FacFAQs: When do I get that raise that’s in the new contract?

Senior Botany Professor and 9-month faculty member at Mauna Kea College, Dr. Domingo, knows the new UHPA-BOR 2015-2017 contract went into effect on July 1, 2015. He was just telling a new hire that union dues are 1% of your salary, yet, due to this contract, faculty will get an 8% raise over the next two years. Not a bad return on investment! However, Dr. Domingo just got his July 20th paycheck, and he isn’t seeing his increase. Was there a snag in the contract?


The duty period for 9-month faculty runs from mid-August to mid-May (the academic year).  Dr. Domingo is technically only earning money until May, but his paychecks for that period are spread out over 12 months.  As a result, he receives paychecks through the summer for monies already earned over the previous year. Even though the new contract is in effect, Dr. Domingo won’t be earning money under the new contract terms until he returns to work. As a result, he can expect to see his new salary kick in after he starts earning money under the new agreement in mid-August.

If Dr. Domingo had been on an 11-month appointment, his duty period would begin on July 1. Therefore, his salary increase would also be applied on July 1st, the day he starts earning money again under the new contract. In fact, this was the source of his confusion; he was on a temporary 11-month appointment in 2009 when the last contract went into effect.

We need your feedback on home loan and refinancing workshops

On July 21 we sent a survey to all UHPA members asking for their feedback about holding on-campus workshops in partnership with HomeStreet Bank. If you haven’t completed it yet, please check your email and click on the link. It will take less than a minute to complete. If you did not receive a survey, please call our office so we can confirm you are on the email list. Mahalo!

UHPA Member special offer on Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

UHPA members can now purchase Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance at a special low rate! $10,000 in coverage is available for only 37¢ per month, $100,000 is only $3.66 per month and you can purchase up to $500,000 in coverage for less than $20 per month. Additional coverage is also available for your spouse and dependent children. As an added benefit, you also receive an anti-inflation coverage increase for every 2 years of continuous coverage up to a maximum of 5 increases and the Family Plan option pays an education benefit to your eligible dependents if certain requirements are met.

Exclusions may apply. Please note the coverage benefit reduces by 50% at age 70. Underwritten by Royal State National Insurance Company, Limited.

JN Musto and Christian Fern

UHPA Names Christian Fern Associate Executive Director


Date:          June 30, 2015

Contact:    Kris Hanselman, Associate Executive Director, (808) 593-2157


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University of Hawaii Professional Assembly Names
Christian Fern Associate Executive Director

Honolulu, Hawaii – The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) has named Christian Fern Associate Executive Director. He begins on July 1, 2015 and will play a key role on the union’s leadership team, representing nearly 4,000 faculty members on 10 campuses across the statewide University of Hawaii system.

Prior to joining UHPA, Fern had gained more than 15 years of experience in health plan administration, serving most of those years with Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), the largest health plan in the state.  He served in progressively responsible roles during his time with HMSA.

During his last four years with HMSA, Fern served as Manager of the Employer-Union Trust Fund (EUTF) program, which administers health benefits for public sector unions. Fern worked closely with EUTF Trustees, administration and other partners to provide health plans for State and City & County employees and their dependents as well as for retirees.

“We’re very pleased to have Christian, a UH alumnus, join our leadership team. His experience in successfully collaborating with different sectors of the community and his personal integrity will be tremendous assets to UHPA as we work to advance the mission of the UH and reclaim the UH’s position as a place of quality learning, research and community service. He brings skills and knowledge that will enhance the well-being of our faculty members,” said Kris Hanselman, Associate Executive Director, who will step up to the role of Executive Director in September 2015. She assumes the new role after current Executive Director and Chief Administrator J. N. Musto retires.

Hanselman added that Fern’s marketing and sales experience will also be valuable with UHPA’s member recruitment initiatives, particularly when reaching out to the next generation of faculty members.

Fern also served as a Manager of Large Accounts for State and Federal Plans with Kaiser Permanente and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Fern is a Punahou School graduate and received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. He also completed the Advanced Labor Studies Program for Executives program at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Aiea resident has served on the Punahou Alumni Board of Directors since 2009, on its executive board since 2012, and effective July 1, 2015, begins his term as 1st vice president.

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About the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly
The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) has been the exclusive bargaining agent for all UH faculty since 1974 and currently represents nearly 4,000 faculty members at 10 campuses in the University of Hawaii system statewide.

Political Action Fund Objection

UHPA policy allows active members of UHPA to object to the $5 per month allocation to the Political Action Fund. A member must complete an Allocation Objection Form. The form for the 2015-2016 fiscal year (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) is available now and must be returned to the UHPA office by September 1, 2015.