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National Asian/Pacific Islander Community to Honor Local 5, Esera Tuaolo


WHAT:  The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Association (NQAPIA) will be hosting its annual Community Catalyst Awards to recognize outstanding service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.  This year’s honorees include UNITE HERE, Local 5, and Esera Tuaolo, local boy from Waimanalo, openly gay former NFL football player, and LGBT activist.  Light pupus included.  No-host bar.

WHERE:  Queen Kapiolani Hotel (150 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu)

WHEN:  July 27, 2013, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

HOW:  Tickets are $35.00/ $25.00 Kama‘aina rate.  Advance reservations recommended!

WHY:     NQAPIA is a federation of AAPI LGBT organizations based in Washington, DC that seeks to build the capacity of local AAPI LGBT organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias.


UH Faculty Paychecks to be Increased Beginning This Month

3% Salary Increase Across the Board

UH faculty can expect to receive slightly bigger paychecks, beginning this summer, thanks to the terms of our current agreement. Effective July 1, 2013 faculty received a 3% increase to their base salaries.  Faculty on 11-month appointments will receive the increase in the July 19th paycheck, and faculty on 9-month appointments, whose duty period begins on August 15th, will receive the increase in the August 20th paycheck.

Another 3% pay increase to your base salary is scheduled on July 1, 2014.

Restoring Salary Reductions

In addition, faculty hired before December 31, 2009 can expect to receive more money in August. As a way to support the University of Hawaii system during a difficult economic period, in 2009 UHPA members agreed to a temporary pay reduction, with an agreement from the UH administration and the Board of Regents that the amount would be restored over time. As a result, effective August 1, 2013 faculty will receive a lump sum payment equivalent to 25% of the total temporary salary reduction that was made from January 1, 2010.

More to Come

This will be the second lump sum payment to faculty; the first was paid out last August 1, 2012. A third and final lump sum payment equivalent to 50% of the total temporary salary reduction, will be effective August 1, 2014.

Former Administrators Receiving Substantial Salaries

While this is good news, we see a disturbing trend with former administrators moving into tenured faculty positions and demanding large salaries. Ultimately, this will have a negative impact on students and on the quality of teaching and research within the UH system as funds allocated for faculty salaries must be set aside for former administrators to receive special treatment.

Unfortunately, these types of perks are viewed as an entitlement and part of the “golden parachute” for those who are no longer serving in executive administrative positions, and have received secure, safe landings as a tenured faculty member by action of the Board of Regents as part of their individual employment agreements. UHPA has raised these concerns again with the Board of Regents as they begin another search to find a new UH president.  UHPA believes these “past practices” should not be included in the final “compensation package” for the next President.

Does the University of Hawaii even need a new president?

Does the University of Hawaii even need a new president?


That’s the argument being raised by the university’s faculty union — the University of Hawaii Professional Association. UHPA has for years urged UH to overhaul its governance structure, including eliminating the president’s post, so it can better manage its finances and establish clearer, more efficient lines of authority.


UHPA leaders and other critics say the current structure, which includes one university-wide president and a chancellor for each of the 10 campuses, is a recipe for dysfunction. They cite vague relationships among the president, chancellors and Board of Regents and “administrative redundancy,” among other systemic flaws.


J.N. Musto, UHPA’s executive director, says the delegation of tasks, such as oversight and control of the athletics program, is muddled, often making it confusing as to which administrator is accountable for specific duties.


“The paradigm in management is you can delegate authority but you can’t delegate responsibility,” he said. “That’s worked the other way around here.”


Read the full article here on Civil Beat

Making it harder to defend the concept of tenure

M.R.C. Greenwood’s alleged next job will be earning nearly $300k/yr as a tenured professor at the UH School of Medicine. 


J.N. Musto was interviewed by KHON on this recent development. 

Watch the coverage from KHON.

Two UHPA Scholarships Available for Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women


UHPA Scholarships for UHPA
WOMEN Faculty Representatives, Committee Members & Active Members!

The UHPA Board of Directors is
awarding scholarships to two UHPA women members to attend the 32nd Annual
Summer Institute for Union Women, which is being held this year from June 25-29,
2013 at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.  The scholarship will be for up to $2000 with
valid receipts and may be used for air and ground transportation, the SIUW
registration fee, and incidentals.  The
registration fee includes lodging, most meals, classes, special events, and
class materials [$675 for single room; $475 for double room per person].  No rooms are available for nonconference
partners or friends.

Women from
unions across the western U.S. and Canada will meet to share ideas, strategies,
information and build solidarity. This leadership development institute,
specifically for women in their unions, is always energizing, educational and

Over 35 UHPA
women have attended past Institutes and highly recommend it.

application deadline for an UHPA scholarship is on May 10, 2013.

Click on the following links for more
information and the UHPA Application:

flyer about SIUW 2013:  http://www.uhpa.org/news/announcement-of-available-uhpa-scholarship-to-attend-the-2013-summer-institute-for-union-women/view.

brochure about the SIUW 2013 and class offerings: http://www.uhpa.org/news/2013-siuw-brochure/view.
Scholarship Application for SIUW 2013:  http://www.uhpa.org/news/2013-uhpa-scholarship-application-for-siuw/view.




ALERT – Federal STEM Funding at Risk

Senator Schatz and others are seeking to delay implementation of the proposal to contain damage to many STEM programs across the country.  A letter drafted and signed by Senator Schatz and a bi-partisan group of senators was sent to the Appropriations Committee.

will be provided as this situation is addressed in Congress.