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HMSA holding free Webinars

We are passing on the below information in the hopes it benefits you. UHPA is not organizing this event but we support the efforts of HMSA.   HFFA, SHOPO, UHPA Actives Health Plan Webinar with HMSA Learn how to get the most out of your plan, such as benefits and resources to improve your health and well-being. Keynote Speaker: Stacia Baek, Strategic Account Manager When: Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Click the link to start the registration process: Session 1: 9:00-10:00 a.m. registration [...]

2021-03-29T15:47:59-10:00March 29, 2021|Monday Report|

Lessons from Hawaii’s history of organized labor

Don’t Let History Repeat Itself The struggle for justice in the workplace has been a consistent theme in our islands since the sugar plantation era began in the 1800s. Hawai‘i’s sugar plantation workers toiled for little pay and zero benefits. Sugar plantation owners used manipulative techniques to create a servile workforce, but their tactics eventually turned against them as workers ultimately overcame adversity by organizing together as a union. Although Hawai‘i today may no longer have a plantation economy and employers may [...]

2021-03-29T06:02:52-10:00March 29, 2021|Commentary, Frontpage, Monday Report|

Tenure: A Key to Creating a Virtuous Cycle

Editor's note: In previous articles about tenure (Historical Roots of Tenure, How Tenure Benefits Us All) , we emphasized the importance of tenure to protect academic freedom and to maintain high standards of quality for instruction and research at the University of Hawai‘i. In this third, in a series of articles, we take a look at the value of tenure for universities, students and the broader community. E=mc2 Today, we recognize this as the formula that helped change the world, an expression [...]

2021-03-18T16:26:39-10:00March 22, 2021|Commentary, Frontpage, Monday Report|

UHPA responds to Gov. Ige calling off furloughs

Editor's note: The following statement was issued to KITV in response to Gov. David Ige’s announcement that he was calling off state furloughs and layoffs after President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion COVI-19 relief bill: "The University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly acknowledges Governor Ige's press release and decision to call-off layoffs and furloughs for the foreseeable future due to the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. With that major distraction and focal point of anxiety and confusion behind us, UHPA looks forward to [...]

2021-03-12T10:25:49-10:00March 15, 2021|Frontpage, Monday Report, Opinion, Political|

How Tenure Benefits Us All

Editor’s note: Many faculty may know about the importance of tenure, but not many may fully realize the inherent value, principle, and standards tenure offers an institution and in this situation for the University of Hawai‘i and our state. This is the second in series on the importance of tenure to help UH faculty and the UH administration collaboratively work together in examining and determining best practices and to present recommendations to legislators before the start of the 2022 legislative session. Five [...]

2022-01-28T18:05:55-10:00March 8, 2021|Frontpage, Monday Report|

The Historical Roots of Tenure

Editor's Note: UHPA is currently working collaboratively with the UH administration to develop a senate resolution which will result in a report on the value of tenure to present to legislators before the start of the next legislative session in 2022. Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, requested this at a recent legislative committee hearing after deferring SB 1329, which proposed eliminating tenure for non-instructional faculty.  UHPA takes this assignment seriously. In today’s Monday Report, we present [...]

2021-02-28T19:45:24-10:00March 1, 2021|Commentary, Frontpage, Monday Report|

It’s Time to Own Our Future

(Editor's note: The following op-ed was submitted to the Star Advertiser and a version of it appeared in the 2/28 issue) By Liz Ho, and Wilbert Holck In trying times, it’s tempting to cut government spending. But eliminating or curtailing essential services has devastating impacts on the public. It may seem counterintuitive, but this is the time to invest in services that support the community to accelerate economic recovery. Most of us have not lived through a pandemic before, but this isn’t [...]

2021-02-28T19:51:19-10:00March 1, 2021|Frontpage, Monday Report|

Will Self-Insurance Save EUTF millions?

The below letter was sent to the Editors of the Star Advertiser and publishes some financial facts in response to various voices claiming substantial EUTF liability savings if a "self-insurance" model is adopted. UHPA Executive Director Christian Fern serves as secretary-treasurer of the EUTF board of trustees. February 18, 2021 Honolulu Star-Advertiser To the editor: The SARS-CoV-2 virus has brought the world to its knees, sickening and killing millions.  Not in a generation has the importance of health and sustainability been so [...]

2021-02-26T11:28:15-10:00March 1, 2021|Commentary, ERS/EUTF, Frontpage, Monday Report, Opinion|