EUTF Premium Rates for Faculty in Bargaining Unit 7 Not Yet Determined

The faculty contract for Bargaining Unit 7 determines the employer’s contribution for health premiums to the EUTF based on the highest premium contribution made to any one of the other 12 public employee bargaining units.  The rates have been set through contract negotiations for the HGEA, UPW, and HSTA bargaining units (you can find those on the EUTF website) but the negotiations for the police and fire fighters, Units 9 and 10, have not been completed.  Those employer contribution rates could be higher (which means lower costs being paid by the faculty-employee) than those already negotiated by the other unions, therefore, the rates for the UH faculty will not be set until these two contracts are also completed.

UHPA Board of Directors Elects New Officers

David Duffy has been a professor of botany at the University of Hawaii-Manoa since 1998. He serves as a graduate professor of zoology as well as ecology, evolution and conservation biology.  Duffy has also served as director of the Hawaiian Pacific Island Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit since 2004.

 

UHPA President Duffy

“The legislature’s increased demand for more accountability and transparency of the UH administration is having an adverse impact on UH faculty and our programs,” said Duffy, who has been responsible for obtaining $150 million and creating 300 jobs through more than 950 grants and projects in collaboration with state, federal and private agencies. “It is imperative that UHPA solidify its role as the voice of faculty — independent of the UH administration.”

“Although our nearly 4,000 members may have diverse perspectives on various issues, we all agree on the need for a singular focus: contract negotiation and contract enforcement. Without these as our foremost priorities, our voice will be diminished and our efforts diluted,” said Duffy, who earned doctorate degree in population biology from Princeton University.

“In the past, we have shown that UHPA has been a strong voice in the political arena,” Duffy said. “With our contract tied to legislative funding, UHPA must continue to represent the interests of our members, especially as we prepare for the election season and enter negotiations for our new contract.

The other officers are:

  • Sharon Rowe has been a professor at Kapiolani Community College since 1989, teaching courses in philosophy, world religions, and ballet.  She earned bachelor of arts, master of arts and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Rowe also has a master of fine arts degree in theater and dance from the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

 

  • Rosiana “Nani” Azman is an assistant professor of psychology at University of Hawaii Maui College. She earned a bachelor of arts degree with distinction in psychology, master of arts degree in psychology, and doctorate degree in psychology, all from the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

 

  • Robert Cooney is an associate professor of public health sciences at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where he teaches and continues his research in the area of lipid micronutrients and disease prevention. He has been with the University of Hawaii since 1984, studying the DNA damaging reactions of nitrogen oxides. Cooney received a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry and biology from Washington University in St. Louis and his doctorate degree in chemistry from the University of California at San Diego. He also did a post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA before joining the University of Hawaii.

 

University of Hawaii Community College Policy #9.237 Teaching Equivalencies

The final version of the Teaching Equivalences for Community
Colleges
will go into effect July 1, 2013.  This policy is a result of
extensive discussions between UHPA and UH Vice President of Community Colleges
as agreed upon in a Memorandum of Understanding contained in the
collective bargaining agreement.  In the near future a website where teaching equivalences
for each course will be available.

University of Hawaii Community College Policy #9.237 Teaching Equivalencies

The final version of the Teaching Equivalences for Community
Colleges
will go into effect July 1, 2013.  This policy is a result of
extensive discussions between UHPA and UH Vice President of Community Colleges
as agreed upon in a Memorandum of Understanding contained in the
collective bargaining agreement.  In the near future a website where teaching equivalences
for each course will be available.

University of Hawaii Community College Policy #9.237 Teaching Equivalencies

2013 EUTF Health Care Open Enrollment Informational Sessions

For Oahu members with digital TV:

  • Focus 49:  April 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm and April 25, 2013 at 8:00 am

 

For Oahu members without digital TV:

  • View 54:  April 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm and April 29, 2013 at 4:30 pm

 

For neighbor island members & others, you may view the video online (will be made available on 4/24/13):

  • Go to olelo.org
  • Click on OleloNet located in the Watch Olelo Online section
  • Enter “EUTF Open Enrollment” in the Search Field

 

Click here to view the memo from the EUTF office with open enrollment reminders.

Q & A Regarding EUTF Health Care Premiums Effective July 1, 2013

QUESTION:

Although the EUTF Open Enrollment period has already begun, it is very difficult to make informed choices regarding health care without knowing the precise costs involved.  What percentage of our health care premiums will our employer be assuming?

ANSWER:

The rates paid by faculty members will be based on the highest employer contribution for any other public sector bargaining on contracts negotiated after June 1, 2009.  Not all of the other bargaining units have completed bargaining for those effective rates on July 1, 2013, therefore, you will not know until those negotiations are completed for all units what your employee contribution will be for the various EUTF options.  The negotiations or interest arbitrations may go past July 1, 2013, so there might need to be retroactive adjustments in the premiums charged to bargaining unit 7 faculty members.  What you do know is that the rates will be the lowest paid by other public sector workers based on the plan you select.
 
By the way, the percentages are not helpful, since it depends on which plan premium those percentages are to be applied.  HSTA, unfortunately, just tied the premium rates for all EUTF plans to lowest cost HMSA option, the front end deductible 75-25 plan.  The HGEA has stated that they will not take that lower employer contribution.  The “60% employer” is deceiving, and the HSTA has put the other unions, from police and fire fighters to HGEA civil service, in a difficult position.
 
As for the premium rates themselves and the coverage options, these subjects are outside of the scope of bargaining under HRS Chapter 89.  Obviously, this is an unusual exclusion from collective bargaining, but it has a very long history in the State of Hawaii.
 
This is the most complete answer you can be given at this time, pending the settlements from the other unions.  Again, UHPA’s negotiated “favored nations” clause has protected us from the single misstep by one union, and assures you the most support for your EUTF choice that the legislature authorizes through collective bargaining.

Open Enrollment and New Health Plans

See memo from Sandi Yahiro, Acting Administrator for details.