M.R.C. Greenwood’s alleged next job will be earning nearly $300k/yr as a tenured professor at the UH School of Medicine.
J.N. Musto was interviewed by KHON on this recent development.
The faculty contract for Bargaining Unit 7 determines the employer’s contribution for health premiums to the EUTF based on the highest premium contribution made to any one of the other 12 public employee bargaining units. The rates have been set through contract negotiations for the HGEA, UPW, and HSTA bargaining units (you can find those on the EUTF website) but the negotiations for the police and fire fighters, Units 9 and 10, have not been completed. Those employer contribution rates could be higher (which means lower costs being paid by the faculty-employee) than those already negotiated by the other unions, therefore, the rates for the UH faculty will not be set until these two contracts are also completed.
Although the EUTF Open Enrollment period has already begun, it is very difficult to make informed choices regarding health care without knowing the precise costs involved. What percentage of our health care premiums will our employer be assuming?
The rates paid by faculty members will be based on the highest employer contribution for any other public sector bargaining on contracts negotiated after June 1, 2009. Not all of the other bargaining units have completed bargaining for those effective rates on July 1, 2013, therefore, you will not know until those negotiations are completed for all units what your employee contribution will be for the various EUTF options. The negotiations or interest arbitrations may go past July 1, 2013, so there might need to be retroactive adjustments in the premiums charged to bargaining unit 7 faculty members. What you do know is that the rates will be the lowest paid by other public sector workers based on the plan you select.
By the way, the percentages are not helpful, since it depends on which plan premium those percentages are to be applied. HSTA, unfortunately, just tied the premium rates for all EUTF plans to lowest cost HMSA option, the front end deductible 75-25 plan. The HGEA has stated that they will not take that lower employer contribution. The “60% employer” is deceiving, and the HSTA has put the other unions, from police and fire fighters to HGEA civil service, in a difficult position.
As for the premium rates themselves and the coverage options, these subjects are outside of the scope of bargaining under HRS Chapter 89. Obviously, this is an unusual exclusion from collective bargaining, but it has a very long history in the State of Hawaii.
This is the most complete answer you can be given at this time, pending the settlements from the other unions. Again, UHPA’s negotiated “favored nations” clause has protected us from the single misstep by one union, and assures you the most support for your EUTF choice that the legislature authorizes through collective bargaining.
The seminars are two hours and you can come to both or the hour that interests you most.
• The first hour will deal with general concerns, but not limited to the Employee Retirement System (ERS); Island Savings, 403(b) Accounts; Family/Sick Leave and the Employer-Union Trust Fund (EUTF).
• The second hour is designed for our newer and younger faculty and will deal with budgeting, housing, keiki education, and managing benefits and their costs.
Robert Borek, a financial consultant with LPL Financial, has been commissioned by UHPA to provide this seminar and appropriate materials for your use. There is no cost to UHPA members.
There is no registration or sign up.
- October 24th – UH Manoa (Campus Ctr 307) from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
- October 25th – Leeward CC (GT 105) from 10:00 am to 12 noon
- October 26th – Kauai CC (Tech 114) from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
- October 31st – Kapiolani CC (Ohia 118) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
- November 1st – West Oahu (Library Room 217) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
- November 5th – Windward CC (Akoakoa 105) from 12 noon to 2:00 pm
- November 7th – UH-Hilo (UCB 127) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm
- November 7th – Hawaii CC (Cafeteria) from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
- November 8th – UH Manoa (Campus Center 307) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
- November 9th – Maui College (Laulima 225) from 10:00 am to 12 noon
- November 13th – Honolulu CC (Bldg 4, Room 23B) from 10:00 am to 12 noon
TOPIC: “Social Security Questions”
September 12th and
October 10, 2012 (Please note date change)
Campus – Campus Center Room 309A
E. Wallis, CRPS, Financial Advisor
Comment: UHPA wishes to inform members of above referenced
opportunities. The purpose of this announced
seminar-series is consistent with the hope that members will achieve personal
financial goals for themselves and their families. This Financial Advisor has provided evidence
that these seminars do conform with FINRA guidelines. A Broker Check through FINRA indicates the
securities broker qualifications are current.
The Union does not provide any financial assistance for this educational
offering besides this notice.