Special Service: TIAA-CREF Personal Financial Counseling

These free sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, May 7th and Thursday, May 8th from 9 am to 4 pm, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus in the Imin Conference Center, Pago Pago Room (2nd floor).

Reserve a time by scheduling your appointment online or by calling (800)842-2007.

See flyer for additional information.

Legislative Update – UH Maintenance and Repair Money

Contained within is funding for repair and maintenance along with funding for new facilities on a number of campuses. Of practical concern is the inability to move students and faculty to lab facilities while existing buildings undergo repair. Both the House and Senate added facility items including a Creative Media Center at West Oahu and repair of Cooke Field and Murakami Stadium at Manoa. A complete list of facilities addressed is found within the text of the supplemental budget document.

 

Justice at the Beach Requests Contributions

Justice at the Beach is seeking support for employees fired for union activity at the Pacific Beach Hotel. A “free store” has been established to provide nonperishable food and household necessities for these employess and their families. Please drop off donations to ILWU 451 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu. Cash contributions will be accepted and used to purchase needed items. Call 808 864-3036 for information.

See UHPA Resolution in Support of Pacific Beach Hotel Workers

Read the story about Rhandy
Villanueva who lost his 15 year job at the Pacific Beach Hotel for being a union
supporter.

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Premium Rates

 

There has been some confusion over the EUTF rates that apply to faculty members in bargaining unit 7. At the EUTF meetings, faculty members were not given the exact premium they would have to pay for health insurance plans because the state was waiting for the contract negotiations with the other public sector unions to be completed and approved by the Legislature. This is actually a substantial benefit for all faculty members needing health insurance coverage.

UHPA negotiated a “most favored nation” clause in the UHPA/BOR 2003-2009 collective bargaining agreement for faculty members in bargaining unit 7 which requires the State to pay the highest employer contribution for the EUTF benefit plans found in all the 13 bargaining unit public employee contracts. The contract with the state teachers’ union has just concluded, and that agreement may provide a higher employer contribution for those selecting Kaiser Permanente. The EUTF is still making a comparison of rates that include administrative fees to determine if the HSTA settlement would lead to lower premium contributions for faculty members selecting Kaiser coverage. UHPA has also put the State Office of Collective Bargaining on notice that UHPA expects that the best EUTF rates for health benefit plans, i.e., medical, dental, vision, would be applied. Thus far EUTF has been unable to tell faculty members what the exact rates would be because they were waiting for the HSTA contract to be ratified. If those turn out to be better rates, then they will be applied to faculty members (BU 07), regardless of the initial estimates given in the EUTF informational meetings.

As an example, it appears based on the HSTA Kaiser rates, that the Employee will be paying $410/month for full family coverage (as opposed to the EUTF quoted $443/month) or $113/monthy for single person coverage (as opposed to the EUTF quoted $136/month.)  Unlike the EUTF, the HSTA plan does not have a two-person benefit option, so that rate would remain the same $342/month. However, these are just preliminary estimates made by UHPA. The actual difference may change.

All faculty members can be assured that they will receive the highest State Employer contribution being made to any other public employee or teacher in the state based on the benefit plan they select.