EUTF Open Enrollment Postponed

The EUTF open enrollment period originally scheduled for 5/18/09 – 6/12/09, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. 

2009 Open Enrollment Notice

Statement on Workplace Nonviolence on UH Campuses by President David McClain

University of Hawai‘i policy expressly prohibits workplace violence on our campuses.  Workplace violence includes physical attack, property damage, verbal statements that express, or physical conduct that suggests, physical or mental harm to others. 

Neither the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act nor Hawai‘i’s Uniform Information Practices Act protects the confidentiality of threats made or expressed.  Further, these Acts authorize the disclosure of information to protect the health and safety of individuals, including members of the University community.

All reported incidents will be addressed swiftly and appropriately in accordance with this policy.  Appropriate action may include notifying the alleged victim, other campus officials and the local law enforcement office.

The University supports zero-tolerance for violence on its campuses.  Employees and students are encouraged to report all incidents to their supervisors or advisers.

University of Hawai‘i’s Executive Policy E9.210 on Workplace Non-Violence (http://www.hawaii.edu/svpa/ep/e9/e9210.pdf) has additional information.  Employees who have questions should contact the campus human resources office.  Students with questions should contact the campus dean or vice chancellors for student affairs office.

Immediate Legislative Action Needed by Friday Noon!

Governor Lingle announced she is vetoing tax increases contained within the budget passed by the Legislature. The budget does not include the $278 million demanded by the Governor for employee compensation cuts.

The budget does contain a reduction in funds for the University of Hawaii which will become worse if the tax increases are not implemented. An override of the Governor’s veto is needed to maintain the balanced budget passed by the Legislature.

It is critical that legislators hear that faculty support an override of the Governor’s vetoes. Legislators need to hear from faculty by noon on Friday May 8 which is the last day of the legislative session.

Please call or email legislators and send them a message that faculty support an override of any vetoes by Governor Lingle.  Of most concern is the Senate where there are some undecided legislators.

A sample message might include:

Dear Senator,

I support an override of Governor Lingle’s vetoes.  As a UH faculty member, I am committed to providing a quality education and know that increased tax revenues are needed to ensure students are not shortchanged.

Please support higher education and override the vetoes.

There will be significant email traffic received by legislators, so ensure they get your message by placing on the subject line, “I support the override of vetoes”

As always send a copy to UHPA at reply@uhpa.org

Contact information:

Senate

House

NEW UHPA OFFICERS & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTED!

UHPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECT NEW OFFICERS 

At its meeting on Saturday, April 25, the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) 24-member Board of Directors have elected Duane Stevens, Professor of Meteorology at UH-Manoa, to a two-year term as President.  Professor Stevens follows Professor Joseph Chernisky, Leeward CC, as president of the union.   Professor Chernisky will complete six years on the Board this fall when his final term on the Board will end. 

Newly elected Board member Dennis Vanairsdale, Professor of Accountancy at Kapiolani Community College, has been elected to the one year term as Vice President.  Current UHPA Secretary, Karla Hayashi, UH-Hilo, was re-elected to her third one year term for that office, and former UHPA Vice President, Adrienne Valdez, UH-West Oahu, was elected to a one year term as UHPA Treasurer.  All four officers assume office immediately.

The four officers were also elected to UHPA’s Executive Committee.  Others elected to serve on the Executive Committee are Brenda Cartwright of UH-Manoa, Paulette Feeney of UH-Manoa, and newly elected Director Vincent Linares of Maui Community College.

Health Insurance Rates Increase July 1, 2009

The greatest contention is over the self-insured benefits and premiums for the HMSA PPO medical insurance coverage.  These interim rates are approximately 23% higher than this year’s rates.  Also, the Governor has indicated that the employer will not continue to pay 60% of the premiums.  The just approved legislative budget continues to provide the EUTF with the same funding as it received last year.  The impact will be that any increase in premiums will be borne totally by the public employee beneficiaries of the fund.  This will likely take the percentage of the rates paid by the employer and the employee from 60-40% to a level close to 50-50%.  You can estimate your costs by taking half of the total premium for each of the health insurance coverage listed.  The Kaiser premium has increased by approximately 6%.  The Governor’s current position in bargaining is to eliminate all employer contributions for the medical chiropractic coverage, dental and vision insurance coverage.  This means the employees would have to pay the entire cost.  However, these interim rates will continue the employer’s current contribution amounts.  The EUTF will accept requests from employees to change coverage from HMSA to Kaiser during this interim period if the higher interim rates are too burdensome.  You should send those requests directly to the EUTF.  The letter and tables from the EUTF Administrator explains the new rates during the interim period.  The employer’s contribution remains an issue in negotiations with HGEA, UPW, HSTA, and UHPA. 

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April/May Schedule of Campus Meetings: Update on Bargaining


UH-MANOA             

Wednesday, April 29 (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) Hemenway Hall Theater

Thursday, April 30 (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) Hemenway Hall Theater

 

UH-HILO/HAWAII CC

Tuesday, April 28 (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) UCB 127

 

UH-WEST OAHU/LEEWARD CC  (Please note change in date and time.)

Thursday, May 7 (9:30-11:00 a.m.) Leeward CC, GT 105

 

HONOLULU CC

Thursday, April 30 (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.) Kapalama Multi-Media Conference Center, 2/201

 

KAPIOLANI CC  (Please note change in location)

Monday, May 4 (12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.) Ohia 118

 

KAUAI CC

Friday, May 1 (12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.) One Stop Center, Rooms 207B and 207C

 

MAUI CC

Monday, April 27 (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.) Science 10A

 

WINDWARD CC/ETC   (Please note change in time)

Tuesday, May 5 (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.) Akoakoa 105

Legislation Update