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We’re Standing Firm for Sylvia Luke

In the world of Hawai‘i politics, election campaigns are generally civil. However, that rule goes out the window when a candidate is threatened and is at risk of losing. There is a no-holds-bar attack on leading candidates to thwart their progress in the polls. Unfortunately, we see this happening now with TV ads attacking Sylvia Luke, who is leading in the polls for lieutenant governor. It’s not surprising that this type of messaging would emerge in the final weeks leading up to [...]

2022-07-27T17:30:59-10:00July 27, 2022|Evening Newsflash, Newsletter, Political|

Unraveling UHM’s Debacle on Specialists

Unraveling UHM’s Debacle On Specialists Demystifying The Process Over the past week, there has been a lot of discussion, confusion, and questioning as to the purpose, intent, and meaning as to why the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa (UHM) Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Excellence (OVPAE) sent out an email request to the UHM Administration to document a “guesstimate” on percentages in the work faculty Specialist perform under five distinct categories of: 1) % Student Support including Advising; 2) % [...]

2022-04-25T11:23:39-10:00April 21, 2022|Academic, Evening Newsflash, Newsletter, UH Administration|

UHPA Endorses Green for Governor and Luke for Lt. Governor

University of Hawaii Professional Assembly Faculty Members Adopt a New Approach to Endorsements for Governor and Lieutenant Governor The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA), the union that represents about 3,200 faculty at all 10 University of Hawai‘i campuses statewide, is approaching its endorsements for governor and lieutenant governor differently this year. The union today announced it is endorsing Joshua Green for governor and Sylvia Luke for lieutenant governor. “The role of the lieutenant governor has significantly evolved thanks in large part [...]

2022-03-16T17:38:30-10:00March 16, 2022|Evening Newsflash, Governor, Newsletter, Political|

Big Mahalo to Senators Karl Rhoads and Brian Taniguchi

Courage, exemplified It takes courage to go against the grain and to stand up for what is right. Mahalo to Sen. Karl Rhoads and Sen. Brian Taniguchi for voting “no” on SB 3269 SD 2, relating to academic tenure of faculty. These two bravely called out the elephant in the room rather than simply go with the flow by voting in favor of the bill with 23 other senators. Mahalo to Sen. Rhoads and Sen. Taniguchi for standing with faculty and not [...]

2022-03-11T16:48:23-10:00March 11, 2022|Evening Newsflash, Legislative, Newsletter|

Senators Working Hard To Undo The Success We’ve Achieved

Autonomy Revisited:Today’s Senate Has Strayed Off the Path Established 30 Years Ago As Hawaii’s legislative session reaches the halfway mark and bills cross over between the House and Senate, it’s a good time to reflect on what has been transpiring to date. In the heat of the day-to-day, rough-and-tumble battles that occur with the various legislative committees, we often do not have the luxury to take a deeper, historical look at how the decisions and actions of certain legislators have deviated from [...]

2022-03-11T16:47:23-10:00March 11, 2022|Evening Newsflash, Newsletter, Opinion|

SB 3269, SD 1 Now On Life Support

Your Faculty Voices Made All the DIfference A total of 227 pages of passionate and explicit written testimony was submitted on SB 3269, SD1, and all testifiers were in opposition to the proposed legislation.  There was not even one written testimony that was submitted in support, including from past and present Board of Regent members who testified at the first hearing.  The strong outpouring of written opposition from the faculty definitely had a major impact since the bill had to be majorly [...]

2022-03-04T18:03:01-10:00March 4, 2022|Evening Newsflash, Newsletter|

A Sham of a Hearing (SB 3269 SD 1)

The Facts of What Really Happened We went through the recording of the SB3269 hearing and pulled out important soundbites you need to know. In UHPA’s opinion, this was an example of collusion at its finest and the epitome of a rigged hearing. There was unanimous written opposition to the bill. Its sole support came from former Board of Regents (BOR) member Jan Sullivan whose written testimony continues to remain elusive and invisible.  We’ve extensively hyperlinked to relevant sections of the videotaped [...]

2022-02-11T18:31:59-10:00February 11, 2022|Evening Newsflash, Legislative, Newsletter|