Mid-term bargaining and proposed furloughs
On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, the UHPA Negotiations Committee met to discuss the State’s Chief Negotiator Ryker Wada’s response dated October 20, 2020 regarding UHPA’s questions to the Governor’s proposal to negotiate furlough savings for bargaining Unit 7. The UHPA Negotiations Committee still has a number of questions regarding the Governor’s proposal and are planning to entertain Chief Negotiator Ryker Wada’s request to meet and discuss the Governor’s proposal so that he can provide the additional clarification and information that UHPA’s Negotiations Committee is seeking before any determination is made.
The UHPA Negotiations Committee will be offering to meet with Chief Negotiator Ryker Wada and State representatives remotely on Monday, November 16, 2020, at 10:45 a.m. to have this discussion about the Governor’s proposal to negotiate furloughs effective December 1, 2020 through June 30, 2024.
Pursuant to Article XXX, Duration, of the 2017-2021 UHPA/BOR Unit 7 Agreement, it states that “Negotiations over a successor agreement shall begin no later than ninety (90) days prior to the February 1st of the Agreement’s terminal year.” On October 28, 2020, the UH Vice President for Community Colleges Erika Lacro who will be UH’s Chief Negotiator for this upcoming successor bargaining sent a letter to UHPA requesting to commence negotiations over a successor UHPA/BOR Unit 7 Agreement. The UHPA Negotiations Committee and the Employer are scheduled to meet on Monday, November 2, 2020, at 2:30 p.m.
To date, there has been no formal response by the Employer on the draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) negotiated between the UHPA Negotiations Committee and the UH Administration over the proposed retirement incentive for Faculty Members who retire between December 15, 2020 through June 30, 2021. The MOU was transmitted by UH President David Lassner to the State’s Chief Negotiator Ryker Wada, Governor David Ige, and the State’s Attorney General on Friday, October 23, 2020.
Federal Monies: CARES ACT
The State House Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness has a Sub Committee on COVID-19 CARES Funds this link will take you to the Sub Committee’s most recent publication. The slide presentation includes all monies, current allocations as well as encumbered monies. Page 10 of the slides indicated the monies allocated to the University of Hawai‘i and what those monies may be used for. These monies coincide with the September, 2020 report by President Lassner to the Board of Regents of CARES money allocated to the University.
You can click here for a more detailed review of the CARES monies
The next UH Budget update: Monday, Nov. 9, 2020
Upcoming UHPA meetings
- Board of Directors Meeting, Nov. 7, 2020 – please communicate your concerns to your board prior to the meting