SB 134, RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor
Monday, February 27, 2017
10:00 am, Room 016

Attention: Chair Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair Karl Rhoads and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) opposes SB 134 relating to a statutory prohibition on smoking, tobacco use and the use of electronic smoking devices by any person on the premises of the University of Hawaiʻi.  The University already has the authority and the ability to prohibit smoking and the use of tobacco and electronic smoking devices as noted in Section 1 paragraph 3 of SB 134.

The University has worked with UHPA in the past and continues to work with UHPA to ensure a healthy working conditions for the faculty and subsequently the students.  It continues to be the right of UHPA to work with the University to ensure that any policy that impacts faculty work environment promotes “positive health practices.”

We appreciate the opportunity to continue retaining the determination of best practices in the workplace; in the workplace rather than in statute.

UHPA opposes the passage of SB 134.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

SB 919, SD1, RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
10:05 am, Room 211

Attention: Chair Jill Tokuda, Vice Chair Donovan Dela Cruz and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urge the Committee to support passage of SB 919, SD1 which is a measure to appropriate funds for fiscal biennium 2017-2019 for salary costs for public employees in collective bargaining unit (7) and for certain employees excluded from collective bargaining.

UHPA urges the committee to support SB 919, SD1.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

SB 981, SD1, RELATING TO THE HAWAII LABOR RELATIONS BOARD

The Committee on Ways and Means
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
9:30 am, Room 211

Attention: Chair Jill Tokuda, Vice Chair Donovan Dela Cruz and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urge the Committee to support passage of SB 981, SD 1 that amends Chapter 396, Hawaii Revised Statutes, providing the HLRB the same authority already allowed under Chapter 89 regarding service of pleadings.  UHPA supports efforts to streamline processes and procedures for the HLRB that will result in administrative efficiencies.

UHPA supports passage of SB 981, SD1.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

HB 810, HD1 Relating to Collective Bargaining

The House Committee on Finance
Thursday, February 23, 2017
1:00 pm, Room 308

Attention:    Chair Sylvia Luke, Vice Chair Ty Cullen and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support passage of HB 810, HD1.

Chapter 89-9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, outlines the scope of negotiations and consultation and Chapter 89-11, Hawaii Revised Statutes, outlines the resolution of disputes and impasse procedures between the exclusive representative and the employer.  The amendments to these respective sections outlined in HB 810 HD1 will provide the appropriate pathway for resolving disputes between the exclusive representative and the employer regarding contributions to the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF).   

UHPA urges the committee to support HB 810, HD1.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

 

HB 424, HD1, Relating to The University of Hawaii

The House Committee on Finance
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
2:00 pm, Room 308

Attention: Chair Sylvia Luke, Vice Chair Ty Cullen and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support HB 424, HD1 that reinstates the authority and responsibility for all procurement contracts under chapter 103D, Hawaii revised Statutes, to the University President.

The ability of the University to expedite construction needs for repair and maintenance as well as new construction is essential to enhancing instruction and research. The physical conditions that students and employees experience influence recruitment and retention. For too long the need to remove impediments in procurement has languished resulting in repairs and replacement of buildings being delayed. The University President should have both the authority and the accountability for procurement.

UHPA urges the committee to support HB 424, HD1.                                                                     

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

HB 232, HD1, RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

The House Committee on Finance
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
3:00 pm, Room 308

Attention: Chair Sylvia Luke, Vice Chair Ty Cullen and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support HB 232, HD1, which encourages the parties to a collective bargaining agreement to negotiate in a manner that effectuates the purpose of Chapter 89. Such purpose includes recognizing that public employees have a voice in determining their working conditions. This proposed measure advances the cooperative relations between employers and employees that establishes a healthy collective bargaining environment.

UHPA encourages the Committee to support HB 232, HD1.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

 

HB 213, HD1 RELATING TO FAMILY LEAVE

The House Committee on Finance
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
3:00 pm, Room 308

Attention: Chair Sylvia Luke, Vice Chair Ty Cullen and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support passage of HB 213, HD1 that amends the Hawaii Family Leave Law, Chapter 398 of the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes to extend protected job status to care for a sibling or upon the death of a child, spouse, reciprocal beneficiary, sibling or parent.

UHPA has a very diverse bargaining unit with faculty in very different stages of their careers.  Leaves of absences, such as family leave, impact a broad based section of our membership, and is no longer a focus of the younger segment of our members who are having children.  Many faculty are dealing with caring for their spouses or parents.  Passage of this legislation will provide some much needed security for UHPA members that does not exist today.     

Faculty members are highly sought after in the highly competitive arena of higher education.  Passage of this measure will provide the necessary stability and security for our membership.

UHPA supports the passage of HB 213, HD1.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

HB 1182, HD1, Relating to Employees’ Retirement System

The House Committee on Finance
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
3:00 pm, Room 308

Attention: Chair Sylvia Luke, Vice Chair Ty Cullen and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) supports the intent of HB 1182, HD1, requiring the Employeesʻ Retirement System (ERS) actuary to perform annual stress tests of the system and the ERS Board to submit annual reports of the tests to the legislature.

Due to market indicators nationally, the ERS Board had previously taken a responsible approach by slowly lowering the assumed rate of return 50 basis points over a five year period. However, the recent decision by the ERS Board to reduce the assumed rate of return 50 basis points all at once has caused a great deal of anxiety for beneficiaries and the public as a whole.  That one action by the ERS Board immediately increased the unfunded liability by $1.7 Billion, and has statutorily forced the legislature to review the required employer contributions.  When actions by the ERS Board have statewide fiscal implications, additional oversight may be required to ensure the beneficiaries have confidence their interests are being addressed.

Requiring the ERS actuary to perform an annual stress test and report its findings to the legislature will provide a level of transparency that is currently not in place and ensure that the decisions of the ERS Board are not made in a vacuum since the decision to reduce the assumed rate has statewide implications.  

UHPA supports the intent of HB 1182, HD1.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

SB 919, Relating to Public Employment Cost Items

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor
Thursday, February 9, 2017
9:00 am, Room 016

 

RE: SB 919, Relating to  Public Employment Cost Items

 

Attention: Chair Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair Karl Rhoads and
Members of the Committee

 

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support passage of SB 919 which is a measure to appropriate funds for fiscal biennium 2017-2019 for salary costs for public employees in collective bargaining unit (7) and for certain employees excluded from collective bargaining.

UHPA urges the committee to support SB 919.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

 

SB 410, Collective Bargaining; Negotiations; Prohibited Practices

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor
Thursday, February 9, 2017
9:00 am, Room 016

 

RE: SB 410, Collective Bargaining; Negotiations; Prohibited Practices

 

Attention: Chair Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair Karl Rhoads and
Members of the Committee

 

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support SB 410, which encourages the parties to a collective bargaining agreement to negotiate in a manner that effectuates the purpose of Chapter 89. Such purpose includes recognizing that public employees have a voice in determining their working conditions. This proposed measure advances the cooperative relations between employers and employees that establishes a healthy collective bargaining environment.

UHPA encourages the Committee to support SB 410.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director