Video and Presentation Materials from Budget Workshop Now Available

The All Campus Council of the Faculty Senate Chairs (ACCFSC), composed of faculty leaders representing all 10 University of Hawai`i system campuses statewide, held a two-day workshop at the UH William S. Richardson School of Law on Friday and Saturday, January 7 and 8.

The workshop, which was sponsored by UHPA, was designed to equip faculty to better understand the budgeting process and to raise the level of fiscal accountability across the UH system. It was facilitated by professors respected for their expertise in evaluating university budgets across the nation. Rudy Fichtenbaum, Professor of Economics with the Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and Howard J. Bunsis, Professor of Accounting at Eastern Michigan University, who also holds a law degree, led the workshop.

If you were not able to attend the workshop, a video and slide presentation is now available for viewing.  The materials also include the UH audited financial statements, the 2009-2011 biennium budget and expenditure trends from fiscal years 2006-2006 to 2009-2010.

Identity Theft Coverage Available for UHPA Members

If you’re an UHPA member and would like to report a possible identity theft event, please contact the UHPA office at (808)593-2157.  An UHPA representative will submit a “Report Theft Event” form directly to ID Experts for you.  Once the form is submitted, a member of the ID Experts Recovery Department will contact you within 1 business day (typically within 2 business hours).

If you need more information or have any general questions, please go to their website at www.idexpertscorp.com.

 

COME MARCH WITH UHPA! Monday, January 17, 2011, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Rally

The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. from Magic Island, Ala Moana Park and will take no more than 90 minutes to walk to Kapiolani Park via Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the small 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 your UHPA shirt and/or hat, comfortable shoes and sunscreen. Water will be provided.

Free UHPA shirts to the first 10 who sign in!
Free UHPA hats to all participants!

TIME: Meet at 8:30 a.m. The parade begins at 9:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Look for the UHPA banner in the small parking lot next to the canoe storage area at the Magic Island end of Ala Moana Park.

PARADE ROUTE: From Magic Island, Ala Moana Park to Kapiolani Park via Ala Moana Blvd. and Kalakaua Ave. The route is about 1.7 miles and will take about 90 minutes to walk.

WEAR: UHPA shirt and/or hat, comfortable shoes, and sunscreen. Water will be provided.

AFTER THE PARADE: Stay for the unity rally, entertainment, food booths, community booths, and children’s playground at Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Information on related events is available at the Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition Hawaii website:  http://mlk-hawaii.com/home/

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy linking labor, civil and human rights. This is an important day for union members, especially government employees, because Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis while supporting municipal garbage workers on strike.  His legacy of civil rights and human dignity (the Memphis garbage workers carried signs, “I am a Man”) is an important message for contemporary struggles linking labor, civil and human rights.

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.”

COME MARCH WITH UHPA! Monday, January 17, 2011, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Rally

The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. from Magic Island, Ala Moana Park and will take no more than 90 minutes to walk to Kapiolani Park via Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the small 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 your UHPA shirt and/or hat, comfortable shoes and sunscreen. Water will be provided.

Free UHPA shirts to the first 10 who sign in!
Free UHPA hats to all participants!

TIME: Meet at 8:30 a.m. The parade begins at 9:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Look for the UHPA banner in the small parking lot next to the canoe storage area at the Magic Island end of Ala Moana Park.

PARADE ROUTE: From Magic Island, Ala Moana Park to Kapiolani Park via Ala Moana Blvd. and Kalakaua Ave. The route is about 1.7 miles and will take about 90 minutes to walk.

WEAR: UHPA shirt and/or hat, comfortable shoes, and sunscreen. Water will be provided.

AFTER THE PARADE: Stay for the unity rally, entertainment, food booths, community booths, and children’s playground at Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Information on related events is available at the Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition Hawaii website:  http://mlk-hawaii.com/home/

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy linking labor, civil and human rights. This is an important day for union members, especially government employees, because Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis while supporting municipal garbage workers on strike.  His legacy of civil rights and human dignity (the Memphis garbage workers carried signs, “I am a Man”) is an important message for contemporary struggles linking labor, civil and human rights.

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.”

COME MARCH WITH UHPA! Monday, January 17, 2011, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Rally

ALERT–Kaiser Comprehensive Subscribers Only

Kaiser Comprehensive insurance rates will be increased in two parts.  First, on January 1st Kaiser Comprehensive rates will be increased as a result of Hawaii State Teachers Assn (HSTA) negotiating a higher rate effective that date.  The employer’s contribution on behalf of bargaining unit 7 members is based on the “best” contribution made to any other public employees.  HSTA had a subsidized VEBA rate which they agreed to change when they returned to the EUTF January 1st.  The EUTF rates for Kaiser will go up on March 1, for all public employees including the DOE teachers, but at that time Gov. Abercrombie has agreed to increase the employer’s contribution to 60%, from the current contribution of less than 50%

 

Governor Abercrombie and Unions Agree to an Increase in Employer’s Contribution to the EUTF

 

A note from Executive Director J.N. Musto:

After a series of meetings (Click here to view the MOA, and Exhibit A with the premium payment amounts.  These increases take effect on March 1, 2011, and correspond to the new premium rates for the HMA, HMSA, and Kaiser plans, and the other health insurance coverage options.

I am extremely pleased with Governor Abercrombie’s immediate response to the crisis that developed over the last two years when the State administration refused any contributed increase funding in the face of double digit premium increases that ended up being borne completely by all public employees.  The Governor deserves our collective recognition for his taking this decisive action.

The EUTF has begun an open enrollment period for all public employees to change their selection of health insurance coverage.  A schedule of informational briefings has been posted on the EUTF website http://www.eutf.hawaii.gov/ under 2011 Open Enrollment Information.  These changes will take effect March 1, 2011.

Despite the Hawaii State Teachers’ Association filing a law suit against the EUTF to prevent the DOE teachers from having to participate in the EUTF, as provided by law, the EUTF Trustees on December 23rd extended the Open Enrollment for current active and retired public employees to those teachers wishing to participate in a EUTF health insurance benefit plan.  The EUTF has sent a memo to all teachers describing the EUTF’s response to the law suit and the judge’s order.  The Attorney General is appealing the judge’s order, despite his refusal to grant an injunction to prevent the teachers from having to return to the EUTF.

Click to view the EUTF Employee/Employer Contribution worksheet with rates effective March 1, 2011.

Click to view the unofficial comparison of the current BU07 employee contributions and the 2011 BU07 employee contributions worksheet.

 

UH Budget Workshop For Faculty – Now Open to Staff

Please encourage staff members to join us this Friday and Saturday, January 7 & 8, 2011 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm in Classroom 2 of the William S. Richardson School of Law (WSRSL) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa for a two-day Budget Workshop run by Professors Rudy Fichtenbaum [Economics-Wright University] and Howard Bunsis [Accounting-Eastern Michigan University] who are experts in analyzing university budgets across the nation.  The Workshop is hosted by the All Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs (ACCFSC) and is sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly (UHPA).

Click here to view a draft agenda for the workshop which is included in the information flier. Some topics that will be covered are:

  • Difference between budgets and actual financial statements;
  • Fund accounting versus accrual accounting versus cash-basis accounting;
  • Basic setup of the UH System;
  • Revenue breakdown: where does UH receive money from; analysis of percentage changes over time;
  • Expense breakdown: where does the money go; is the UH system being true to its core academic mission.

All UH faculty and staff members can RSVP to attend this event in person or to access the event electronically through the STAN videoconferencing system. Those who are unable to attend in-person or electronically may also request an electronic recording of the event. Registration and attendance are free.

For more information about this event or to RSVP to attend this event in person, access the event electronically, or receive an electronic recording, please follow the detailed directions in the information flier.

Please contact Kristin Herrick at herrickk@hawaii.edu or by calling 956-7725 if you have any questions or concerns.

We look forward to seeing you there!