UHPA Faculty Representative Forum – February 7, 2015

UHPA Faculty Representatives will assemble to hear Noriko Nakamura, President and CEO of Poppins Corporation and the Honorable David Ige at the Spring Faculty Forum scheduled on Saturday, February 7, 2015.  Noriko Nakamura is the leader in establishing quality childcare for working families in Japan.  She will be speaking on the Poppins experience and a vision for what can happen in Hawaii.

Governor Ige will also be speaking at the Forum and discussing his goals for the future of higher education and the challenges for the University of Hawaii.

Who is your Faculty Rep? Find them online!

We at UHPA are happy to announce that you can quickly and easily find your duly elected Faculty Representative along with their associated UHPA Board Member.  Just select your campus and if necessary, enter a few key words that relate to your department. Enjoy!

FacFAQs: Implementing DPC Changes in 2015-2017 Agreement

Marla is the department chair in the Psychology department at Lehua U, and just noticed that in the new 2015 to 2017 contract that there is a change in Article X for the department personnel committee procedures. The change states that now DPC members must be at or higher in rank than the applicant, which throws a bit of a monkey wrench in the current panel, specifically in regards to promotions. She mentioned this to the DC of Math who informed her that they already implemented the change when they elected DPC members in August, so they don’t have any problems. Uh oh. What should Marla do now?



Until midnight on June 30th, the 2009-2015 contract is still in effect. Although the Math department had the foresight to make the necessary changes ahead of time, they were under no obligation to do so. At the next department meeting, Marla brings this issue to the attention of her colleagues. They brought up the idea of just using alternates until the next round of votes is called for in the written departmental procedures, and also the option of voting on an amendment to the departmental procedures to hold a new vote. Because they are a small department, they voted unanimously to add an amendment to hold another vote, ran the changes by UHPA for approval, and are scheduled to re-vote in August 2015.

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Arbitration Victory for UHPA and Mironesco Gets Major News Coverage

UHPA held a news conference regarding the recent arbitration decision and we’re happy that this important story was covered by several news outlets.

Watch KITV news coverage

Watch KHON2 news coverage

See national coverage – Inside Higher Ed Article (1/12/15)


Wrongfully Fired University of Hawaii-West Oahu Professor Gets Her Job Back


Date:         January 8, 2015
Contact:   Kris Hanselman  (808) 593-2157

Historic Landmark Arbitration Has National Implications for Faculty Union Agreements

Monique Mironesco, Ph.D., an associate professor of political science at University of Hawaii-West Oahu (UHWO) for the past decade, is happy to resume teaching this semester, thanks to the intervention of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA), the faculty union, and her colleagues, both UHWO faculty and administrators.

Mironesco’s successful career would have come to an abrupt end had she not filed a grievance. Seeing the grave injustice, others readily stepped forward for her support, including UHWO administrators, who typically are on the other side of the table opposing faculty rights.

These administrators included Gene Awakuni, Ph.D., former chancellor at UH-West Oahu; and Linda Johnsrud, Ph.D., former vice-chancellor for academic affairs at UH-West Oahu and former executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at UH-Manoa.

Also testifying in Mironesco’s favor were Louis Herman, Ph.D., a political science colleague at UH-West Oahu; Joseph Mobley, Ph.D., former vice-chancellor for academic affairs at UH-West Oahu and currently professor of the UH-Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene; and Neva Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, Ph.D., former chancellor for academic affairs at UH-West Oahu.

“The gravity of this case moved both faculty and administrators to come to Mironesco’s defense,” said J. N. Musto, UHPA’s executive director and chief negotiator. “It shows meritocracy, doing good work, still prevails. It has restored the faith of faculty who have felt completely helpless against the whims of administrators. Those who try to make up their own rules cannot always get away with it.”

Mironesco’s Landmark Case

Mironesco’s landmark case is a story of what can happen without contractual safeguards in place to protect against unfair labor practices. She had an outstanding track record at UHWO and served as an advocate for those in underserved communities – all while serving in a temporary position.

When a permanent position became available, a new administrator circumvented the contract terms and wanted to conduct a nationwide search to fill the position, instead of offering the position to Mironesco, who had proven she was more than capable of the position’s requirements.

An 18-month battle ensued that led to arbitration, which concluded UHWO did not honor the terms in the agreement, and that there is no separation between a position and a person. This is in keeping with the intent of the current collective bargaining agreement that extends to June 2015.

The final decision: No national search, and Mironesco should be restored to her rightful position at UHWO, thanks to the provisions negotiated in the UHPA contract and the overwhelming support from administrators and faculty.


Mironesco started as a lecturer in the social sciences division at UHWO in 2002, and had been promoted twice over the past 10 years. Mironesco was promoted to assistant professor in 2007, and promoted again to associate professor in 2012 in no small part due to her work building the Social Sciences program and integration of service-learning programs that collaborated with Ma`o farms on the North Shore. She accomplished all of this even though she had been in a temporary position.

Despite her positive track record, Mironesco found her job was in jeopardy. She received a notice from the UHWO administration in September 2013 that because her appointment was temporary, her job would end on July 31, 2014. The temporary status meant she was not on a tenured, permanent track.

“It was clearly a case of discrimination as other temporary positions were not terminated,” Musto said. “It was also a violation of our collective bargaining agreement, which allows the person in a temporary, non-tenure position to continue to serve in a converted, permanent, tenure-track position on a probationary status.”

Contract Violation

With a permanent, tenure-track position available, Mironesco’s treatment violated the provisions of the contract, which states that the person who serves for seven years or more in a temporary position that receives 75% funding from the state’s general fund should automatically assume the permanent, tenure-track position when it becomes available.

“This provision is designed to safeguard against misuse of those in temporary positions who have demonstrated their professionalism and dedication,” Musto said.

Adding insult to the injury and as a way to make it difficult for recourse, UHWO administrators decided to instead create two tenure-track positions outside of political science, one for anthropology and another for economics, for the academic year 2014-2015.

Ongoing Vigilance

“This has been a major victory for Dr. Mironesco and all faculty, but we know that we must continue to closely monitor this situation to ensure UHWO administration follows through with implementing this win and adheres to the terms of the contract,” Musto said.

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About the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) represents nearly 4000 faculty members at 10 campuses in the University of Hawaii system statewide. It has been the exclusive bargaining agent for all UH faculty since 1974.