EUTF Health Benefit Total Premium Rates Effective July 1, 2019

The Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) Board of Trustees approved on 11/27/18 and 12/18/18 the new EUTF Health Benefit Premium Rates for active employees effective July 1, 2019.  Exhibit I breaks out the HMSA medical and CVS prescription drug rates and also shows a comparison of the July 1, 2018 and 2019 rates.  The monthly employee contributions are not provided at this time.

Higher Ed/WAM Joint Briefing Wed. Dec. 19, 2018

COMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION
Senator Donna Mercado Kim, Chair
Senator Michelle N. Kidani, Vice Chair

 

COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS
Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair
Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair

NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL BRIEFING

DATE: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
TIME: 1:30 P.M.
PLACE: Conference Room 211

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

A G E N D A

The purpose of this informational briefing is to receive an update on the University of Hawai’i system.  Topics to be discussed will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • An overview of the university’s finances, including its base budget
  • Alternative budgetary models that the university has looked into and considered
  • Carrying capacity in relation to buildings and facilities and its effect on the university’s budget
  • Teaching capacity of tenured faculty
  • Cost reduction and revenue enhancement opportunities
  • Administrative positions and determining the appropriate ratio of administrative officials to student/faculty
  • Student tuition and enrollment
  • Update on the Hawai’i Promise Program

No public testimony will be accepted.

Tenure and promotion datasets updated for 2018

UHPA Members can access tenure and promotion data that includes 2016-2018 academic years.  Members can access both graphs and the tables producing those graphs published within a Google sheet.

UHPA Executive Director Kristeen Hanselman said, “Each year UHPA gathers information on faculty success in obtaining tenure, increased compensation with promotion, and completion of probationary periods thru contract renewal. These indicate that UH continues to replenish some tenured faculty positions and faculty members are successful in their career path. ”

This content is made available to UHPA Members only via our Google Drive files. If you’re not a member, signup is quick and easy via our online form.

 

UHPA Celebrates Representative Lisa Kitagawa

UHPA Celebrates One of Their Own

Newly elected Representative Lisa Kitagawa represents State House District 48. Lisa was born and raised in Kāne‘ohe where her family has lived for over four generations.

Lisa is a public school graduate of Castle High School (1998) and continued her education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  Kitagawa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Resources and her Masters degree in Higher Education Administration.

For 12 years Kitagawa was employed at UH Manoa. She was a faculty and UHPA member from 2006-2011 working for the Office of Student Affairs and teaching Education Administration through the College of Education.  She also served as APT staff and worked for the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.  Leaving in 2017 she became the key legislative aide to Representative Johanson House Labor Chair. It was Kitagawa in the 2018 session that was key to marshaling UHPA backed legislation through the House and Senate Committees in proper form and meeting all procedural deadlines.

Representative Kitagawa is knowledgeable about the University and committed to ensuring that faculty interests are protected and advanced.

We look forward to a rewarding working relationship with a new advocate for Higher Education.

UHPA Congratulates Senator Keohokalole

UHPA Congratulates Another One of Its Own
Senator Jarrett Keohokalole

Newly elected Senator Jarrett Keohokalole was elected to the Kāne‘ohe District 24 Senate seat vacated by Senator Jill Tokuda.  We congratulate Jarrett on his commitment to walk his Senate District and meet every person who would stop and engage with him in conversation.  We appreciate that he walked the District four times to establish his commitment to be visible and represent well his constituency.

Jarrett comes from a long family history in the Kāne‘ohe community.  He is the seventh generation to raise a Keohokalole family in this community.  He understands the difficulties young families experience in meeting demands for childcare, housing and obtaining good health care. He is committed to bringing improved infrasture to his District.

Keohokalole received his Bachalor of Arts degree in Journalism from the Universityof Hawai‘i at Mānoa and continued on to receive not only his JD from the William S. Richarson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa but additionally a Certificate in Native Hawaiian Law.  Upon graduation he was hired as an Assistant Faculty Specialist by the William S. Richardson School of Law and joined UHPA in 2013.

We worked well with Jarrett as a Representative and have already engaged with him in identifying the issues to be present in the 2019 legislative session.

UHPA Stands in Solidarity with Hotel Workers

UHPA stands in solidarity with the hotel workers who have been without a contract and believes the request of the 2,700 hotel workers on Oahu and Maui for fair wages and better working conditions is fair and reasonable.

Last chance: Disney’s Aulani Resort offer expires Oct 2

Our 5th Annual UHPA Aulani Resort Experience is shaping up to be more popular than ever.  There are only a handful of rooms available.  This is your absolutely last chance to get a fantastic rate for a great family weekend.  You can book your stay for up to 5 days before or 5 days after our allocated days of Nov 1-3. This means you can stay at the Aulani either the weekend prior or during Nov 1-3!

This offer is available to UHPA Members only while supplies last.

 

Get a discount on your next vehicle

UHPA Members now have access to an exclusive automotive purchase program via the JN Group that includes guaranteed discounts on your next vehicle (either new or pre-owned) purchase.

Not a member yet? Click here for a quick and easy join with no additional fees.

Are you already a member but can’t access the content? Click here to troubleshoot or just call our office.

UHPA Making Sure Your Dues Deductions are Accurate

The last four faculty paychecks illustrated the problems within DAGS and the ongoing issues when a state agency doesn’t know UHPA and takes some authority away from UH payroll. A brief recap of the mistakes that UHPA identified and ensured there were corrections.

Pursuant to the U.S. Supreme Court Janus v AFSCME decision effective June 27, 2018, dues deduction from nonmembers were to end. On July 5, the Department of Accounting & General Services (DAGS) deducted dues from UHPA nonmembers and no dues deduction were made from members. The dues from nonmembers, which were inappropriately deducted, were deposited to an escrow account established by UHPA. UHPA notified DAGS of their error. DAGS was unable to refund dues from nonmembers deducted from July 27 – June 30. UHPA prepared checks for the refund and checks were mailed to all nonmembers on August 3.

On July 20, DAGS again deducted union dues from UHPA nonmembers. The nonmembers’ dues portion was deposited into the UHPA escrow account. Refunds were made by DAGS with the Aug 5 pay check. UHPA members’ dues deduction was deducted as SD725 and SD726 to correct the mistakes made earlier.

UHPA identified further issues with the August 5 payroll, for those UHPA members whose monthly salary ended in an odd amount, $1.00 was added to the dues deduction instead of $.01. The $.99 correction was made by DAGS on Aug 20.

On August 20, UHPA noticed that 9 month faculty received their negotiated pay increase but DAGS did not recalculate the dues. You will see the DAGS correction on your Sept 5 pay check.

The series of incidents have been frustrating for both UHPA staff and members affected by DAGS’ mistakes. UHPA filed a Prohibited Practice with the Hawaii Labor Relations Boards seeking to remedy these problems and ensure the State is compliant with their obligations under the Hawaii collective bargaining law. UHPA is seeking a resolution that will establish a clear procedure that ensures accuracy for dues collection by DAGS.

New Notification Requirements for Placement on Administrative Leave with Pay

Many faculty members who were placed on administrative leave with pay were subject to ongoing 30 day extensions without being informed of the need for the extensions.These situations often were a result of administrative investigations based on workplace violence or Title IX. complaints. Investigations were ongoing for substantial periods of time with no information forthcoming on the status of the activities. These extended periods of time can have negative consequences on a faculty member’s work and standing within the academic community.

Under a new Memorandum of Understanding faculty members shall receive the rational and supporting facts for the extension. The information shall include the anticipated end point of the investigation. This helps ensure that investigations are dealt within the proper timeline often prescribed within UH administrative policy.

The MOU modifies Article XVIII, Section B.6 Disciplinary Actions.