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New UH Telework Policy Published

UHPA & UH Reach Agreement  UH and the UHPA Negotiations Team have reached an agreement on a new Telework Policy that will go into effect on January 3, 2022 and runs through June 30, 2023.  The existing COVID-19 Voluntary Telework Policy will be expiring on December 31, 2021.   Similar to What We Have Today The new Telework Policy will essentially maintain the current requirements and exemptions for Faculty from: 1) exemption from the submission of work plans; 2) the completion of Online [...]

2021-12-11T22:05:55-10:00December 13, 2021|Academic, COVID19, Frontpage, Monday Report, System Policy, UH Administration|

UH Blindsides Us Again

We Heard You Loud and Clear We recognize and acknowledge all those who took the time to send an email expressing your frustration, concerns, and heightened anxieties about the University of Hawai‘i’s vaccination mandate intended to go into effect in the spring 2022 semester. We realize many of you found the news upsetting and we share your frustration and confusion over what was issued by the UH administration yesterday. Based on what was posted on the UH website, the UH System Office [...]

2021-10-27T18:09:54-10:00October 12, 2021|COVID19, Frontpage, Monday Report|

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 Governor Ige’s Emergency Proclamation of a testing mandate, UHPA expects that campuses will have difficulty in rolling out and understanding how to implement and enforce this testing [...]

2021-09-02T09:25:08-10:00August 23, 2021|COVID19, Frontpage, Monday Report, UH Administration|

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 vaccination or be subject to testing. Gov. David Ige’s recent announcement leaves us perplexed about how the policy will work. We also object to last week’s announcement [...]

2021-08-15T16:24:54-10:00August 16, 2021|COVID19, Frontpage, Monday Report|

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 campus for all UH students, faculty and staff. No Religious or Medical Exemptions Typically, religious or medical exemptions allow a person to forgo mandated vaccinations. Since this [...]

2021-08-14T12:51:58-10:00August 14, 2021|COVID19, Frontpage, Monday Report|

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 was no advance courtesy notification, even though the emergency proclamation affects all University of Hawaii faculty and all state and county employees.  Productive Discussions with UH Administration [...]

2021-08-07T16:07:32-10:00August 7, 2021|COVID19, Frontpage, Monday Report|

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 mandate for state and county employees: We strongly encourage COVID-19 vaccinations as part of our united effort to beat the pandemic and protect our community’s health. The [...]

2021-08-05T19:43:02-10:00August 5, 2021|COVID19, Frontpage, Monday Report|

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 to promote harmonious and cooperative relations between government and its employees and to protect the public by assuring effective and orderly operations.  The UHPA believes this statutory [...]

2021-08-02T08:52:54-10:00July 28, 2021|Contract negotiations, COVID19, Frontpage, Monday Report|

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 requirement that all employees return to campus August 3 is rescinded and the COVID-19 Telework leave option will remain in place.” Great Results Are Possible Through Genuine [...]

2021-07-28T15:27:33-10:00July 24, 2021|COVID19, Frontpage, Monday Report|

UHPA Responds to Campus Reopening Plans

As UHPA continues to join with the UH administration to battle budgetary concerns created by the Senate, it is critical to ensure we remain in alignment with UH administration on other issues impacting faculty and students. It is imperative that we see eye-to-eye on the details of the campus reopening to move forward together. Clear communication and open dialogue are critical to avoid misunderstandings and missteps so we can effectively address bigger issues affecting public higher education in Hawaii. We Successfully Worked [...]

2022-01-28T18:05:53-10:00May 31, 2021|COVID19, Frontpage, Monday Report, UH Administration|