Workplace Time to Express Milk

“The Right to Time and Place to Express Breastmilk” notice may be downloaded from the OHR website under HR Documents / Federal & State Posters

Please note there is a federal law on expressing breastmilk that is similar to the state law.  Information on the federal law was provided in 2010. 

Should you have any questions, please contact 956-8643.

UHPA Introduces New Technology to Respond to Demand for Increased Transparency and to Make UH a Better Institution

The program is designed to not only facilitate discussion among faculty, but also to serve as a way for UH administration, legislators, media and the general public to have a peek at what faculty are saying.

Under the direction of UHPA Board President David Duffy, the faculty union is stepping forward to facilitate these discussions to explore ways to make UH a better place to teach, conduct research and to provide community service.  Peter Kay, UHPA’s chief technology officer, has been providing advice on the best technology to enhance communications.

“We have a front-line perspective of what’s working and not working in the classrooms, for our students, and for our campuses,” said Duffy, a professor of botany at the University of Hawaii-Manoa since 1998. “Faculty are critical to the success of the University of Hawaii system. Admittedly, we’ve abdicated our role as champions and advocates of the UH to those who may not have had the best interests of the UH in mind.”

The Faculty Thought Leadership Series will be a campus-wide town hall meeting for faculty, featuring presentations by Duffy and others as well as opportunities for questions and answers and sharing suggestions and ideas.

UHPA will be videotaping these sessions and airing them on its Youtube channel for faculty to view after the event at

During each Faculty Thought Leadership Series session, UHPA will also capture faculty suggestions and post them on Ideascale, a tool used by other leading universities across the country. This will allow other faculty to join the conversation while the session is in progress or continue the online discussion after the session. UHPA members will be able to log in at and others will be able see what faculty are saying.

Annual School-Based Flu Vaccination Program

The Stop Flu at School, Hawaii’s school-located vaccination program, is an innovative partnership between the State of Hawaii Departments of Health and Education, the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, and Hawaii Catholic Schools. This program is endorsed by the Hawaii Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Hawaii Association of Family Practitioners. The Stop Flu at School program aims to improve the health of Hawaii’s keiki, families, and kupuna by preventing the spread of influenza (flu) through vaccination.

Through the Stop Flu at School program, all children attending participating elementary and middle schools are offered FREE flu vaccine at school, during the school day. The program is voluntary for schools and students.  Visit for the list of participating schools and their clinic dates.  Vaccinations will begin in October 2013.  Stop flu at school consent forms due 9/6/2013!

For more information about the Stop Flu at School program, visit or call 2-1-1.

“I Am Mystified”



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:

brochure about the SIUW 2013 and class offerings:
Scholarship Application for SIUW 2013: