UHPA’s Aulani Resort special offer availability shrinking quickly – book now

We had an immediate booking response to our “Early Bird Announcement” last month about UHPA’s Aulani Resort heavily discounted offer.  We now have less than half of the reserved rooms available.  If you are considering bringing the family to the Aulani resort this year, we suggest you make your reservations now.  This event sells out every year and rooms go on a first-come, first-served basis.

Our special rates are in effect for Oct 25 & 26.  Want to stay longer? You can reserve dates up to 5 days before or after our special rate days as long as those dates include our special rate days.  This year brings a special treat as it overlaps with the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival “Life’s a Beach” event at the Ko Olina resort – tickets available separately.

Updated T-Mobile benefits

Our partners at T-Mobile have updated their “Amplified” offer for UHPA members, now including unlimited HD video streaming, improved international coverage, and unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi (where available). If you’ve been considering making a switch, this is the right time.

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Executive Director Search Underway at UHPA

The University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly (UHPA) is seeking an Executive Director to guide the union forward through the dynamic changes and challenges facing higher education.

The Executive Director will provide leadership to the Board of Directors and oversee the collective bargaining process, contract enforcement, and serve the exclusive bargaining unit of more than 3,000 faculty within the University of Hawai‘i System. Candidates must be able to successfully work in the diverse, unique, and complex culture of higher education in Hawai‘i, and navigate among the various labor and education stakeholders at the local and national levels.

  • Our dedicated Executive Director Search page will hold all published content regarding this search.
  • Salary and benefits are commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • The starting date is negotiable, but no later than November 2019.
  • Applications will be reviewed beginning August 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.
  • Applicants must submit a current resume, completed questionnaire, a statement explaining their ability and experience in meeting the stated expectations for the position, and the names and contact information for three professional references.
  • Submit application materials to edsearch@uhpa.org by July 29, 2019

Responsibilities and Qualifications of the UHPA Executive Director

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Board Governance. Leads the UHPA staff and Board of Directors in running the Organization.

  • Works with the Board to fulfill UHPA’s Mission.
  • Communicates with the Board in a timely and accurate manner to enable the Board to make informed decisions.

Financial Performance and Viability. Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the Organization.

  • Ensures the fiscal integrity of UHPA including submissions of proposed annual budgets and other financial statements, which accurately reflect the ongoing financial status of the Organization.
  • Supports the development of member recruitment and outreach to align with UHPA’s Mission.

Organization Mission and Strategy. Works with the staff and Board to ensure that the Mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and member and community outreach.

  • Implements UHPA’s programs that carry out the Organization’s Mission.
  • Develops strategic plans in consultation with the Board to ensure that UHPA can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
  • Enhances UHPA’s image and standing through active outreach and engagement within the community and working closely with other professional, civic, and private organizations.
  • Serves as UHPA’s primary spokesperson to the Organization’s constituents, the media, and the general public.
    Oversees marketing and other communications efforts.

Organization Operations. Oversees resources and implements plans to ensure that the operations of the Organization are appropriate.

  • Effectively administers daily office operations.
  • Hires and retains capable and qualified staff.
  • Signs all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the Organization.
  • Oversees the collective bargaining process, contract enforcement, and service to members.
  • Responds to member inquiries and recommends appropriate actions or assigns issues to appropriate staff.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Transparent, empathetic, assertive, and ethical leadership
  • Five or more years of nonprofit management experience
  • Three or more years engaged in union advocacy
  • Track record of successful negotiation
  • Evidence of adaptable and nimble management style
  • Hands-on budget management skills, including budget analysis, decision-making, and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of UHPA’s strategic future to staff, Board, and Union members
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate Board members and other Union members
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Evidence of ability to interface and engage diverse member groups
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff

Desirable qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and prior positive/constructive relationships with local unions, policy makers, and UH administration.
  • In depth knowledge and experience in past and current UHPA-UH Agreements.
  • Knowledge and expertise in higher education unions, including implications locally and nationally.

Political Action Fund Objection

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) has an active Political Endorsement Committee that has participated in state & federal elections through political endorsements, contributions to candidates and independent expenditures on behalf of our endorsed candidates. The UHPA Board of Directors has taken action to allocate from the dues of all UHPA Active members an amount of $5.00 a month to be placed in a Political Action Fund. The Fund will be subject to the accounting requirements and used for purposes consistent with the Hawaii State Election and Federal Election laws.

Our policy allows Active members of UHPA to object to the $5.00 per month allocation to the Political Action Fund. This will not lower their total dues, but it will not add to the total amount of funds allocated for partisan political purposes with respect to candidate endorsements and contributions. If an Active member chooses to object to this funding, they will not be allowed to vote on any recommendation for candidate endorsements made by the Board of Directors.

The request to withhold funding from the Political Action account must be made each year.  If you do not wish to contribute to the “candidate endorsement” fund for fiscal year 2019-2020, then you must sign, date, and return an UHPA Allocation Objection Form by September 3, 2019.

The UHPA Board of Directors has taken this action in response to the strong feelings held by some members that the union should not participate in making candidate endorsements or political contributions. However, we believe it is essential for a public sector union to maintain a political presence since the fundamental work of our bargaining with the State of Hawaii is ultimately subject to legislative approval.

Salary and Benefits Changes Effective July 1, 2019

Salary Increases
We are entering the third year of our four-year contract. All bargaining unit 7 members will see a salary increase of 2% effective July 1, 2019, which includes lecturers, whose updated fee schedules are outlined in Article XXI, Salaries of the UHPA-BOR 2017-2021 Contract.

EUTF Premiums and Contributions
The new EUTF Plan Year for Active Employees starts on July 1, 2019. Any plan changes made during the Open Enrollment Period (April 2019) will now be reflected in your payroll deductions.  The changes in premiums and contributions can be found here.

Announcement of New UHPA Faculty Representatives

Effective June 1, 2019 the newly elected UHPA Faculty Representatives started their three-year term. They are an important connection between the UHPA leadership and our Active membership.

Click here to find the UHPA Faculty Representative representing your department.

Unfortunately, only 79 of the 134 positions are currently filled. If the faculty rep position for your department is vacant and you are interested in serving, please send us an email at feedback@uhpa.org or call the UHPA office at (808)593-2157.

UHPA Making Difficult Post-Janus Budget Modifications

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Janus v. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) a year ago has impacted many unions across the nation.

Some union members are choosing to forgo paying membership dues since this is no longer required. Many are willing to gamble with the risks of not having union representation when confronted with adverse working conditions, even while a troubling number of grievances and other collective bargaining contract violations continue.

Becoming More Resilient

Although the intent behind Janus was to cripple unions, UHPA, like many other unions, is learning to adapt to this new environment and be more resilient. With the decreased number of paying UHPA members and a loss in the number of bargaining unit positions, UHPA’s Board of Directors recently reprioritized its budget for the new fiscal year beginning July 2019 to more effectively serve the dues-paying members.

Increased Resources for Contract Enforcement and Advancing Faculty Rights

The 2018-19 academic year saw a rise in the number of legislative and contract issues that threaten to undermine faculty rights and protections. Not only has the Governor attempted to modify the salary reopener settlement but is interfering in contract language that has been agreed to between the UH and UHPA. The continuation of supplying “private” faculty member information to legislators is ongoing. It is anticipated there will be needed enforcement activities which include arbitrations, HLRB proceedings, and court actions at an increasing level.

Seeking Stronger Alignment with Community Partners

UHPA has had to rethink the way it organizes to build a stronger base of support for its members. For example, this coming fiscal year, the UHPA Board of Directors voted to suspend sponsorship of PBS Hawaii and Hawaii Public Radio. The board also decided to withdraw from the Hawaii State AFL-CIO and seek community alliances that are more aligned with the objectives and values of UHPA to support the needs of UHPA members. These include family leave and affordable housing.

Watch for more details in the coming months.

UHPA’s 6th Annual Disney Aulani Resort accepting Early Bird reservations now!

Our very popular annual event returns for Oct 25 & 26, 2019.  Don’t miss out!

UHPA members love the Disney Aulani Resort. If you are an early bird planner, this is your chance to get the best rooms at our heavily discounted rates before they sell out as they do every year.

Our special rates are in effect for Oct 25 & 26.  Want to stay longer? You can reserve dates up to 5 days before or after our special rate days.  This year brings a special treat as it overlaps with the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival “Life’s a Beach” event at the Ko Olina resort – tickets available separately.

Island Club and Spa offers UHPA Members a very special gift of wellness!

Our newest member benefits partner at Island Club and Spa is offering deep discounts on enrollment and monthly membership fees.  Their announcement is provided below and we encourage all members to take advantage of this great benefit.

For July only, The Island Club and Spa is offering UHPA Members a Guest Membership:

Please enjoy a one-month complimentary guest membership to Island Club and Spa, the signature health and rejuvenation destination in Honolulu. Conveniently located in the beautiful Ko’olani complex and in the center of Waikiki at the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach.

Included with your one month guest membership:

  • Two complimentary one-hour personal training session to ensure you are on track to meet your health and fitness goals.
  • Single Guests may include a friend on their guest membership.
  • Towels and toiletries are provided. Free locker service.
  • Complimentary valet parking provided.
  • Over 60 group exercise classes provided at no cost such as Yoga, cycle, Pilates, Zumba and more!
  • Steam Room, Sauna and Whirlpool in ladies and men’s locker rooms.

 

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