committee.

 

Happy Holidays from the UHPA Staff

 

Justice at the Beach Requests Contributions

Justice at the Beach is seeking support for employees fired for union activity at the Pacific Beach Hotel. A “free store” has been established to provide nonperishable food and household necessities for these employess and their families. Please drop off donations to ILWU 451 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu. Cash contributions will be accepted and used to purchase needed items. Call 808 864-3036 for information.

See UHPA Resolution in Support of Pacific Beach Hotel Workers

Read the story about Rhandy
Villanueva who lost his 15 year job at the Pacific Beach Hotel for being a union
supporter.

November 2007 Board Notes


NEA HIGHER EDUCATION DIRECTOR’S REPORT
 

Information and application announcement for the NEA Emerging Leadership Academy (ELA) will be online after November 20.  Individuals will have to February 20th to submit their application.  Applications
will be reviewed at the Higher Ed Conference and candidates, who are
promising, will be invited to the academy for an interview.  Final selections will be made in April with the first session held the last week of May and through the first weekend in June.  Directors Ruth Horie, Richard Nettell and Karla Hayashi are graduates of the ELA. 

NEA’s 26th Annual Higher Education Conference will be held from March 28 to 30, 2008 at the Hilton Washington in Washington, DC.  Some
of the issues covered will include academic freedom, salaries and
benefits, collective bargaining, college access and affordability, and
higher education funding.  It will be a joint conference with higher education colleagues from the American Federation of Teachers.  For further information and how to register go to http://www2.nea.org/he/conf.html. 


PRESIDENT’S REPORT

  • President
    Joseph Chernisky reported that UHPA has either consulted or discussed
    issues relating to proposed changes to the Board of Regents’ policies,
    tenure, timely pay for new hires and lecturers, faculty evaluation,
    sustainability, classification, summer workload, SLO directives, etc.
  • UHPA members in the Community Colleges were sent a survey concerning the Community College Faculty Classification Plan.  The Board of Regents will be considering the final document at its meeting on November 15, 2007.
  • President
    Chernisky along with Vice President Adrienne Valdez, Directors Joshua
    Cooper, Ruth Horie, and Sally Pestana attended the Hawaii State AFL-CIO
    Biennial Convention on October 26.  The Hawaii State
    AFL-CIO has indicated its commitment to higher education, and of the
    several resolutions approved, the resolution from UHPA’s Executive
    Committee in support of Civil Unions in Hawaii passed.  Additionally,
    labor leaders retiring at the end of 2007 were recognized for their
    accomplishments and years of dedication to the labor movement.  Of
    these known to UHPA are Joan Husted, Executive Director of the Hawaii
    State Teachers Association (HSTA), and Russell Okata, Executive
    Director of the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA).
  • As was reported last month, leaders from UHPA attended the NEA Creating Strong Affiliates Conference in early November.  The information learned will be discussed with the Executive Committee.

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

  • Executive
    Director J. N. Musto reported that he was attending the retirement
    luncheon for Joan Husted, Executive Director of the Hawaii State
    Teachers Union (HSTA).  Ms. Husted retires at the end of this year.
  • Attorney Jeff Piper will meet with Directors in December to fully discuss the proposed Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws for UHPA to be in compliance with the State of Hawaii’s not-for-profit corporate laws.  The Board will make a decision in January as to whether the document could be recommended to the membership.
  • Executive Director Musto will attend the UH Board of Regents’ November 15 meeting in Maui.  On their agenda are two specific issues that UHPA is concerned about.  There
    is a proposed amendment to BOR Policy 9, Section 9-1a(3) Department
    Chairs and Section 9.1a(4) Special Program Directors and Chairs of
    Academic Divisions.  UHPA had an initial consultation meeting with UH administrators wherein concerns were raised.  Although
    UHPA leaders were informed they would receive another version of the
    proposal, the revised document was never received.  It, however, is now on the Board of Regents’ agenda.  Directors passed a motion with one abstention to
    authorize the Executive Director file a complaint with the Hawaii Labor
    Relations Board indicating that the University did not complete
    consultation on the proposed amendment to BOR Policy 9, Section 9-1a(3)
    and (4).
  • The
    second issue on the BOR agenda for consideration is the approval of
    revisions to the UH Community Colleges Faculty Classification Plan.  It
    was indicated that there are no entry exams per se for Community
    Colleges and many students who enroll in the Community Colleges require
    remedial courses or may not exactly meet postsecondary course
    expectations.  For those instructors, who teach at the
    lower course levels, the proposed revisions would make it difficult for
    them as there is a high percentage of student dropouts.  Directors passed a motion with four abstentions to
    authorize the Executive Director to convey to the Board of Regents
    UHPA’s opposition to the adoption of the proposed amended UH Community
    Colleges Faculty Classification Plan
    .
  • Directors
    were informed that UHPA received a proposal that would authorize the
    University President to grant tenure upon initial appointment to
    members of the faculty and classified executives eligible for faculty
    appointments according to established guidelines.  Discussion indicated that the Board of Regents has never delegated its authority to anyone regarding tenure.  The
    Manoa Faculty Senate had reviewed the proposal and recommended language
    included for the granting of promotion and/or tenure, which state they
    subject to the approval of the Department Personnel Committee (DPC) and
    Tenure Promotion Review Committee (TPRC).  Their recommendation, however, has been ignored.  There
    have been and are highly qualified tenured individuals from other
    institutions who may be interested in teaching at the University, but
    due to the one-year tenure requirement, it has become difficult to hire
    them.  There was much concern that the proposed policy
    includes the granting of tenure to executives and the effects on the
    departments/campuses to create a position for that individual.  Directors
    felt that the responsibility of finding funds for the executive person
    who moves back into a faculty position ought to be that of the UH
    System’s office.  Directors passed a motion that the
    UHPA Board of Directors opposes the proposed revision to Board of
    Regents Policy 9-1, Personnel Status, Subsection b., Faculty Promotion
    and Tenure unless the language referring to classified executives is
    removed and that there is a process that includes the review and
    approval by Department Personnel Committees and Tenure Promotion Review
    Committees
    .

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Directors met in executive session to consider two grievance cases.  Directors unanimously passed the motion to appeal the suspension grievance cases of a UH-Manoa faculty member to arbitration.

Associate Executive Director Jim Kardash updated Directors on the status of tenure cases that were appealed to Hearing Officers.  He
also reported that last semester there were 98 applications for tenure
or tenure/promotion, 110 applications for promotion, 16
promotion/tenure applications that were denied, and 14 tenure
applications that were denied.  This semester, there were 106 applications for tenure or tenure/promotion and 105 applications for promotion.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

Treasurer Ming-BaoYue reported that on the different transactions that have affected the financial operations of UHPA.  As of September 30, 120 UHPA members have indicated their objection to the $5 dues to the PAC Fund.  As of October 31, the count increased to 138.  Additionally, UHPA has rebated $7,223.69 to 57 non-members.  Directors passed a motion to receive the Treasurer’s report and to refer it to the Finance Committee.

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Directors briefly reviewed the proposed Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws.  Some questions were raised.  Directors were informed that they could email the Executive Director if they had minor editorial corrections.

In the absence of Chair Sally
Pestana, the Executive Committee requested the Board’s confirmation of
members of the Personnel Committee.  Directors unanimously passed the motion to confirm the appointments of Charles Weems (UH-Manoa) and Adrienne Valdez (UH-West Oahu) as members of the Personnel Committee.

 

NOMINATIONS & ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

Vice President Adrienne Valdez, who
also chairs the Nominations and Elections Committee, expressed her
appreciation to Directors Brenda Cartwright, Nandita Sharma, and
Ming-Bao Yue for their asserted efforts in getting new UHPA members as
well as filling Faculty Representative positions.

She reported the results of the
special election for the UH-Manoa constituency for Arts and Humanities,
Library & Information Science Program, Outreach College, and
Library Services.  Paulette Feeney’s election as the Director for that constituency has been confirmed.  Her two-year term begins immediately and expires on August 31, 2009.

The Nominations and Elections Committee requested confirmation of new Faculty Representatives.  Directors unanimously passed a motion to confirm the appointments of Jason Willome (PAU 044), Stephen Jacques (PAU 052), Brian Szuster (PAU 055), Aurelio Agcaoili (PAU 059), Paul Lassettre (PAU 061), Nathan Murata (PAU 082), Barbara Landau (PAU 084), Garnett Smith (PAU 085), and Belinda Aquino (PAU 107).  Since the Membership Drive began on October 6, there are almost 100 new members.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Directors unanimously passed a motion to confirm the appointments of Robert Paull (UH-Manoa), L. Thomas Ramsey (UH-Manoa), Dennis Vanairsdale (Kapiolani CC), and Lynne Wilkens (UH-Manoa) as members of the Finance Committee.

Directors unanimously passed a motion to confirm the appointments of Joel Fischer (UH-Manoa), Susan Hippensteele (UH-Manoa), Earl Nakahara (Honolulu CC), and John Wendell (UH-Manoa) as members of the Grievance Committee.

Directors unanimously passed a motion to establish the Ad Hoc Women’s Committee and to confirm the appointments of Brenda Cartwright (UH-Manoa) and Nandita Sharma (UH-Manoa) as its Co-Chairs.  The goals of the UHPA Women’s Committee include:  Œeducate faculty about the union, empower individuals in the workplace, Žstrengthen ties with other unions, and address gender and family issues.

 

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