UHPA has an active Political Endorsement Committee that has participated in state & federal elections through political endorsements, contributions to candidates and independent expenditures on behalf of our endorsed candidates. The UHPA Board of Directors has taken action to allocate from the dues of all Bargaining Unit 7 members an amount of $5.00 a month to be placed in a Political Action Fund. The Fund will be subject to the accounting requirements and used for purposes consistent with the Hawaii State Election [...]
UHPA has updated the UH online salary database information pages as supplied by the Office of Human Resources (OHR). You can view by faculty type, department, campus, or system-wide. Please let us know if you see any discrepancies so we can follow up with OHR.
The Office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz would like to notify you about the following federal grant opportunities. The grant application can be used by faculty in the College of Education. For more information, click the link below each listing, visit GRANTS.GOV, or call the Program Management Office at 1-800-518-4726. Education Department of Education Project/Program: Institute of Education Sciences (IES): Education Research: Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions CFDA Number 84.305L Description: The purpose of the Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions [...]
In a memo issued in March 2013, NASA grant-awarded faculty were surprised to see Hawai'i classified with "foreign destinations" for the purposes of travel approval. Despite a correction issued a year later in March 2014, lower-level NASA officials continued to restrict approval, asserting to Hawai'i faculty that their travel monies were non-domestic. After hearing from concerned faculty, Senator Schatz wrote to NASA Administrators in an effort to bring awareness to the difficulties which state researchers frequently face; namely, that it can be [...]
Senior Botany Professor and 9-month faculty member at Mauna Kea College, Dr. Domingo, knows the new UHPA-BOR 2015-2017 contract went into effect on July 1, 2015. He was just telling a new hire that union dues are 1% of your salary, yet, due to this contract, faculty will get an 8% raise over the next two years. Not a bad return on investment! However, Dr. Domingo just got his July 20th paycheck, and he isn't seeing his increase. Was there a snag [...]
UHPA policy allows active members of UHPA to object to the $5 per month allocation to the Political Action Fund. A member must complete an Allocation Objection Form. The form for the 2015-2016 fiscal year (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) is available now and must be returned to the UHPA office by September 1, 2015.
Martin is an 11-month instructional faculty member who just got awarded tenure at Aʻā Community College on a neighbor island (congratulations, Martin!). Unfortunately, he had no ability to negotiate higher than the base salary upon hire. In fact, he was a mid-year hire who requested a raise based on the salary info on the UHPA website. His VCAA told him she'd get back to him when the HR director returned from Christmas break, and then called his Department Chair to request the [...]
Associate Professor of Sociology and 9-month Instructional faculty member at Mokihana College, Dr. Ying, was perusing the 2009-2015 contract, and found the following language: "Effective July 1, 2014, all Faculty Members shall have their base salaries increased by three percent (3%)." He recalled the finance officer at his institution saying that, for 9-month faculty, this raise actually was effective on Aug 1, 2014, and payable on Aug. 20, 2014. What's the deal? Answer: The salary increases for faculty on 9-month appointments [...]
Lenny was perusing a Star-Advertiser article published on March 13th, 2015 titled "Panel trims $72M from UH Budget," where he was suprised to read President Lassner quoted as saying the $72 million cut made by the House Finance Committee could "hurt operations." Now he's a bit worried about his raise. How will this affect implementation of the 2015-2017 contract? Answer: Don't believe the hype. The additional cost of the collective bargaining settlement is part of the Executive Budget, and therefore remains unaffected [...]
Pearla has served many years as 9-month faculty at Lili'uokalani Community College, and is looking forward to her retirement in Spring 2015! After much congratulations and many joyful tears from colleagues, she started thinking about the financial repercussions of the snap-back. She knows that ERS often doesn't include retroactive payments so as not to inflate one's AFC. Will the snap-back be included in her "high three"? Answer: Although Pearla's "retirement estimate" does not reflect it, and it is not common practice from [...]