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UHPA Stands Up Against Governor Ige’s Overreach

We are now heading into our tenth month of dealing with the health, safety, and economic effects COVD-19 has had on our state. It has been a difficult experience. It has upended and traumatically affected everyone. The pandemic has presented both health and economic crises that no one has been able to escape. The new […]

Governor created chaos and confusion with furlough roll-out (joint statement)

One day after Gov. David Ige announced plans to furlough tens of thousands of employees in his state workforce, details are emerging showing the so-called plan actually isn’t one. The Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA), the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA), and the United Public Workers (UPW) have […]

A Bad Time for Furloughs

Aloha Faculty members: This afternoon, Gov. David Ige announced his plan to unilaterally implement furloughs for state employees, beginning Jan. 1, 2021.   UHPA is currently under a collective bargaining agreement through June 30, 2021, and has not agreed to the furlough plans presented by Gov. Ige.    UHPA strongly denounces this plan, joining the other […]

Joint Statement on Governor’s Furlough Plan from UHPA & Hawaii’s public sector unions

Governor’s Furlough Plan And Budget Cuts Will Hurt Hawaii’s Working Families, Economy And Communities The Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA), the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA), and the United Public Workers (UPW) stand in strong opposition to Gov. David Ige’s plan to unilaterally implement furloughs starting in January […]

UHPA news from 11/30-12/7

Bargaining Update Mid-term Bargaining and Proposed Furloughs Since the initial meeting held on Monday, November 16, 2020, the State’s Chief Negotiator Ryker Wada hasn’t responded to the UHPA Negotiations Committee follow-up letter questioning the Governor’s and the UH Administation’s furlough plan for Faculty members.  In addition, no future meetings are currently scheduled. Successor Bargaining Negotiations […]

UHPA news from week of 11/23-11/30

Bargaining Update Mid-Term Bargaining and Proposed Furloughs Following the meeting held on Monday, November 16, 2020 with UHPA’s Negotiations Committee and Chief Negotiator Ryker Wada, other State representatives from DHRD and B&F, and University of Hawaii officials, a follow-up letter with numerous questions was sent to Chief Negotiator Wada from the UHPA Negotiations Committee.  To […]

UHPA news and announcements from week of 11/16-11/23

Bargaining Update Mid-Term Bargaining and Proposed Furloughs The UHPA Negotiations Committee met with the State’s Chief Negotiator Ryker Wada and other State representatives, including individuals from the Department of Human Resources Development, the Department of Budget & Finance, and the University of Hawaii on Monday, November 16, 2020.  During the meeting, the State shared their […]

UHPA news and announcements from week of 11/9-11/16

Bargaining Update Mid-term bargaining and proposed furloughs UHPA’s Negotiations Committee is scheduled to meet with Chief Negotiator Wada and the State’s representatives today, Monday, November 16, 2020 beginning at 10:45 a.m. Retirement incentive As of Wednesday, November 11, 2020, UHPA still has not received any formal response from the State’s Chief Negotiator Ryker Wada, Governor […]

UHPA news and announcements from week of 11/2-11/9

Bargaining Update Mid-term bargaining and proposed furloughs On October 30, 2020, the State’s Chief Negotiator Ryker Wada sent a letter to UHPA providing a chronology of the parties’ written communications since the Employer’s initial September 25, 2020 meeting, as well as, the State’s updated PowerPoint Presentation over “COVID-19 Impact on the State’s General Fund Financial […]

UHPA news and announcements from week of 10/26-11/2

Bargaining Update Mid-term bargaining and proposed furloughs On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, the UHPA Negotiations Committee met to discuss the State’s Chief Negotiator Ryker Wada’s response dated October 20, 2020 regarding UHPA’s questions to the Governor’s proposal to negotiate furlough savings for bargaining Unit 7.  The UHPA Negotiations Committee still has a number of questions […]