April 2008 Board Notes


EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Board of Directors met in Executive Session to consider the grievance cases of two UH-Manoa faculty members.  One case concerned termination and the other related to the denial of tenure.  Directors confirmed the appeal of both cases to arbitration.

 

NEA HIGHER EDUCATION DIRECTOR’S REPORT

NEA Director Sally Pestana reported
the issue that received the most attention at the NEA Higher Education
Conference in Washington, D.C. was the increasing use of contingent
faculty at both two–year and four–year institutions across the U.S.  Because
the definition of contingent faculty varies from “less than half time”
to “full time, non-tenure track” the percentages quoted vary from 60%
to 70%.  That leaves only 30% to 40% full time faculty to
do student advising, committee work, and other non-instructional
responsibilities for the entire institution.

The negative consequences of such
high numbers of contingent faculty are staggering for the institution,
the students, and both the part time and full time faculty members.  Discussion of the ripple effects of high use of contingent faculty permeated almost every session at the conference.

According to UHPA statistics, UH system contingent numbers are far below the national average.  That is a credit to both the administration and UHPA for having reached contract language in the current 2003-2009 Agreement that
both provides job security to experienced lecturers and non-tenure
track faculty, while continuing to recognize the ultimate importance of
tenure in colleges and universities. . 

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

  • President
    Joseph Chernisky reported that there are currently 3,847 faculty
    members in Bargaining Unit 7, which is up significantly in recent years.  Of these, 3,057 are active UHPA members (card carrying union members) and 790 nonmembers.  As for UHPA’s contingent faculty, there are 133 active UHPA members and 170 nonmembers for a total of 303 members.  UHPA’s retired membership stands at 229.
  • He
    indicated that UHPA has a unique hybrid affiliation status with the
    Hawaii State AFL-CIO and National Education Association (NEA.)  The NEA and the AFL-CIO have a Labor Solidarity Partnership on the national level.  UHPA’s
    affiliation, however, is only with the Hawaii State AFL-CIO, and not
    the national AFL-CIO organization, making it a hybrid of that
    partnership. For more information about the national partnership, go to
    http://www.aflcio.org/aboutus/jointheaflcio/nea.cfm.
  • In March, UHPA sponsored seminars put on by the TIAA-CREF non-profit annuity company.  As
    a follow-up, TIAA is offering “Personal Financial Counseling” sessions
    on May 7 and 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Imin Conference
    Center at the East-West Center on the UH-Manoa campus.  Members who are interested are advised to schedule their appointments by going to http://www.tiaa-cref.org/moc.

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Executive Director J. N. Musto reported
that the majority of his time this last month has been spent on
grievances and the contract proposal.  (Note:  The
Directors would later consider and approve the contract proposal from
the Chief Negotiator Musto and the Collective Bargaining Committee.)
  However, UHPA is also active in monitoring bills impacting the UH and the faculty before the state Legislature.

Associate Executive Director Kristeen Hanselman provided the status of bills being considered at the Legislature that include ŒS.B. 2263, the disclosure of administrative salaries in exempt positions; H.B. 2500 HD1SD1 regarding funding for repair and maintenance of UH facilities (see  http://uhpa.org/newsitems/legislative-update-uh-maintenance-and-repair-money/ for more information); ŽS.B.1780, limits negotiated contracts to two years; and,  S.B. 2262 to repeal the sunset provision for HSTA’s VEBA program, that offers health insurance to HSTA members.  AED
Hanselman complimented Director Josh Cooper, Chair of the Ad Hoc
Committee on Special Projects, for his organizing a group of students
visiting the Legislature.  They met with legislators, UHPA staff and lobbyist, and provided testimony.  Director Cooper is enlisting students to do a Voter Registration Project.  There are 277,000 eligible student voters who are not registered.

Associate Executive Director James
Kardash expressed his appreciation to the Board of Directors and
Faculty Representatives who advised the faculty member to contact UHPA
early so that the staff was able to successfully counsel the individual
or provide an early resolution. 
wUHPA
has been monitoring questions that have been raised concerning
continuing faculty evaluations that are subject to five-year reviews.. 
wThere have also been problems with faculty members not completing the required sick leave forms.  When
a faculty member reports sick leave on Monday and Wednesday, the
administrative officers will assume that the faculty member was also
out of work the intervening Tuesday. In this case, faculty members
without a scheduled class on the Tuesday have not been reporting sick
leave days.  (Note:  There is a contract
proposal that was approved by the Directors that would specifically
only charge sick leave for the days the faculty members submits.    For information regarding sick leave, go to http://uhpa.org/uhpa-bor-contract/article-vi-leaves-of-absence-with-pay/ and http://uhpa.org/uhpa-bor-contract/2003-2009-references.pdf/view. 
wThe
Community Colleges in partnership with the Department of Education
(DOE) have a pilot project known as “Construction Academy” in several
of Hawaii’s high schools.  Similar to the goals of the
P-20 Council, this is to prepare high school students with the
necessary skills to pursue a career in the construction industry.  Students will be able to use credits they earn toward the degrees they seek in vocational and technical fields.  Hawaii CC, Honolulu CC, Kauai CC, and Maui CC are participants of the Construction Academy program.  UHPA is also investigating a number of issues with the evaluation of faculty members who work directly in the high schools.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

Treasurer Ming-Bao Yue reported that UHPA has gone through 51.8% of its annual budget and we are in good financial standing.  She pointed out changes in the February 29, 2008 financial report.  Directors passed a motion to receive the Treasurer’s report and to refer it to the Finance Committee.

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Hawaii Great Teachers Seminar will be held at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on August 10-15, 2008.  Similar
to last year, the Executive Committee has recommended that UHPA support
the participation of UH lecturers that are members of UHPA through
grants that will allow them to attend the HGTS.  Directors unanimously passed the motion to
fund up to $4,000 for UH lecturers who have taught at least 8 credits
in Fall 2007 or Spring 2008 and were active UHPA members
.

 

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING COMMITTEE (CBC)

The final draft of the Collective Bargaining Committee’s bargaining proposal were shared with Directors.  UHPA Executive Director Musto reviewed the document, section by section.  After much review and discussion, Directors unanimously approved the motion that the UHPA
BOD authorizes the CBC to submit the initial proposal for changes to
the current Agreement, with a demand to begin bargaining over a
successor contract, to the State of Hawaii, the Board of Regents, and
the President of the University of Hawaii.  The CBC and Chief
Negotiator are authorized to make changes in the language consistent
with the principles approved in the contract proposal
.

Directors passed a motion to
have the CBC put a summary of UHPA’s bargaining proposal on the website
and to provide updated reports on the progress of negotiations once
bargaining commences
.

Directors passed a motion to confirm the appointments of James De Ste Croix (Leeward CC), Karla Hayashi (UH-Hilo), Richard W. Morris (UH-Hilo), Richard Nettell (UH-Manoa), Derek Oshiro (Honolulu CC), Sharon Rowe (Kapiolani CC), and Glenn Teves (UH-Manoa) as members of UHPA’s Negotiating Team, and the appointment of Earl Hishinuma (UH-Manoa) as an alternate member.

Directors passed a motion to confirm the appointment of David Duffy (UH-Manoa) as a member of UHPA’s Collective Bargaining Committee.

(Note:  The Employer was notified that the entire CBC would be representing the Bargaining Unit 7 in the next round of negotiations.  The members, in addition to those above, include Joshua Cooper (Maui CC), David Duffy (UH-Manoa), and Mark Rognstad (UH-Manoa).

Directors passed a motion to reaffirm the appointment of J. N. Musto as UHPA’s Chief Negotiator for this round of negotiations.  (A. Valdez) The motion passed with two abstentions.

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE

In the absence of Chair Duane
Stevens, UHPA Treasurer Ming-Bao Yue reported that the Finance
Committee met on March 24 with Mr. Alan Hirota of AES Design, the
architect firm assigned to do the modifications to the UHPA buildings.  He
informed them on the status of the building permit and answered any
concerns they had such as the cost of installing new lighting, which
would be a great savings in the future.  Directors were
also informed that the Finance Committee approved the transfer of
$20,000 within the Corporate Legal category, which does not require
Board approval.  Directors were reminded that if they
wanted the Finance Committee to consider additions for the next fiscal
budget, the deadline is Monday, April 14, 2008.

 

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

Chair Richard Nettell reported
that the endorsements agreed to by the Board of Directors last month
were presented to the active membership, who responded with a 79%
position to support the endorsements.

 

NOMINATIONS & ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

  • Chair Adrienne Valdez reported on the activities of the Nominations and Elections Committee. 
  • Directors were informed that the elections of officers and members of the Executive Committee would be conducted on May 10.  Since President Joseph Chernisky has an initial two-year term, there will not be an election for that office.  Only current Directors may vote and participate in this election.  Should
    a Director whose term on the Board ends on August 31, 2008 is elected,
    that Director’s position on the Executive Committee will also expire on
    August 31.  Another election to fill the vacancy would then be conducted at the Board’s September meeting.  Directors
    received the proposed Standing Rules for the Executive Committee
    Nominations and Elections Procedures and will need to approve them at
    the next Board meeting.  Chair Valdez declared that
    nominations were open for the offices of Vice President, Secretary,
    Treasurer, and three members at large on the Executive Committee.  Directors would also be notified electronically.
  • Directors
    were informed that UHPA needs 10% of the membership or a little over
    300 people to mail in their proxy forms in order to meet the quorum
    requirement to conduct the vote on the Amended Articles of
    Incorporation and Amended Bylaws.  She reported that as of April 12, 340 proxies have been received.  Several hundred ballots on the repeal of the UHPA Constitution have also been received.  These ballots will be counted after the deadline on April 24.  A two-thirds votes cast in favor will repeal the Constitution.
  • The nominations and elections for delegates to the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly were done.  As
    a result, 13 people were nominated and declared elected by acclamation
    since the number of nominations received did not exceed the 21
    delegates UHPA is allotted.  Elected as delegates to the NEA-RA are Nina Buchanan (UH-Hilo), Jerome Comcowich (UH-Manoa), Robert A. Fox (UH-Hilo), Ruth Horie (UH-Manoa), Earl Nakahara (Honolulu CC), Sally Pestana (Kapiolani CC), Natalia Schmidt (Leeward CC), Jonathan Schwartz (UH-West Oahu), Gregory Shepherd (Kauai CC), Duane Stevens (UH-Manoa), Tom Stone (Kapiolani CC), Adrienne Valdez (UH-West Oahu), and Jeffrey Zuckernick (Kapiolani CC).
  • Nominations are currently open for Faculty Representatives in 67 Primary Academic Units.  Since
    the deadline to receive nominations is April 18, Directors were asked
    to assist the Nominations and Elections Committee in finding candidates
    for those constituencies without a candidate.  If there is only one candidate, an election will NOT be conducted and that person would be declared elected by acclamation.  If an election is conducted, it would be done electronically after April 18.
  • Directors unanimously passed a motion to approve the appointment of John Allen as the Faculty Representative for Primary Academic Unit 090, UHM Mechanical Engineering, effective immediately.  His term will expire on May 31, 2008.  Although
    he has agreed to run for the two-year term that begins June 1, 2008 for
    PAU 090, the Nominations and Elections Committee will get his
    confirmation.  Appreciation was extended to Director Amarjit Singh, who solicited his colleague’s service.
  • The Board of Directors’ election is complete.  There were only two contested races—the seat for Kapiolani CC and the at-large seats at UH-Manoa.  Elected to three-year terms beginning September 1, 2008 are:

HONOLULU CC:  Cory Takemoto, Assistant Professor, Development Studies

KAPIOLANI CC:  Sharon Rowe, Associate Professor, Philosophy & Dance

WINDWARD CC:  Leticia Colmenares, Assistant Professor, Chemistry/Natural Science

UH-Manoa Engineering, SOEST, Research, Institute for Astronomy:  Michael Mottl, Professor, Oceanography/SOEST

UH-Manoa LLL, SPAS, Hawaiinuiakea:  Ming-Bao Yue, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages & Literature

UH-Manoa Social Sciences, Social Work, Arts & Sciences, etc.:  Nandita Sharma, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies & Sociology/Social Sciences

UH-Manoa at-Large:  Catherine Chan-Halbrendt, Professor, Natural Resources & Environmental Management

UH-Manoa at-Large:  Robert Cooney, Professor, Cancer Research Center of Hawaii

UH-Manoa at-Large:  Vickery Lebbin, Librarian IV, Library Services, Hamilton Library

  • The Amended Articles and Amended Bylaws include an additional Board of Directors’ seat for Kapiolani Community College.  If these proposals are approved, the election for Kapiolani CC seat will occur in Fall 2008.

 

AD HOC COMMITTEE ON SPECIAL PROJECTS

Chair Josh Cooper reported that
he was on the last Aloha flight from California to Hawaii and
everyone’s heart went out to the flight crew.  It was a very somber flight.  He
announced that there would be a “Mahalo Potluck Picnic” for Aloha
Airlines’ employees on Sunday, April 13, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at
Kapiolani Park picnic area #4.  Directors were asked to wear their UHPA shirts or caps and bring a dish to share.

The Ad Hoc Committee on Special Projects will be doing a lecture series on global amnesty.  Their first speaker is Dr. William Schulz, former Executive Director of Amnesty International.  Dr. Schulz’ schedule is:

Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 p.m., Queen Liliuokalani Center, Student Services Room 208

Thursday, April 17, 12:00 noon, Kuykendall, Room 210, UH-Manoa

Thursday, April 17, 5:30 p.m., Architecture Auditorium, UH-Manoa

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

  • The ILWU staff and the Pacific Beach Hotel employees are still not able to organize.  All
    unions in Hawaii have been notified about participating in 12-hour day
    picketing at the hotel in two-hour shifts from April 29 to May 6.  Vice President Valdez asked if anyone could help out, they should email the ILWU or for more information, contact her at avaldez@hawaii.edu.
  • The Teamsters are still requesting all union workers to continue to boycott Times Supermarkets.
  • President Chernisky reminded Chairs of UHPA committees that their annual written reports are due on Monday, April 14.

UHPA Update Notice for Kapiolani Community College Faculty Members

In the fall, Chancellor Leon
Richards unilaterally issued a memorandum stating a new policy for Kapiolani Community
College regarding summer session workload and teaching assignments.  UHPA has been addressing individual issues
and complaints with respect to the stated imposition by the administration that
those with 11-month appointments be required to teach Summer Session without
compensation, the arbitrary limit on the number of hours of Summer Session
courses that those on 9-month appointments would be allowed to teach, and the
unilateral increase in the number of students in web based courses.

Management’s action this academic
year reflect a more aggressive attitude toward these issues and an attempt to
change working conditions of faculty members on 11-month contracts and 9-month
faculty members choosing to teach during the summer without addressing either
the substance of the collective bargaining agreement or the academic
considerations of the Faculty Senate.

The following is an update on the
status of actions being taken by UHPA, which includes the filing of a class
action grievance.  We hope this communication is helpful—if you individually have requested a summer teaching load and have been
denied as a result of the Chancellor’s recent actions, we need to know the
details—a grievance will ensure your right to appropriate compensation
.

Re:  11-month work assignments

Status:  On March 14, 2008 the Chancellor notified
Faculty Senate Chair Harry Davis, that the
September 17, 2007 memorandum dealing in part with summer work assignment for
11-month faculty has been rescinded per our discussion around February 7, 2008”.

Re:  September 21, 2007 Chancellor’s “Guidelines
for Summer Workload Assignment”

Status:  Under the 2003-2009 CBA between the UH BOR
and UHPA, Article XXIV, Grievance Procedures, C2, the Union filed a Step 1
grievance with the Office of the Chancellor (waived by Kapiolani CC) and
subsequently a second grievance–Step 2, Office of the President, on March 7,
2008.  The President’s designee, Edward
Yuen, held a preliminary meeting with the Chancellor in early April.  Documentation from faculty members illustrate
that the Chancellor continues to selectively approve teaching load assignments
for totals more than 8 credits.

Management’s position is that
there will be established a maximum of 12 credits over the two summer sessions,
which is the limit teaching load.  The
reasoning behind this policy shift seems to be their belief of past approval of
inappropriate overloads of 15 and 18 credits. 
The shift is to 8 credits in one session plus 4 credits in a second
session—exceptions may be considered for ESOL courses or similar subject
area.  This new campus based view of
workload was discussed in the Division Chair/Dean’s Advisor Council meetings.

Re:  Increases in the number of students allowed
to enroll in web based courses.

Most enrollment numbers now vary
from 30 to 35 students (WI courses have maximum enrollments set at 20).  Some faculty members argue that a maximum of
25 students for their courses will significantly contribute to the quality of
services to students and make Kapiolani Community College more competitive.

On March 29th the VCAA
and Deans sent out a reminder to departments that maximum enrollment for online classes should mirror face to face
classes
.  The administration’s
position is that this standard has always existed and that academic units have
unilaterally adjusted to a lower class size without curriculum approval through
the Faculty Senate.  Exceptions are to be
determined by the program dean.

Great Opportunity for Lecturers

Lecturers who are not receiving grants
from their home campus and who are UHPA members are eligible to apply.  Lecturers who taught 8+ credits in the
previous fall or current spring semester may also apply.  If you are not an UHPA member, you may join
now to be eligible.

To
apply for the grant, please submit a statement of not more than one page,
indicating your reasons for wanting to attend the HGT seminar.  You should email your request to
kathy@uhpa.org by May 30, 2008 or
drop a copy off at our offices at 1017 Palm Drive. Upon completion of the HGT
seminar, a brief report should be submitted to UHPA.  For more information on the HGT seminar, go
to http://www.GreatTeacher.hawaii.edu.

If you’d like to view previous reports, please click here.

Futures of Higher Education Course at UH-Manoa

A “Futures of Higher Education” course will be offered this fall semester on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at UH-Manoa.  Professor James Dator, Director of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, will be offering a Pols 770 Public Policy seminar and at the same time, Professor Ray Yeh, former Dean of the School of Architecture, will be offering a workshop in Architecture.  The course will assess relevant alternative futures and then design processes of higher education that are appropriate to them.  The course will also include an understanding of the history and current status of higher education worldwide.  Students and faculty are invited.  For more information, contact Dr. Dator at dator@hawaii.edu. 

Legislative Update – UH Maintenance and Repair Money

Contained within is funding for repair and maintenance along with funding for new facilities on a number of campuses. Of practical concern is the inability to move students and faculty to lab facilities while existing buildings undergo repair. Both the House and Senate added facility items including a Creative Media Center at West Oahu and repair of Cooke Field and Murakami Stadium at Manoa. A complete list of facilities addressed is found within the text of the supplemental budget document.

 

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March 2008 Board Notes

NEA HIGHER EDUCATION DIRECTOR’S REPORT

NEA Director for Higher Education
Sally Pestana reported that her idea how to raise political action
contributions for NEA-PAC was well received by NEA Board members.  In turn, she has challenged the 180 NEA Directors to do the same.  She will learn more in May—the next time the NEA Board meets.

She and other UHPA Board Directors
will be attending the NEA Higher Education Conference, which is being
held this year from March 28-30 at the Hilton Washington Hotel in
Washington, DC.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

  • President
    Joseph Chernisky reminded Directors that the Annual Membership meeting
    is scheduled for Friday, April 25, 2008 at Leeward Community College.  Committee
    chairs have been notified that their reports to be included in the
    Annual Membership meeting packet are due on Monday, April 14.  Committee chairs were asked to update their committee binders.  Additionally,
    he emphasized that we need to practice having clear communications
    between committee chairs, members, and staff to avoid any confusion as
    to the time, place, and date of a meeting.
  • A draft of a funding template was shared with Directors.  President
    Chernisky explained that to have due diligence in their fiduciary
    responsibilities, the Executive Committee would appreciate at least
    24-hours’ notice for any funding requests.  Because of the
    number of funding requests received recently and what may be
    anticipated in the future, a funding template has been created.  After it has been finalized, it will be put on UHPA’s website with guidelines.
  • President
    Chernisky and Executive Director J. N. Musto met with Governor Linda
    Lingle and her Senior Policy Advisor Linda Smith on February 13
    regarding the Hawaii Higher Education Commission.  The intent of the Commission is geared more toward K-12.
  • It was reported that 22 candidates have been selected for the Board of Regents.  Regents Andres Albano, Jr., Michael Dahilig, Ramon dela Pena, and Kitty Lagareta are among those selected.  To view the Regents Candidate Advisory Council selections, go to http://www.hawaii.edu/rcac/.
  • It has been nearly 5 ½ years since Bargaining Unit 7 members ratified the 2003-2009 Agreement between UHPA and the UH-BOR.  The faculty contract will expire on June 30, 2009, and UHPA’s priority will be to focus on negotiating the next contract.
  • President
    Chernisky expressed his appreciation to the chairs and members of the
    Collective Bargaining Committee, the Legislative/Political Action
    Committee, the Nominations and Elections Committee and to the Ad Hoc
    Committee on Special Projects.  They have all been working diligently on a multitude of things and putting in long hours.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

  • Executive Director J. N. Musto reported that the P-20 Council continues to meet.  The
    P-20 Council is a partnership of the Good Beginnings Alliance, the
    State of Hawaii Department of Education, and the University of Hawaii.  Their agenda focuses on preschool through postsecondary education.  For information about the P-20 Council go to http://www.p20hawaii.org/.  UH
    faculty members, including Director Karla Hayashi, have been
    participating in the American Diploma Project that reports that today’s
    workforce requires more education and training, with many high school
    graduates not prepared for college or work.  The Board of
    Education recently approved three graduating degrees—the normal
    18-credit degree, an advanced 24-credit degree, and a more advanced
    28-credit degree that concentrates on math and sciences.  To
    achieve a specific number of students graduating by the year 2020, the
    Council has sought commitments from employers, construction/technical
    unions, and the University of Hawaii to ensure that if high school
    graduates have those earned degrees, they would be accepted if they
    applied to their programs.
  • Hawaii AFL-CIO President Randy Perreira is the new Executive Director of the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA).  Executive Director Musto has discussed the scope of bargaining with the state on matters such as health benefits.  Of mutual interest to all public sector unions is having paid family leave including child care and care for the elderly.  The
    public sector unions will be meeting to discuss these issues and the
    best approach to achieve changes in public policies pertaining to them.
  • Directors were reminded that after July 1, 1996 newly hired public employees needed to work 25 years before they received the full health insurance premiums at retirement.  Employees with 10 years vested service would receive 50% health insurance coverage.  Those
    with 15 years vested service would receive 75% health insurance
    coverage, and employees with 25 years vested service would receive 100%
    health insurance coverage.  For public employees hired after July 1, 2001, the state will only pay the health insurance premiums at retirement for the retiree and not their spouse or dependants.  The spouse or dependant coverage is still offered, but the retiree must pay the full cost.  Employees
    are qualified to retire if they are 62 years or older (55 years for
    those that remained in the old contributory system) with 10 or more
    vested years of service.  If a faculty member, even if
    they are less than 62 years old, passes away during their employment,
    his or her spouse would receive health insurance coverage based on a
    prorated payout.  If a faculty member is already retired
    and death occurs, the spouse would receive health insurance coverage
    based on the election at retirement.  Information whether or not a domestic partner would receive similar benefits was not available.  Executive Director Musto indicated he would check on the matter further.
  • Associate
    Executive Director Jim Kardash provided an overview of the different
    contract matters, faculty issues, and complaints he has been
    addressing, which include the following:  ŒThe
    department/division policies for UH-Manoa, UH-Hilo, UH-West Oahu, and
    the Community Colleges received by UHPA have now been included on
    UHPA’s website under the Members Only section at http://uhpa.org/members-only/DPP.  For the past two months, many of the calls received concerned contract non-renewals.  Recently, UHPA has had more calls regarding denials of promotion or tenure cases.  ŽOver
    the last year, Kapiolani Community College’s administrators were
    attempting to implement policies that they consider to be guidelines
    regarding summer session teaching load.  The KCC administration has attempted to limit the number of courses that faculty members can teach during the Summer Session.  UHPA is filing a class grievance to deal with this issue directly.
  • Associate
    Executive Director Kristeen Hanselman reported that she has had similar
    complaint cases dealing with contract non-renewals and promotion
    denials.  Many of the problems stem from administrators’
    behaviors and attitudes toward individual faculty members, and the
    administrators’ ignoring the contract or failing to understand its
    terms.  Directors highly agreed that UH administrators,
    including department chairs, need to be more knowledgeable about the
    faculty contract and recommend that UHPA work with the UH
    administration to establish training programs.
  • Executive Director Musto reported that the UH Board of Regents’ monthly meeting was held at Honolulu Community College.  UHPA
    filed a class action grievance for violation of Article XXIII,
    Appointment, Duties, and Compensation for Academic Chairs, Section D,
    which indicates that the duties of academic chairs would be in a
    revised UH System Faculty Handbook.  This has deterred the Regents’ approval of the proposed change to BOR Policy 9-1a(3) regarding academic chairs.  (Note:  Since
    the time of the Board meeting, the UH System Administration has
    withdrawn the propose changes to the BOR policy and the creation of a
    new Administrative Policy concerning the duties of department chairs in
    response to UHPA’s class grievance.)

TREASURER’S REPORT

Treasurer Ming-Bao Yue reported on the fifth month (January 2008) of the UHPA fiscal year.    She
explained the various expenditures incurred for the past month that
includes attorney fees for the work done to be in compliance with the
not-for-profit corporate laws of Hawaii, outside service fees for the
design modifications of the Akala building, etc.  Directors passed a motion to receive the Treasurer’s report and to refer it to the Finance Committee.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

◘       President Chernisky reported that the Executive Committee approved two requests from the Ad Hoc Committee on Special Projects.  §Students
from Maui Community College, Leeward Community College and UH-Manoa are
planning a two-day visit with state legislators, UHPA’s lobbyist, and
UHPA leaders to experience and learn about Hawaii’s politics.  The visit is tentatively scheduled for March 13 and 14.  The Executive Committee passed a motion to approve $600 for the travel costs of five Maui Community College students.  Chair
Joshua Cooper was asked to communicate this activity with other
campuses via their student groups and suggest that funding for travel
expenditures be supported by those groups.  §The Fourth Annual Human Rights Day will be held on March 13.  The theme this year is “Human Rights: Quality of Life.”  Organizations will have their displays on the third floor of the State Capitol.  The Executive Committee passed a motion to approve $500 for tee shirts for volunteers and a banner to hang during the event.

◘       The
Executive Committee received additional information on the 2008 Hawaii
Symposium on Palestine; however, the event was already half way through
and there were still some unanswered questions.  Due to the untimely submission of the request, funding could not be considered.  The
Executive Committee also received a request from the Ad Hoc Women’s
Committee, who were participating in Women’s Rights Day by providing a
series of films that would be free to the public to view on March 8, 9,
10, and 14 at the Art Auditorium on the UH-Manoa campus.  Director Josh Cooper was instrumental in getting the films at no charge from the United Nations.  The
Women’s Committee requested funding for tee shirts for this event,
which had already begun and tee shirts still needed to be printed.  Due to the untimely submission of the request, funding could not be considered.

◘       Due
to the number of funding requests UHPA has received, a draft of a
funding request form has been created and shared with Directors.  Guidelines are still being worked on.  Directors agreed with the concept and felt it should be accessible to members via the UHPA website.

◘       Associate
Executive Director Kristeen Hanselman reported that in preparation for
Hawaii’s 2010 Constitutional Convention (Con Con), she has had meetings
and conversations with the leadership of the National Education
Association and the Hawaii State Teachers Association, namely with
their new Executive Director Michael McCartney.  The three
organizations have agreed to a coalition to do a base-line political
poll to deal with the issues relating to the Con Con and to determine
how to proceed.  Each party will put $20,000 toward this poll, which will be conducted by Market Trends Pacific, Inc.  Funding from UHPA will come from the PAC Fund.  Directors
were informed that if there is a Con Con, citizens of Hawaii will be
looking at 3-4 years attached to a new governance document that could
be radical, dealing with delegate selection, etc.  Directors passed a motion recommended by the Executive Committee to
designate $20,000 from the PAC Fund to be used to survey and poll
members in preparation for Hawaii’s Constitutional Convention
.

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING COMMITTEE

Directors received copies of UHPA’s
initial draft bargaining proposal package, including salary schedules,
for their review and input.  They were asked to send their comments/suggestions to UHPA by 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 10.  The draft document will be placed in the Board of Directors’ folder on the UHPA website, which would enable comments from them.  UHPA Executive Director Musto reviewed each of the changes being proposed.  The Collective Bargaining Committee will meet on April 11 to finalize the draft.  At
its monthly meeting on April 12, the Board of Directors will be asked
to approve the bargaining proposal for submission to the State’s Chief
Negotiator, the Board of Regents, and UH President David McClain.  On
Monday, April 14, UHPA Executive Director J. N. Musto will send a
formal letter to the employer, demanding that bargaining begin.  Directors
gave a round of applause to show their appreciation to UHPA Executive
Director Musto, Chair Karla Hayashi and members of the Collective
Bargaining Committee for their hard work and dedication in putting this
proposal together.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

In the absence of Chair Richard
Nettell, Associate Executive Director Hanselman reported that in the
interest of accruing funds for Con Con, the Legislative/Political
Action Committee agreed not to contribute the maximum amount allotted
political candidates in this second round of endorsements.  The recommended candidates will be posted on the website and may be viewed at http://uhpa.org/members-only/committees/legislative-political-action/uhpa-political-endorsements-for-march-2008/.  Directors passed the motion to approve the list of political endorsements and allowable contributions subject to the membership’s concurrence.  It
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.

The House has
approved HB2521 HD2 which provides funding for UH
maintenance and repairs from 2008 to 2014.  It has crossed over to the Senate.  Faculty members will be asked to submit
photos to UHPA of UH campus buildings in dire need of repair that can be shared
with legislators to support passage of this bill.  Photos will also be placed on UHPA’s website
and may be viewed at http://www.uhpa.org/legislature/photos-march-2008/

 

NOMINATIONS & ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

Chair Adrienne Valdez reported on the activities of the Nominations and Elections Committee.

  • Since UHPA needs
    about 300 proxies to meet the quorum requirements in order to take a
    vote on the Amended Articles and Amended By-Laws at the Annual
    Membership meeting on April 25, a plea was made for Directors and
    Faculty Representatives to contact their constituencies to turn those
    proxy forms into UHPA.  Even if members plan to attend the
    Annual Membership meeting, it is recommended that they submit their
    proxy forms, which can be taken back on April 25 if they wish to change
    their vote and attend in person.
  • The biographical
    information and personal statements of candidates running for the 2008
    UHPA Board of Directors’ election have been received and may be viewed
    at http://uhpa.org/members-only/2008-uhpa-board-of-directors-election/.  Only one-third of the UHPA Board of Directors is elected annually.  Active UHPA members in those constituencies have been sent written ballots.  The deadline for Board election ballots to be received at the UHPA office is 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 4, 2008.
  • During the week
    of March 17, all active UHPA members will be notified by email that
    nominations will be accepted for UHPA delegates to the 2008 NEA
    Representative Assembly (NEA-RA) meeting.  The NEA-RA is the annual meeting of the primary governance and policy-making body of the National Education Association.  This year, the NEA-RA will be held at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC from July 1 through July 6.  Delegates
    who currently serve as a Board of Director, a Faculty Representative,
    or as a committee member are allotted reimbursement of expenditures up
    to $800.  The deadline for nominations to be received at the UHPA office is 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2008.
  • Nominations for the election of Faculty Representatives will open shortly.  The entire election process will be conducted electronically.  It is anticipated that we may have 67 Faculty Rep positions up for election.
  • The election of
    officers and at-large Executive Committee members will take place at
    the UHPA Board of Directors’ May 10 monthly meeting.  Since UHPA President Joseph Chernisky is serving a two-year term, there will not be an election for the Office of President.  Current Directors are eligible to vote in this election.
  • Due to the
    resignation of Mari Nakamura, Faculty Representative for Primary
    Academic Unit (PAU) 124, Directors unanimously passed a motion to approve the appointment of Professor Mary Bass-Segura, Windward Community College, as the Faculty Representative for Primary Academic Unit 124 effective immediately.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Hawaii CC Director John Cole recently underwent surgery and is recuperating at home.  Directors requested that their get well wishes be conveyed to Director Cole for a speedy recovery.