Don’t let DMK Pull A Fast One on US

Take Action Right Now If You Care About UH’s Future

UHPA has received reliable intel that the Senate Committee on Higher Education (HRE) will be scheduling SB 3269 for a hearing early next week and HRE Chair Senator Donna Mercado Kim plans to post the hearing notice late Friday (2/4/22) evening.

Your Testimony is a Must

We need you to submit written testimony and/or testify via videoconference and you must do so at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the hearing. 

Pulling a Fast One?

There is a possibility that HRE Chair Senator Donna Mercado Kim may schedule the bill to be heard as early as Tuesday, February 8, 2022.  Thus, all written testimony and/or registration for verbal testimony must be done on Monday, February 7, 2022, and at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled hearing.  

Start Drafting Testimony Now

If you are planning to submit written testimony, we encourage you to work on your draft as soon as possible in that you will be prepared to submit the testimony before the 24 hour deadline.  We will keep you apprised of the issuance of the hearing notice.

In solidarity we stand!

 

Some ideas on How to Testify

In response to your requests, we’ve created a detailed template for SB3269 that you can use as inspiration for your own testimony.  Please do not copy/paste – use this to get you started and come up with your own voice and own reasons for why you oppose this bill!

Slide Deck Published

UHPA Members can download a PDF of the slide deck that was used at our recent Emergency Briefing. 

 

Note: All linked content is for UHPA Members only

Sample Template Published for SB3269

Record Breaking Attendance 

Mahalo to the close to 500 faculty members who participated in the UHPA Emergency Briefing on SB 3269 yesterday.  We hope that the information we shared provides the background and context you need to prepare your letters, emails, and eventually, testimony, to kill SB 3269.

Email template developed

We understand that this is a complex measure, and in following up on some of the requests from faculty at the Briefing, please find a copy of a SB3269 template for your use. 

Don’t just copy/paste/send

Please remember it is critically important to personalize your letter or email so that your individual voice is heard. Our efforts to stop SB 3269 from moving forward will be much more effective when  faculty members share their personal stories and perspectives about the potential harm, problems, and destruction the proposed bill, if passed, will create. Collectively, this has a powerful impact and makes a lasting impression, just as faculty showed in the Board of Regents meeting last October.     

Mahalo!

We greatly appreciate your participation and willingness to engage in unity over this fight for the preservation of tenure, academic freedom, and autonomy.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact UHPA, should you have any questions or concerns.

Me ke aloha, 

Christian

Tenure Is Under Attack Again

Just a few short months ago, UH faculty and UH administrators joined forces to express their indignation with the findings and recommendations that were presented by the Tenure Permitted Action Group commissioned by the UH Board of Regents. At the October 21st BOR meeting, the Regents heard impassioned testimonies, one after another, from more than 30 faculty members, each reiterating the concerns in the more than 600 pages of submitted testimony.

No Agreement Over Tenure PIG Recommendations

The forewarning from both faculty and administrators was clear: the Tenure PIG’s recommendations were professionally insulting and would destroy the quality of Hawaii’s public higher education system. It was a fervent show of force with compelling pleas to leave the academic system alone. Some faculty members also pointed out that the Tenure PIG had strayed from its intended purpose and did not include faculty input. 

It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

Just when we all thought logic would prevail, we see that the Tenure PIG document has reared its ugly head and found its way into a new legislative bill. It is prominently referenced in the preamble of SB 3269. (Kudos to our senators for recycling trash.) So here we go again.

A Dangerous and Unconstitutional Bill

The bill stealthily: 1) rationalizes legislative micromanagement by claiming it is in the interest of the state for legislators to get involved with tenure since it requires a long-term commitment of public funds; 2) attenuates and relinquishes the BOR constitutional rights under Article X, Section 6. of the State’s Constitution; and 3) attempts to circumvent and violate Faculty members’ constitutional collective bargaining rights under Article XIII, Section 2. of the State’s Constitution. 

Call To Action

In last October’ BOR meeting, faculty successfully stopped the recommendations of the Tenure PIG from being implemented. It was a huge victory. We are calling upon all faculty members for an encore performance on a bigger stage with the legislature. This is an opportunity to educate legislators on what makes and what it takes to create a distinguished, recognized, and reputable university and voice your concerns over inappropriate legislative meddling and interference.

Send Your Message Loud and Clear

SB 3269 was introduced yesterday. Your intervention is needed now before this gets any further. Please contact the introducers of this bill and share your perspectives.  Faculty members have made a difference before at the BOR meeting. We can make a difference again in the legislature. Gloves off!

SB 3269 Introducers:

Sen. Donna Mercado Kim

Phone: (808) 587-7200

E-Mail: senkim@capitol.hawaii.gov

Sen. Kurt Fevella

Phone: (808) 586-6360

E-Mail: senfevella@capitol.hawaii.gov

Sen. Les Ihara, Jr.

Phone: (808) 586-6250

E-Mail: senihara@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Sen. Gil Riviere

Phone: (808) 586-7330

E-Mail: senriviere@capitol.hawaii.gov

Sen. Glenn Wakai

Phone: (808) 586-8585

E-Mail: senwakai@capitol.hawaii.gov

Monday Report is Morphing

This will be the last planned Monday Report.

In its place will be a combination of a “News Flash” email which will be sent immediately upon release in conjunction with a “Monthly Newsletter” which lists all news published in the previous month. 

To be replaced by the News Flash 

The Monday Report was a great tool for weekly updates on a collection of issues but sometimes an article that was immediately relevant had to wait until the following Monday to be released.  A News Flash will be sent to the Bargaining Unit the morning after it is published, and that along with the Newsletter will be an easy way for everyone to catch up on what was published. 

Better, faster, and more relevant

UHPA Executive Director Christian Fern said, “The Monday Report has served us well, but we wanted to immediately distribute news when it breaks as well as keep you informed about news you may have missed. We feel the combination of News Flash and Monthly News will serve this dual purpose”.

Both the News Flash and Monthly newsletter will be coming soon to your inbox!