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

Click here to link to information on the proposed Bylaw changes.  A link to this information will also be provided on the ballot. 

The use of electronic balloting is now allowed by recent Hawaii legislation. This will enhance membership participation, reduce costs to UHPA, and provides a secure vehicle to permit membership actions in a timely manner. 

Please vote to approve or disapprove the proposed Bylaws. For adoption of the Amended and Restated Bylaws UHPA must receive the affirmative vote of not less than 20% of our Active Membership.

Please vote to ensure enough ballots are cast to approve or disapprove the proposed UHPA Bylaws. All ballots must be received by January 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm.


UHPA Contract Provision Triggers EUTF Refunds for Faculty

The language requires the Employer to pay not less than the highest
percentage rate or monthly contribution for UH Faculty health benefit plans
that it paid for any other public sector bargaining unit heath premiums during
the same months. From July 1 to November 1, 2011, the United Public Workers
contract called for a higher Employer premium percentage than contained in the
UHPA contract, which triggered the “most favored nation” language.

Thanks to Article XXII in the UHPA contract, current and former UH
Faculty who were enrolled in the EUTF plan(s) (i.e., medical, drug, dental and
vision) during the period July 1, 2011 through November 30, 2011 have been
reimbursed up to a maximum of four (4) months of the dollar difference between
the negotiated UHPA and UPW premium amounts.

If you did not receive a refund check and think you should have,
contact your Human Resources Representative or the Office of Human Resources
(956-8643 or email uh-benefits-l@lists.hawaii.edu).

Mazie Hirono Signwaving!

Come out and sign wave for Mazie Hirono on Friday, November 2nd, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in front of the Kamehameha Statue on King Street. For more information or if you have questions, contact 536-3292.

UHPA Helps Members Make Informed Mayoral Race Decisions

Typically, UHPA does not endorse candidates in mayoral races and has limited
its endorsements to federal or state races because of the impact these other candidates
can have on the UH and public higher education.  Rather than an outright endorsement, faculty
responding to the survey were open to receiving information about the
candidates, so they could make a decision for themselves.

Since mayors do not have direct involvement in
statewide issues or educational issues, faculty responding in the survey
indicated that UHPA should not make mayoral endorsements.  However, others pointed out that the
University of Hawaii system is a statewide organization that operates in many
counties and that there are other issues outside of education within the
county’s jurisdiction that can impact the quality of life for faculty and
students.  This is particularly true for
the Honolulu mayoral race, as underscored by the following comments from
faculty responding in the survey:

“UH issues
concerning UHPA members affect and are affected by  
          county leadership.”

    –     “…City
services and politics do impact UH-Manoa, West Oahu and
          the four community

    –     “County mayors are responsible for many
decisions that affect our
          campuses. Among other areas, these include: mass

          transportation, sewer lines, waste water treatment, trash pick up

    –     “There are issues that are tied to Honolulu
mayoral races affect
          our well-being and lifestyle that, in turn, influence our

          performance as faculty.”

As these faculty
noted, there are broader issues that can affect UH faculty and students outside
the scope of education.  It is important
to note that while serving in the Hawaii State House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008, Kirk Caldwell advocated for a number of issues  designed to improve the quality of life of
those who live and work in Manoa Valley, which included the University of
Hawaii.  He also served as chairman of the House Committee on Labor and Public Employment from 2004 to 2006.

Rail transit has been
a dominant part of the mayoral race. While
Ben Cayetano is opposed to rail, Kirk Caldwell would like to see rail continue
to proceed.  Based on the survey, there
are some faculty who also see the value of rail:

    –    “Rail is a major issue that affects UH.  It needs to be implemented
         and it needs to be
extended to Manoa.  Cayetano would
         this entirely, while Caldwell has expressed support for such an


    –    “Rail is a critical issue for UH growth and
development.  We should
         support the
candidate who supports rail.”

Finally, preserving the right to collective
bargaining is important to all faculty and the mayors of all counties vote on contracts
involving HGEA, UPW and Fire Fighters. Although these union members are county
employees, they can affect the contract negotiations with other public-sector
unions such as UHPA.  Many faculty who
have been with the UH system for more than 10 years may recall the 2001 faculty
strike under then Governor Ben Cayetano.  For more details, visit the UHPA website,
click on Faculty Contract in the menu on the left-hand column, then click on
Archives (1999-2001 Faculty without Contract).

As you make your voting decisions for the general election, please keep in mind
that county mayors do in fact influence the overall quality of life for you,
our students, and our campuses.


UHPA Provides Response to UH Proposed Whistleblower and Retaliation Policy

The proposed Whistleblower and
Retaliation Policy
affects many faculty members.  Policies  that address
research integrity must be implemented with care.  UHPA finds this proposal has
significant defects which will create implementation and enforcement problems.  View UHPA’s response.

UHPA Sponsors Informational Financial Planning Seminars for Members


The seminars are two hours and you can come to both or the hour that interests you most.

•    The first hour will deal with general concerns, but not limited to the Employee Retirement System (ERS); Island Savings, 403(b) Accounts; Family/Sick Leave and the Employer-Union Trust Fund (EUTF).

•    The second hour is designed for our newer and younger faculty and will deal with budgeting, housing, keiki education, and managing benefits and their costs.

Robert Borek, a financial consultant with LPL Financial, has been commissioned by UHPA to provide this seminar and appropriate materials for your use. There is no cost to UHPA members.

There is no registration or sign up.

  • October 24th – UH Manoa (Campus Ctr 307) from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • October 25th – Leeward CC (GT 105) from 10:00 am to 12 noon
  • October 26th – Kauai CC (Tech 114) from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • October 31st – Kapiolani CC (Ohia 118) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
  • November 1st – West Oahu (Library Room 217) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
  • November 5th – Windward CC (Akoakoa 105) from 12 noon to 2:00 pm
  • November 7th – UH-Hilo (UCB 127) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm
  • November 7th – Hawaii CC (Cafeteria) from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
  • November 8th – UH Manoa (Campus Center 307) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
  • November 9th – Maui College (Laulima 225) from 10:00 am to 12 noon
  • November 13th – Honolulu CC (Bldg 4, Room 23B) from 10:00 am to 12 noon


Click here for the flyer

Mazie Hirono Debate Sign Waving

Tuesday KITV Debate – Sign Wave:

4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
KITV Studios – 801 S. King St.
(Between Cooke St. & Ward Ave.)

Thursday PBS Debate – Sign Wave:

4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
PBS Studios – 2350 Dole St.
(Dole St. & University Ave.)