Entries by UHPA

UH Testing Mandate Begins August 23

The University of Hawai‘i administration has informed UHPA that they were told to implement Governor David Igeʻs Emergency Proclamation of August 5, 2021 mandating COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated UH employees to be effective beginning today, Monday, August 23, 2021. Expect Confusion and Disruption Due to the rush and short notice for the UH to implement […]

Linda Sawai retiring, Joseph Sam joins UHPA

Linda Sawai Retiring in December;  Joseph Sam to Succeed Her as UHPA Associate Executive Director A strong leadership team is critically important for the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly. At every turn, there are new challenges facing UH faculty. UHPA must constantly be vigilant, anticipate what’s ahead, and be prepared to take action. Linda is […]

Why we support vaccines and oppose bad management

The below op-ed was submitted to the Star Advertiser and a version of it was published on 8/15/21: Why we support vaccines and oppose bad management: By Liz Ho, Malcolm Lutu and Christian Fern Hawaii’s public employee unions strongly support COVID-19 vaccinations. However, we do not support the emergency proclamation’s requirement to show proof of […]

UH Testing Mandate Starts 8/23/21

The University of Hawai‘i has informed UHPA that Governor David Igeʻs Emergency Proclamation of August 5, 2021 mandating COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated UH employees will begin on Monday, August 23, 2021. COVID-19 Testing Sites on every Campus The University of Hawai‘i is currently trying to secure private vendors to provide free COVID-19 testing on each […]

COVID-19 Testing Mandate for UH Faculty?

Caught by Surprise When Gov. David Ige announced his emergency proclamation last Thursday, August 5, it caught many by surprise, including the public-sector unions. We had not seen the emergency proclamation until it was publicly posted after his press conference. We learned about the Governor’s intentions for the first time along with everyone else. There […]

Public Unions Issue Joint Statement On Governor’s Vaccine Policy

The Hawaii Fire Fighters Association (HFFA), Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA), the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO), the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA), and the United Public Workers (UPW) released the following joint statement in reaction to Gov. David Ige’s plan to impose a vaccination […]

Mandates Subject to Collective Bargaining

Mandates Must Abide With Collective Bargaining Protocols Any requirement imposed on University of Hawai‘i faculty as a new term or condition of continued employment must be freely discussed and jointly agreed to by the parties before the impact of these requirements can be enforced. This is the recognized standard established via the collective bargaining process […]

UH Rescinds Return To Work Requirement

UHPA’s Negotiations Team has been working with UH over the recent weeks regarding policies concerning returning to work.   These discussions, now being led by Vice President for Community Colleges (VPCC) Erika Lacro are beginning to yield fruitful results and good collaboration, most recently noted by UH President David Lassner announcing that “The previously announced […]

Terminated Tenured Position Fiasco Gets National Attention

We came across “Hawaiʻi Legislature Terminates Tenured Professor’s Position” over at TheScientist that is worth reading, though if you’ve been following our Monday Reports, there’s nothing new in there. That said, it’s got some good quotes from UHPA Executive Director Christian Fern, among others like: “When has the legislature turned into the employer? Is it […]

Possible paycheck deduction error on EUTF

You may have a DAGS Error on 7/20/21 Paychecks on EUTF calculations The below is excerpted from an email sent to EUTF trustees. If you have any questions or concerns UHPA recommends you do as directed below and contact EUTF directly.   Late last week we found out that DAGS made an error on the 7/20/21 […]