Farmers Insurance returns to bring great benefits UHPA Members

UHPA members could save up to 23% on auto insurance, according to Farmers. UHPA Members are also provided a dedicated phone number to call where agents can assist delivering exclusive benefits.

“Farmers Insurance Hawaii is honored to be a part of the UHPA member benefit ohana,” said Melanie Joseph, marketing manager for Farmers Insurance Hawaii. “Our renewed partnership with UHPA is a return to our roots, as we began serving Hawaii in 1955 as an union member benefit insurance company. Our promise is to help UHPA members to come away a little smarter about insurance and better prepared to protect the things that matter most to you.”

Volunteer Now for the NALC Food Drive on May 11, 2019

A friendly reminder that the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is right around the corner, 5/11/2019. This is the largest one-day food drive in our nation and 250 volunteers are needed. According to the Hawaii Foodbank, 1 in 5 residents utilize the food banks services. On average we bring in 500,000 pounds of food statewide from this food drive.

We have broken the night into 2 shifts since many people leave after dinner (6:30 p.m.) and we want to be sure that we have enough volunteers to finish sorting these donations. If possible, please consider staying for the entire night, 4-9 p.m. or sign up for the second shift, 6-9 p.m.

Complete and submit a Volunteer Application if you are interested in supporting and participating in building a healthier community!  Call (808)593-2149 if you have any questions.

Mahalo nui loa!

Salary Research Database For Jan 2019

Data gathered from the Office of Human Resources has been published on our UH Salary Research section and over the years has proven to be an invaluable resource that is easily available. This data is typically updated quarterly.  The specific salary sections updated as of January 2019 are organized by:

Legislative Update Newsletter Launches

Aloha UHPA Members,

Starting this week, UHPA will be sending out up-to-date notices as often as every Thursday about legislation, testimony and hearing notices that directly impacts faculty.  We’ll only publish articles about issues that affects you and we’ll explain why. On “slow weeks”, we won’t be sending anything out, so when you see an email with “Legislative Update”, you’ll know it’s worth your time.

Our seed list of subscribers are UHPA Board Members and UHPA Faculty Reps, but all UHPA members are welcome to subscribe, just email us and we’ll be happy to add you on the list.

For those that enjoy a good deep dive, you can always follow our bill tracker links and watch the same legislation that we’re watching.

We love hearing from UHPA members so don’t hesitate to hit reply on any issue and send us your questions and concerns.

Collective Bargaing Cost Items – ON IT

The House and Senate have introduced Bills to ensure that all cost items agreed upon will be included in the 2019 budget.  Both Bills have passed through their first committees.  We will keep you updated.

EUTF Health Benefit Total Premium Rates Effective July 1, 2019

The Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) Board of Trustees approved on 11/27/18 and 12/18/18 the new EUTF Health Benefit Premium Rates for active employees effective July 1, 2019.  Exhibit I breaks out the HMSA medical and CVS prescription drug rates and also shows a comparison of the July 1, 2018 and 2019 rates.  The monthly employee contributions are not provided at this time.

Tenure and promotion datasets updated for 2018

UHPA Members can access tenure and promotion data that includes 2016-2018 academic years.  Members can access both graphs and the tables producing those graphs published within a Google sheet.

UHPA Executive Director Kristeen Hanselman said, “Each year UHPA gathers information on faculty success in obtaining tenure, increased compensation with promotion, and completion of probationary periods thru contract renewal. These indicate that UH continues to replenish some tenured faculty positions and faculty members are successful in their career path. ”

This content is made available to UHPA Members only via our Google Drive files. If you’re not a member, signup is quick and easy via our online form.

 

UHPA Celebrates Representative Lisa Kitagawa

UHPA Celebrates One of Their Own

Newly elected Representative Lisa Kitagawa represents State House District 48. Lisa was born and raised in Kāne‘ohe where her family has lived for over four generations.

Lisa is a public school graduate of Castle High School (1998) and continued her education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  Kitagawa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Resources and her Masters degree in Higher Education Administration.

For 12 years Kitagawa was employed at UH Manoa. She was a faculty and UHPA member from 2006-2011 working for the Office of Student Affairs and teaching Education Administration through the College of Education.  She also served as APT staff and worked for the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.  Leaving in 2017 she became the key legislative aide to Representative Johanson House Labor Chair. It was Kitagawa in the 2018 session that was key to marshaling UHPA backed legislation through the House and Senate Committees in proper form and meeting all procedural deadlines.

Representative Kitagawa is knowledgeable about the University and committed to ensuring that faculty interests are protected and advanced.

We look forward to a rewarding working relationship with a new advocate for Higher Education.

UHPA Congratulates Senator Keohokalole

UHPA Congratulates Another One of Its Own
Senator Jarrett Keohokalole

Newly elected Senator Jarrett Keohokalole was elected to the Kāne‘ohe District 24 Senate seat vacated by Senator Jill Tokuda.  We congratulate Jarrett on his commitment to walk his Senate District and meet every person who would stop and engage with him in conversation.  We appreciate that he walked the District four times to establish his commitment to be visible and represent well his constituency.

Jarrett comes from a long family history in the Kāne‘ohe community.  He is the seventh generation to raise a Keohokalole family in this community.  He understands the difficulties young families experience in meeting demands for childcare, housing and obtaining good health care. He is committed to bringing improved infrasture to his District.

Keohokalole received his Bachalor of Arts degree in Journalism from the Universityof Hawai‘i at Mānoa and continued on to receive not only his JD from the William S. Richarson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa but additionally a Certificate in Native Hawaiian Law.  Upon graduation he was hired as an Assistant Faculty Specialist by the William S. Richardson School of Law and joined UHPA in 2013.

We worked well with Jarrett as a Representative and have already engaged with him in identifying the issues to be present in the 2019 legislative session.

UHPA Stands in Solidarity with Hotel Workers

UHPA stands in solidarity with the hotel workers who have been without a contract and believes the request of the 2,700 hotel workers on Oahu and Maui for fair wages and better working conditions is fair and reasonable.