You’re invited to our first Faculty Meetup – join us!

UHPA Members are launching what we hope will be popular new feature – Faculty Meetups!

We share overlapping interests and values. And we are all engaging in interesting things. Let’s meet up! Whatever you like to do, maybe you’d like to have some of your colleagues join you. We can grab lunch together. Visit a gallery, botanical garden, or the zoo. Go to a movie. Have coffee. Start a meditation group!

Below is the first organized Faculty Meetup sponsored by Dan Harris-McCoy. Please contact him directly or just show up! Interested in hosting something like this yourself? Our Faculty Meetup page has more details along with a link to the request form.

Dan’s invitation is below and we hope you attend!

We are thrilled to announce a new UHPA initiative: the faculty “Meetup”. Our goal is to help create a greater sense of community among our amazing faculty by facilitating gatherings—which we’re calling meetups—of any size and for any reason (social, practical, about an issue or concern, etc.). An added bonus: anyone can organize a meetup, so feel free to propose a Faculty Meetup of your own using this form.

Our first gathering is a “Purely Social Coffee Meetup”. It’s an opportunity to get together, meet new friends, and maybe discuss summer adventures and how the semester is going so far. We’ll be meeting on Wed., Sep. 4 from 11 am to noon in the Campus Center Starbucks at UH Manoa. Look for us there or in the adjacent patio.

Please note that this is not a UHPA-sponsored or sanctioned event. UHPA helps us promote and publicize the event but they are in no way responsible for the event itself.

Contact Dan Harris-McCoy (harrismc@hawaii.edu/deharriswm@gmail.com) with any questions. Hope to see you there!

 

Faculty Rights to Privacy Violated

UHPA is actively pursuing measures to protect faculty members from Legislator information requests that breach the privacy of personnel files. Numerous information requests have been received from Senator Kim that target individual faculty members in a manner that UHPA contends surpasses what is allowed by the collective bargaining agreement and Chapter 92F of The Uniform Practices Act.

UHPA has a pending grievance and is in discussions with the University on establishing standards for release of information which protects the privacy of faculty members

The information requests are raising the spectre of legislative intrusion into work load and faculty evaluation. Both the exercise of academic decision making by faculty members and University autonomy are undermined by the collection of data with little restrictions on use.

This is a growing area of UHPA activities designed to protect the ability of faculty members to meet their work responsibilities free from legislative intrusion.

UHPA Safeguards Your Intellectual Property: New Rights for Faculty Members

UHPA knows that as a faculty member you have made significant investments to develop and expand your knowledge in your specific field of study. The original materials you create for your classes and other purposes are the result of years of research. You have no doubt become a subject matter expert and your work deserves to be protected from misuse or copyright infringement.

You can be reassured that you are protected from having your works misused. After two years of tough negotiations with UH administration, UHPA has successfully included new contract language that respects the rights of faculty members. Article XI Intellectual Property, Patents and Copyrights, now in effect for faculty members, spells out the terms and conditions for any work for hire by the University of Hawaii.

Works for hire for copyrightable materials must meet specified conditions that are defined in the contract and can be enforced through the grievance procedure. The new language allows copyrightable products—as well as patents—to be subject to shared revenue agreements. This was designed so that faculty can receive an equitable economic return on any of their work that may be sold. The contract contains an updated definition of copyright, and UHPA now receives copies of all work-for-hire agreements.

UHPA and UH is in the process of developing templates for work-for-hire agreements to ensure there is compliance with the contract terms and conditions. Watch for more details.

UHPA Stops Residency Requirements for Lecturers! Being a UHPA Member has Advantages!

In June community college lecturers started receiving notices that because they did not reside in Hawaii they could no longer be hired to work for the community colleges. This action was taken unilaterally without regard to contractual rights of lecturers and the harm that could occur to instructional programs for Fall 2019. At risk were rights to long term rolling contracts, rights of assignments of 6 credits per semester, annual contracts, and health insurance benefits.

UHPA successfully prevailed in stopping the Community Colleges from implementing and imposing a change in conditions of employment for lecturers. Contrary to the misinformation that was circulating on some campuses there is no Hawaii law that requires hiring of only persons who reside in Hawaii. The University is exempt from state law that requires employees to be residents.

All Community College faculty members should receive notice from the employer that there is no residency requirement.

If you’re a UHPA member your support makes these wins possible!