January 2018 (Archives)

SB 2372 Hawaii Labor Relations Board

The Senate Committee on Labor Thursday, February 1, 2018 2:55 PM, Conference Room 229 RE: SB 2372 Relating to the Hawaii Labor Relations Board Attention: Chair Jill Tokua, Vice Chair J. Kalani English and members of the Committee The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to pass SB 2372.  SB 2372 recognizes there are circumstances that necessitate a proactive approach to allowing a duly established state entity, the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board, to have emergency rulemaking authority. Based [...]

2018-02-07T09:12:53-10:00January 31, 2018|2018 Testimony, Chapter 89, Legislative, Legislative News|

Senate Bill Puts Quality of Higher Education at Risk

SB 2328 proposes that all courses at all UH campuses be required to use instructional materials exclusively from the OER at the UH, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. As the chief advocates upholding the quality of the education at the University of Hawaii, UHPA and faculty members submitted testimony against SB 2328 for a hearing before the Senate Higher Education Committee held on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Legislators were urged to defer or reject the proposed bill for sound reasons. Our Top [...]

2018-01-31T11:55:18-10:00January 30, 2018|Academic, Frontpage, Legislative, Legislative News, Newsletter|

Faculty Speak out against proposed OER mandate (SB 2328)

SB 2328 proposes that all courses at all UH campuses be required to use instructional materials exclusively from the OER at the UH, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Of course our UHPA Executive Director Kristeen Hanselman testified against this bill.  We also asked for your feedback and faculty responded.  Some of their public testimony is below: David Duffy Bill Could End Academic Freedom In Hawaii -  "Senate Bill 2328 is a strong disincentive to teach and will politicize the University of [...]

2018-04-30T15:10:40-10:00January 30, 2018|2018 Testimony, Academic, Frontpage, Legislative News, Newsletter|

SB 2765 ERS Relating to Investment Personnel

The Senate Committee on Labor Tuesday, January 30, 2018 2:45 PM, Conference Room 229 RE: SB 2765, Relating to Investment Personnel of the Employeesʻ Retirement  System Attention: Chair Jill Tokua, Vice Chair J. Kalani English and members of the Committee The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support passage of SB 2765, with amendments.  UHPA does support allowing the Board to expand its authority to appoint investment professionals reporting to the chief investment officer that are exempt [...]

2018-01-30T16:09:16-10:00January 30, 2018|2018 Testimony, ERS, Legislative, Legislative News|

SB 2761 EUTF Dependent Beneficiary

The Senate Committee on Labor Tuesday, January 30, 2018 2:45 PM, Conference Room 229 RE: SB 2761, Relating to the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund Definition of “Dependent-Beneficiary” Attention: Chair Jill Tokua, Vice Chair J. Kalani English and members of the Committee The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support passage of SB 2761, that amends the definition of “Dependent-Beneficiary” under Section 87A of the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, to clarify the eligibility of children in fund benefit [...]

2018-01-30T16:09:36-10:00January 30, 2018|2018 Testimony, EUTF, Legislative, Legislative News|

HB 2047 Relating to the Institute for Astronomy

The House Committee on Higher Education Tuesday, January 30, 2018 2:00 p.m., Room 309 RE: HB 2047 Relating to the Institute for Astronomy Attention:    Chair Angus McKelvey, Vice Chair Mark Hashem and                     Members of the Committee The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) opposes HB 2047, that transfers administrative authority, personnel, and all facilities for the Institute for Astronomy at UH Mānoa to UH Hilo. UHPA believes that this is a significant legislative breach by elected officials  that undermines [...]

2018-01-30T16:09:49-10:00January 30, 2018|2018 Testimony, Legislative, Legislative News|

SB 2328 Instructional Material (OER)

The Committee on Higher Education Tuesday, January 30, 2018 1:15 pm Room 224 RE: SB 2328 Relating to the University of Hawai‘i Attention: Chair Kai Kahele, Vice Chair Donna Mercado Kim and Members of the Committee The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) opposes SB 2328 and requests the committee defer passage of the proposed legislation. College affordability remains a challenge for many Hawai‘i students and their families. SB 2328 seeks to require use of open educational resources (OER) as a [...]

2018-01-30T16:09:59-10:00January 29, 2018|2018 Testimony, Curriculum, Legislative, Legislative News|
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