Monday Report (Archives)

Here We Go Again On Tenure Battles

“Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”-- Winston Churchill Permitted Interaction Group (PIG) or Wild Pig On Friday, September 10, 2021, the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents posted their agenda and meeting materials for the September 16, 2021 meeting.  Included on the agenda was the report of the Tenure PIG.  Based on the February 18, 2021 BOR meeting, the Tenure PIGʻs purpose and scope was to review and investigate the issue of tenure in areas including [...]

Check your inbox 9/21: “Rate My Administrator”

On Sept. 21, 2021, all UHPA members will receive an email invitation to rate their administrator(s). If you are not a member of UHPA, get your membership started right now so you can participate.  The invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file.  For most of you, that means your address so please check that email inbox.   If you have not supplied us with an alternate email address, your inbox will have the invitation.  Either [...]

2021-09-15T08:44:25-10:00September 20, 2021|Frontpage, Membership Benefits, Monday Report, RateMyAdmin|

Join A Virtual 9/23 Faculty Meetup

Join this virtual round table to discuss safe ways to socialize What: This event has the purpose of starting a dialog amongst interested faculty to create a safe social event Where: Online When: Thurs Sept 23 from 4 to 5 pm Who:  Contact Jinan Banna ( for meeting details I would like to connect with faculty members these days but want to do so in a way that is safe for all. So, I thought I would bring people interested in socializing [...]

2021-09-14T11:09:27-10:00September 14, 2021|Faculty Meetups, Frontpage, Monday Report|

UHPA Files Dissent on Tenure Group Discussions

The following is a copy of UHPA Executive Director Christian Fernʻs dissent to the Board of Regents Permitted Interaction Group (see page 188) on Tenure, Sept 10, 2021. Letter of Dissenting Opinion  (also published on page 211 of the BOR Sept 16 meeting materials) Aloha Chair Moore and Board of Regents: On February 18, 2021, the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents established and gave the Tenure Permitted Interaction Group (“Task Group”) an important assignment; to fully explore tenure, including its history [...]

Save the Date: “Rate My Administrator”

Our popular “Rate My Administrator” survey returns! If you’ve been waiting for a way to rate the performance of your administrators, this is it. On Sept. 21, 2021, all UHPA members will receive an email invitation to rate their administrator(s). If you are not a member of UHPA, get your membership started right now so you can participate.  The UHPA Board of Directors has authorized Market Trends Pacific to conduct the survey and report the results.  All submission data will be kept [...]

2021-09-09T12:03:14-10:00September 9, 2021|Frontpage, Membership Benefits, Monday Report|

UPW Endorses Lynne Wilkens for ERS Trustee

We were very happy to see UPW’s endorsement of UHPA Member Lynne Wilkens below. Ballots have been sent and we ask that you cast your vote for Lynne. Excerpted from UPW’s full endorsement: We humbly ask our members to consider voting for Ms. Lynne Wilkens for this seat.Lynne is well-qualified to serve in this seat. She has served in leadership roles with the University of Hawaii Cancer Center for over 30 years and has advocated for public employees for many years as [...]

2021-09-09T09:58:52-10:00September 9, 2021|ERS/EUTF, Frontpage, Monday Report|

Got ERS Trustee Ballot?

Ballots for the next ERS Trustee election are being mailed out. On Friday Sept 3, the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) made the following endorsement for Lynne Wilkens: Lynne wants to protect the hard-earned benefits of Hawaii’s public-sector employees!HGEA endorses Lynne Wilkens for the Educator Seat on the State of Hawaii Employees' Retirement System Board of Trustees. For more than 30 years, Lynne has worked at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and is currently the Associate Director of Shared Resources. She [...]

2021-09-03T17:04:42-10:00September 3, 2021|ERS/EUTF, Frontpage, Monday Report|

UH Testing Mandate Begins August 23

The University of Hawai‘i administration has informed UHPA that they were told to implement Governor David Igeʻs Emergency Proclamation of August 5, 2021 mandating COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated UH employees to be effective beginning today, Monday, August 23, 2021. Expect Confusion and Disruption Due to the rush and short notice for the UH to implement Governor Ige’s Emergency Proclamation of a testing mandate, UHPA expects that campuses will have difficulty in rolling out and understanding how to implement and enforce this testing [...]

2021-09-02T09:25:08-10:00August 23, 2021|COVID19, Frontpage, Monday Report, UH Administration|

Linda Sawai retiring, Joseph Sam joins UHPA

Linda Sawai Retiring in December;  Joseph Sam to Succeed Her as UHPA Associate Executive Director A strong leadership team is critically important for the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly. At every turn, there are new challenges facing UH faculty. UHPA must constantly be vigilant, anticipate what’s ahead, and be prepared to take action. Linda is a Backbone of UHPA Linda Sawai Linda Sawai has been a vital member of our leadership team as an Associate Executive Director.  Hired by past Executive Director [...]

2021-08-20T13:25:33-10:00August 20, 2021|Frontpage, Monday Report, UHPA Organizational|

Why we support vaccines and oppose bad management

The below op-ed was submitted to the Star Advertiser and a version of it was published on 8/15/21: Why we support vaccines and oppose bad management: By Liz Ho, Malcolm Lutu and Christian Fern Hawaii’s public employee unions strongly support COVID-19 vaccinations. However, we do not support the emergency proclamation’s requirement to show proof of vaccination or be subject to testing. Gov. David Ige’s recent announcement leaves us perplexed about how the policy will work. We also object to last week’s announcement [...]

2021-08-15T16:24:54-10:00August 16, 2021|COVID19, Frontpage, Monday Report|
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