Approved! The Contract is Ratified by 95.7% of BU07 Voting Members

What now?

  • All language within the newly-ratified collective bargaining agreement will be in effect as of July 1, 2017.
    • The current contract remains in effect until June 30, 2017, 11:59 pm.
  • UHPA was able to ensure that increased employer contributions for EUTF will be funded as of July 1, 2017.

When can we expect to get the raise(s) in the agreement?

Since the Legislature is not in session there are two possible routes to funding:

  • A special Legislative session is called and the Legislature agrees to place funding of the contract on its agenda. It then votes to fund the contract.
  • If there is no funding through a special Legislative session, then in December 2017 the costs for the contract are placed in the Governor’s Budget proposal to the Legislature.
  • If the Legislature approves the funding, salary increases will be paid retroactively.

What’s next?

  • UHPA is in regular contact with legislators regarding a potential special session.
  • Regardless of what happens legislatively, we are moving forward to implement all new language provisions (other than salary adjustments) in the collective bargaining agreement.
  • The new contract will be posted online after it is formally signed.

UH President Now Grants Tenure and Promotion

The UH Board of Regents amended RP 9.201 to give authority to the UH President to grant Tenure and Promotion.  In the past it was the responsibility of the Board of Regents.

It’s Time to Ratify a New Contract – eVoting now underway

Agreement Reached

The UHPA Board of Directors, Governor Ige, UH President David Lassner and the Board of Regents have reached a tentative agreement over the terms of a successor faculty contract effective July 1, 2017 following the expiration of the current contract on June 30, 2017.

We Recommend that you Vote In Favor

Your Board of Directors unanimously recommends this contract be approved. It is important to ensure faculty members are able to continue to provide the best education for our students and be assured your rights and compensation are protected for four years.

Check your inbox.

eBallots were sent on 5/22 we emailed detailed information about the Tentative Agreement. If you are having difficulties please contact our office.

Highlights of the Tentative Agreement

Salary Increases for All Faculty Members

  • Y1: $500 plus 2.13% ATB (Added To Base)
    • (the $500 is divided into 24 payments and ATB)
  • Y2: $500 plus 2.82% ATB
    • (the $500 is divided into 24 payments and ATB)
  • Y3: 2% ATB plus reopener
  • Y4: 2% ATB plus reopener

Contract language highlights

  • Faculty rights and protections are stable for 4 years from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021
  • In-rank promotions for I2 faculty
  • Letters of Hire are grievable and subject to arbitration
  • Tenure and Promotion process strengthened
  • Existing Intellectual Property language is retained

Have you voted yet? Ballot reminders sent to your inbox

UHPA has sent all members of Bargaining Unit 7 an email with login and password to an electronic ballot to vote on ratification of our tentative agreement.  Check your inbox, subject line: “Reminder to Vote – UHPA Contract Ratification Vote“.

Your Board of Directors unanimously recommends this contract be approved. It is important to ensure faculty members are able to continue to provide the best education for our students and be assured your rights and compensation are protected for four years.

The ballot email also contains links to detailed information regarding the contract including a slide deck, FAQs, calculators, and the actual signed documents.

Voting ends soon. Make sure your voice is heard.

Salary Calculator Added to Tentative Agreement Information Package

We appreciate all the questions brought forth regarding the Tentative Agreement, Mahalo! We’ve responded by updating the FAQ, adding to the slide deck and in addition have created a spreadsheet where you can plug in your salary and get details on how the agreement will benefit you.

The link to the calculator is on the last “Reference Slide”. The link to the slides and the updated FAQ is in the email sent on Monday 5/22, subject line “Be Informed: Details of Tentative Agreement” from UHPA and also any ballot reminder emails we send.

Dear Governor, We are building Hawaii’s future. #deargovhi @govhawaii

Gov. Ige,

Building relationships is key–show up and support UH and unions–we are your community. We are building Hawaii’s future.

E. Yamashita
UH Maui College

Dear Governor, Help grow Hawaii’s future by paying our teachers! #deargovhi @govhawaii

Dear Gov Ige,

Every year we have the thought of moving off island for a better place for our children. This is because there aren’t enough role models and enough value put into education here in Hawaii. Help us make that decision to stay by putting your resources into education to promote STEM focus degrees. Also we struggle here at Kauai CC to recruit qualified math/science instructors. Please help us to be competitive!!!

I still remember your promise for STEM when you were on your campaign. I’m a STEM teacher affected in this bargaining year. Please keep your promoise.

Help grow Hawaii’s future by paying our teachers!

Dear Governor, Please help us stay home and contribute to our community. #deargovhi @govhawaii

Dear Governor Ige,

Nine years ago I returned home from a well-paying job to raise my son in Hawaii. Doing what I love and am passionate about my homeland is beyond words. But the fact that our cost of living is so high and our salary is not commensurate makes it difficult to stay. Please help us (all us HI raised folks) stay home and contribute to our community.

Mahalo

Dear Governor, We need to do what we can to keep educational quality if we expect Hawaii students to remain here. #deargovhi @govhawaii

1. We need to do what we can to keep educational quality if we expect Hawaii students to remain here.
2. We have suffered greatly from this in the 23 years I’ve been here.
3. Fair compensation will enable us to keep good faculty.

Faculty morale is at a low point. This situation is critical.

Dear Governor, Who will help our students succeed if faculty continue to leave for better paying jobs? #deargovhi @govhawaii

Gov. Ige,

As a newish UH Faculty member, I am torn between staying in a job I love and helping students succeed, and moving to the mainland for a lower cost of living and better compensation. Many of us younger faculty are still paying off student loans. We want to buy homes and start families but we can’t do that if our wages don’t keep up with the cost of living. Who will help our students succeed if faculty continue to leave for better paying jobs??

Respectfully,
S. Gray