SB 1011, SD 1, Relating to Collective Bargaining.

The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
10:00 a.m.

SB 1011, SD 1, Relating to Collective Bargaining.

Dear Chairperson Nakashima and Committee Members:

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) strongly supports allowing impasse procedures found within H.R.S. Chapter 89 to be used in resolving disputes over EUTF contributions. The failure to allow impasse procedures to resolve these differences unduly impedes the negotiations process on salary and benefits that establish total employee compensation.

UHPA urges the committee to support this measure.

Respectively submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Associate Executive Director

SB 638, SD 1, Relating to Collective Bargaining.

The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
10:00 a.m.

SB 638, SD 1, Relating to Collective Bargaining.

Dear Chairperson Nakashima and Committee Members:

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support passage of a proposed measure to allow graduate assistants the right to collective bargaining. These employees are essential to instruction and research that contribute to the overall success of the University of Hawaii. Graduate Assistants are employees in the full sense of the term with continuing access to positions based on job and academic performance. SB 638, SD 1 compromises the clear right to engage fully in collective bargaining by establishing a committee that could recommend restricting on employee rights for a select group.

UHPA supports the rights of graduate assistants to organize and collectively bargain. Such a right is consistent with the labor tradition in our state and is compatible with an academic environment whereby the majority of employees have access to representation.

UHPA urges the committee to defer this measure.

Respectively submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Associate Executive Director

Aloha United Way Seeking Volunteers for the 23rd Annual NALC Food Drive

Saturday, May 9, 2015 will be the date of this year’s National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive.  Aloha United Way is looking for volunteers for the food sorting portion of the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.

While we all are made to feel like we live in a community of plenty, the sad fact is that for many of Hawaii’s keiki, the only hot meal they get daily is the one they get in school. The NALC Food Drive is timed to take place before the public schools summer vacation. Demand for food spikes because meals that are normally provided by the public schools now must be provided by individual families. The Food Drive helps re-store the foodbank’s supplies of critically needed proteins, vegetables, fruits and carbohydrates.

If you would like to volunteer please download the application and contact Oahu Liaison, Lance Kamada: lance@auw.org or call (808)543-2249. 

All volunteers need to wear covered shoes and dress comfortably.  Minors 16 years and up with parental permission are welcome.  Please be sure to wear your union shirts!  We hope to see you there!

Senator Brian Schatz Needs Your Help Today on an Urgent Issue Regarding our Students

Please demonstrate your support for the Campus Accountability and Safety Act today!

Learning institutions are failing to acknowledge a sexual assault epidemic that is victimizing our students.  This is simply unacceptable: 41 percent of recently surveyed colleges and universities had not conducted a single investigation of sexual violence on their campus in the past FIVE years.  We can end sexual assault on campus.  The bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act will help protect students from predators and hold institutions accountable for mishandling and under reporting cases of sexual assault – but Senator Schatz needs your help to make this crucial bill a top priority.  He is fully committed to the safety of our students, and ensuring that survivors of sexual assault on campus have the proper support they need.  We cannot fail our future leaders.  We want to gather as many names as possible to make clear that the public demands action on this critical issue.

Join him today and thousands of others to tell Congress — Pass the Campus Accountability and Safety Act to protect our students.

Mahalo for your support!

UHPA Names Kristeen Hanselman Executive Director

Kristeen Hanselman, who has served as Associate Executive Director of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) since December 2007, has been promoted to Executive Director. UHPA represents nearly 4,000 faculty members at 10 campuses in the University of Hawaii system statewide.

The UHPA board of directors unanimously voted in favor of her appointment at a board meeting this past weekend. The vote was taken after a nationwide search and candidate interviews that began in January 2015.

Hanselman officially takes over as Executive Director on September 1, 2015, upon the retirement of J. N. Musto, UHPA’s current Executive Director and Chief Negotiator.  Musto has served as Executive Director for more than 35 years.

“We knew it would be difficult to fill the shoes of J. N. Musto and that’s why we started our search early,” said David Duffy, UHPA Board President. “We’re very pleased that Kris has decided to step forward to fill this important leadership role. She has proven that she is a relentless advocate for what is right and fair, and is not afraid to challenge the UH administration when the rights of faculty have been violated or stand up to the Legislature when it attempts to micro-manage the programs and curricula of the UH.”

“The great work of the faculty has often been overshadowed by high-profile attention given to episodes of administrative mishandling of the affairs of the university,” Musto said. “Kris has been able to clearly articulate the difference between the administration and faculty, so that faculty do not unfairly receive the brunt of any remedial action targeted at the UH administration. I’m confident she can carry on the vision and creativity that have marked the work of the faculty union.”

“Each of the 10 campuses in the UH system is unique and the needs of faculty are different at each one,” Hanselman said. “As the faculty union, our role is to listen to their concerns and to look at ways we can collectively initiate positive change so that Hawaii residents can benefit from a public higher education system that offers quality instruction and world-class research. We provide the necessary checks and balances to ensure we can all be proud of the University of Hawaii.”

At UHPA, she has been responsible for contract grievance enforcement, collective bargaining, membership engagement programs, government affairs and communications. Hanselman also spearheaded a number of issue-oriented campaigns and political campaigns.

Hanselman has more than 35 years of leadership experience in public unions and political affairs, including serving in various capacities for the Michigan Education Association and Washington Education Association. She was also on the executive staff of National Education Association for 12 years, with responsibility for organizing within public K-12 and higher education.

Meet Kris Hanselman, Our New UHPA Executive Director

Some of you may already know her as the one who defended you in your grievance case. She’s well acquainted with the challenges faculty face and has been a strong advocate when the terms of your contractual agreement have been ignored, the line has been crossed, and your rights as a faculty member were trampled.

With a solid track record of faculty support, it seemed natural progression for Kris Hanselman to be named UHPA’s Executive Director. The UHPA board of directors unanimously voted in favor of her appointment at a board meeting this past weekend. The vote was taken after a nationwide search and candidate interviews that began in January 2015.
Kris has more than 35 years of leadership experience in public unions and political affairs, including 12 years with the National Education Association.  She has served as UHPA’s Associate Executive Director since December 2007, responsible for contract grievance enforcement, collective bargaining,
membership engagement programs, government affairs and communications. She is now ready to take on this new leadership role determined to continuously improve the quality of life for faculty and  restore pride in the University of Hawaii as a institution of quality learning and research.


She officially takes over as Executive Director on September 1, 2015, upon the retirement of J. N. Musto, UHPA’s current Executive Director and Chief Negotiator.  Musto has served as Executive Director for more than 35 years.

 

UHPA Supports the Bike Lane on King Street; however. . .

If you plan to visit the UHPA office by way of King Street, please be cautious of the new bike lane on the mauka side of the street.  UHPA Executive Director J. N. Musto sends a cautionary letter to Mayor Caldwell in regards to the bike lane.

Dear Mayor Caldwell,

This letter is a follow-up to our conversation with respect to the impact of the new bike lane on King Street. The offices of UHPA are located off of Palm Drive which is a one-way street connecting Young Street to King Street and in between Keeaumoku and Piikoi.

First of all, I want to applaud you for your effort to create a dedicated bike lane. It’s unfortunate that the City and County of Honolulu delayed so long the creation of bike lanes which could have much more easily been adapted during the last four decades of road improvements and changes in our highway system. (I would add to my description of lost opportunities by pointing out that there were large urban property locations that the city had owned or could have acquired that would have offered permanent green islands amongst the growing towers of condominiums. And connecting these parks with dedicated bike lanes would have been an urban development dream; always easier to see things in hindsight.)

That being said, the King Street bike lane is a potentially very dangerous arrangement as long as you continue to allow on-street parking on the mauka side of the bike lane. One of the most serious locations where on-street parking blocks the crossing of the bike lane into streets and property driveways is at the location by Straub Hospital. However, in our neighborhood the one-way connecting streets of Palm Drive and Akala Lane present the same dangers. It is difficult to see the oncoming diamond head bound traffic because of the parked cars, and it is also difficult to see both the bike riders and the pedestrians when turning off of King Street into Akala Lane.

I understand the pressures from the commercial locations on the mauka side of King Street wanting street parking, but everything comes with a cost. In this case, the price of the bike lane is the loss of mauka on-street parking if you are going to prevent serious accidents and injuries going forward. I am sure others have also noted that despite the bike traffic being required to maintain the same one-way direction as vehicle traffic, the bike lane is used as frequently in the ewa direction as it is going diamond head. I have also personally noted that the bike lane seems to give some riders the idea that they can travel at excessive speeds, and travel more randomly in and out of the lane at intersections rather than obey what are the obvious restrictions that should apply when using the bike lane. Mopeds have also been seen using the bike lane. How the city will be able to enforce the proper use of the bike lane is a difficult question to answer and, unfortunately, might only come after a tragic accident that gets broad news coverage.

I am recommending that you continue the bike lane as it has been established with the removal of the on-street parking. In addition, I would suggest that you consider police bicycle patrols along the bike lane with the equipment that the police force utilizes in Waikiki.

If I can be of any help during this period of evaluation by your office of the bike lane or in subsequent public hearings related to this issue, please let me know. Thank you for your foresight in this and other matters dealing with the public policies of our city. I encourage you to continue to keep thinking beyond that which we are just used to.

Aloha,
J. N. Musto, Ph.D
Executive Director

UH-Hilo Faculty Evaluation Procedures

The University of Hawaii at Hilo and UHPA have come to an agreement (see signed document) to begin the process of renewing and updating the procedures for faculty evaluation of faculty performance at UH-Hilo. The first step will be to consult with faculty at an open forum to discuss the 5-Year Review Policy.  The date, time and location of the open forum has not yet been scheduled; however, we will provide that information to faculty once it is set.  In the meantime, we suggest that you please review the 1993 UHH Faculty Evaluation Procedures.

 

SB 1011, SD1, Relating to Collective Bargaining.

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means
Thursday, March 5, 2015
1:30 p.m.

SB 1011, SD1, Relating to Collective Bargaining.

Dear Chairperson Tokuda and Committee Members:

UHPA strongly supports allowing impasse procedures found within H.R.S. Chapter 89 to be used in resolving disputes over EUTF contributions. The failure to allow impasse procedures to resolve these differences unduly impedes the negotiations process on salary and benefits that establish total employee compensation.

UHPA urges the committee to support this measure.

Respectively submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Associate Executive Director

2015 Island Flex Open Enrollment

The 2015 Island Flex Open Enrollment period is scheduled from March 9, 2015 through April 30, 2015. Island Flex is a flexible spending program that allows employees to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with TAX FREE money. Employees currently enrolled in Island Flex will need to re-enroll during the open enrollment period to continue participating in the program.

The state’s third-party administrator will be conducting informational workshops throughout the state.  Employees are invited to attend and may use up to 1½ hours of work time (this includes travel time) to participate.  View the flyer announcing the workshop locations:  http://www.hawaii.edu/ohr/downtemp/FlexFlyer.pdf

Should you have any questions regarding the Island Flex open enrollment, please contact Comprehensive Financial Planning, Inc. at 596-7006 or visit the website at http://www.compfinplan.com.  Neighbor Island employees may call toll free 1 (877) 550-5552.