HB 555, Relating to the University of Hawaii.

House Committee on Higher Education
Thursday, February 5, 2015
2:00 p.m.

HB 555, Relating to the University of Hawaii.

Dear Chairman Choy and Committee Members:

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly opposes the adoption of this measure. The measure is imprecise in its application and definition of undergraduate degree granting programs. As a result, there can be unintended consequences regarding blanket elimination of program that would undermine undergraduate education.

Further, the measure asserts legislative micro-management into the University of Hawaii and its undergraduate education efforts on three campuses. The decisions on viability of program is more appropriately addressed within the University of Hawaii academic community under the auspices of the UH Board of Regents.

UHPA urges the Committee to defer this measure.

Respectively submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Associate Executive Director

HB 543, Relating to the University of Hawaii.

House Committee on Higher Education
Thursday, February 5, 2015
2:00 p.m.

HB 543, Relating to the University of Hawaii.

Dear Chairman Choy and Committee Members:

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly opposes the adoption of this measure. The process of a state audit regarding faculty workload is one which requires specific expertise and resources that currently do not exist. The proposed measure delves into areas of which are most appropriately addressed within the University of Hawaii academic community and within the collective bargaining construct of Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 89 Collective Bargaining.

UHPA notes that the timing of the completed audit appears designed to bring tension and undermine the collective bargaining process envisioned in Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 89.

UHPA urges the Committee to defer this measure.

Respectively submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Associate Executive Director

UHPA Legislative Action Center Launches

Aloha!

The 2015 legislative session is now in full swing, and UHPA is diligently monitoring bills to advance the interests of University of Hawaii faculty and to quash any legislation that is harmful to faculty and other public employees.

With 3,000 bills now being reviewed by Hawaii’s legislators, monitoring bills can be a daunting task. Fortunately, not all of them pertain to UH faculty, and as in all legislative sessions, most will fall by the wayside. UHPA will zero in on those bills that are relevant for UH and faculty.

We need everyone’s kokua. Our Legislative Action Center will serve as your guide to help you understand which bills are important and need your support. Please refer to these pages throughout the legislative session, which continues through early May 2015.

Bills can move quickly and there may be times we’ll call upon you to step in on short notice for your input. We’ll notify you via email and through our e-newsletters and website when your input and testimony are critical.

Mahalo for being a member of UHPA. Together, we can have one, strong voice that make a difference!

UH requesting change in tenure dates. What do you think?

All Bargaining Unit 7 members will be receiving an email survey asking for feedback on this topic.  Click on the link below to view the letter from UH:

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