Last Call for UHPA Professional Excellence Award Nominations

Nominations Close on December 7

The UHPA Board of Directors proudly announce the establishment of an annual Professional Excellence Award open to all UHPA faculty members that recognizes the outstanding and superior performance of University of Hawaiʻi faculty that significantly contribute their dedicated service and commitment to the UH system and its respective campuses.  The award proclaims and bestows the Boardʻs respect and appreciation for the accomplishment by its faculty members that is purely member driven as all nominations and selections are determined by their peers.

A Formal Recognition of UH Faculty Excellence

The award recognizes the key and essential role that all UH faculty fulfill in advancing the mission of the UH system in the areas of instruction, research, service and extension.  It also recognizes the service and commitment that all UH faculty provide to the UH system in serving its students, staff, community and citizens of the State of Hawaiʻi.

All Classifications To Be Recognized

The Board will recognize one faculty member for each faculty classification in instructional, research, specialist, extension agent, librarian, and lecturer.  There will be one awardee per each faculty classification for the entire UH system.

Submit Your Nominations Now Before the 12/7 Deadline

The call for nominations begins today Monday, October 31, 2022 and runs through Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. Use this online form to submit your nominations.

Evaluations Conducted by Our Board

A committee of faculty of the Board will review the nominees for instructional, research, specialist, extension agent, librarian, and lecturer, as applicable, and will make its recommendations to the Boardʻs Executive Committee for final confirmation.

Awardees Announced in Spring ‘23

At the April 2023 UHPA Annual Board Meeting all nominees will be announced and the Board will formally announce the awardees of the UHPA BOD Professional Excellence Award during its “Celebrating Excellence” event.

The Board looks forward to recognizing its outstanding faculty members and thank all of you for your heartfelt support of our member driven organization.

Order Your UHPA Polo Shirt Now Before the Deadline

We Must Receive Your UHPA Polo Shirt Order Before 12/9/22

If you want yours, you must place your order before the 12/9/22 deadline.  

Exclusive for UHPA Members Only

We can now proudly wear our union’s solidarity in these Kahala polo shirts custom designed for UHPA members! There is no charge – these shirts come with your UHPA membership.

How to Order

  • Use this order form (opens in new window) to place your order.
  • Do it now – order deadline is December 9, 2022.

Details and Conditions:

  • Each Member may order 1 shirt. There is no charge.
  • You or a designated proxy must pick up your product on campus in the fall of 2023 – exact dates and times TBD
  • Additional shirts are not available – these are exclusively for members of UHPA and cannot be purchased.
  • You can only order your shirt using the order form.
  • Order deadline is December 9, 2022. We cannot assure fulfillment if deadline is missed.

Illustrations

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Check your inbox: “Rate My Administrator” 2022 Edition

Starting on October 17, 2022 all UHPA members were invited via email 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 was sent to the email address we have on file.  For most of you, that means your non-@hawaii.edu address so please check that email inbox.   If you have not supplied us with an alternate email address, your @hawaii.edu inbox will have the invitation.  Either way, you should have received the invite by now.     It will be addressed from “UHPA@claritykit.com” and the subject line will be “Rate My Administrator Survey Invitation”.

The UHPA Board of Directors has authorized Market Trends Pacific to conduct the survey and report the results and how those results have changed over time.  All submission data will be kept confidential. Only anonymous, summarized information will be published. 

As a participant in the survey, you will have the opportunity to rate any administrator(s) at any level relevant to your campus, i.e. Dean, Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Vice-President, and President. 

The anonymous, summarized results of the survey will be shared with UHPA members, the Board of Regents, and UH President David Lassner.

Notice on Confidentiality

No personally identifiable information will be collected or stored by UHPA, and the process does not utilize any University of Hawaii computers or equipment. This survey is independent of any 360 evaluations being distributed by the UH administration. All results will be structurally anonymous and no one will be able to determine the identity of respondents (including UHPA).

UHPA Endorses House Candidates

The Legislative Action Committee interviewed four candidates for the State House of Representatives.  Three are first time candidates and one is a second time candidate.  The LAC recommended with the Executive Committee approval that UHPA endorse all four candidates.

  • Andrew Garrett, House District 22
  • Darius Kila, House District 44
  • Rachele Lamosao, House District 36
  • Jenna Takenouchi, House District 27

The LAC was impressed with these candidates and their understanding of both academic concerns of faculty as well as the economic concerns of the University.  They did their homework prior to the interview by preparing to respond to the House Candidate Questionnaire provided them by the LAC.  This included the importance of our Community Colleges.

UHPA continues to endorse Speaker Scott Saiki, Gregg Takayama, Della Au Belatti and Stacelynn Eli.  Their strong support for UHPA faculty is greatly appreciated.

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Our UHPA member benefits partner HomeStreet Bank has published its October message: 

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2021-2025 Unit 7 Contract Now Available

The 2021-2025 Unit 7 contract has been printed and will be mailed to all UHPA members to their private residences starting next week.  If you donʻt receive your hard copy of the 2021-2025 Unit 7 contract within the next couple of weeks, please contact UHPA at 808-593-2157 (Ext. 221) or email UHPA at feedback@uhpa.org.

For UHPA members and non-members, an electronic version of the 2021-2025 Unit 7 contract is now available on the UHPA website with members having access to a searchable PDF version.

The UHPA Negotiating Team thanks all of you for your overwhelming support during this recent negotiations.

In Solidarity.

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 2022-2023, then you must sign, date, and return an UHPA Allocation Objection Form by September 16, 2022.

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.

Get Free Home Buying Content From HomeStreet Bank

 

 

 

Our UHPA member benefits partner HomeStreet Bank has a message for UHPA members that will give you the knowledge you need and may save you a considerable amount of money if you are buying a home:

UHPA Member Saving for Homeownership

For most people, buying a home is both an exciting and challenging venture—it is the quintessential American dream. However, because of the high costs involved, saving for home purchase takes commitment, research,and sometimes sacrifice. The button below will view a list of UHPA member-only content that will access to UHPA-specific numbers and links with general information on the costs involved and the types of expenditures you will need to save for in order to buy your first home.

 

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We’re Standing Firm for Sylvia Luke

In the world of Hawai‘i politics, election campaigns are generally civil. However, that rule goes out the window when a candidate is threatened and is at risk of losing. There is a no-holds-bar attack on leading candidates to thwart their progress in the polls.

Unfortunately, we see this happening now with TV ads attacking Sylvia Luke, who is leading in the polls for lieutenant governor. It’s not surprising that this type of messaging would emerge in the final weeks leading up to the primary election on August 13.

Influencing Those Who Are Undecided

According to a recent poll commissioned by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Sylvia Luke is leading with 21% of voters, followed by Keith Amemiya with 19% and Ikaika Anderson with 18%. Since the poll has a 5.6% margin of error, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser characterized the results as essentially a tie among these three Democratic candidates.

While the current negative campaigns may not be directed or approved by opposing candidates, the intention of those instigating these messages is to create distraction and plant seeds of doubt in a leading candidate, especially for those who are yet undecided.

How the undecideds vote can determine who will be Hawai‘i’s next lieutenant governor. According to the same Honolulu Star-Advertiser poll, 38% of Hawai‘i’s Democratic voters were undecided at the time of the poll. The door is wide open.

Standing by Our Endorsement

UHPA’s board of directors endorsed Sylvia Luke for lieutenant governor, and stand by the decision. Her decade of experience as chair of the House Finance Committee gave her insights into how state government works. She has a proven track record of getting things done.

  • During the pandemic, as UH faculty rapidly pivoted to remote and hybrid learning to ensure students could earn their degrees. This was in part backed by Sylvia Luke, who ensured government operations could continue without interruption.
  • When we saw our state’s unemployment rate skyrocket from 2% to nearly 22% in just five months during the early stages of the pandemic, Sylvia Luke also stepped forward to provide support for the thousands of Hawaii residents who lost their jobs and had to painstakingly navigate the unemployment insurance application process. UH faculty and support from other public-sector union members volunteered their time to ensure families could get by during that challenging period.
  • Syliva Luke also witnessed firsthand what was occurring in the Senate, with constant meddling and micromanagement by certain senators. She was able to mitigate some of the effects of those decisions by taking action in the House. We need state leaders like Sylvia who understand the role of UH and the importance of the legislators sticking to their role and not trying to run the university.

Vote for Sylvia Luke

Read more about our endorsement of Sylvia Luke.which UHPA announced in March and watch the YouTube of the announcement

When Will You Receive Your Pay Increase and Bonus?

Thanks to the UHPA Negotiating Team, and all of you for your overwhelming support, we’re happy to announce when the newly-contracted pay increases and retroactive bonus payments will be referenced in your paychecks.

According to UH Administration, all 11-month faculty are tentatively scheduled to receive their 3.72% salary increase on their July 20, 2022 pay date while all 9-month faculty are scheduled to receive their 3.72% increase on their August 20, 2022 pay date.

All eligible faculty, including eligible retirees, are tentatively scheduled to receive the 1% one-time lump sum payment on September 20, 2022 based on your annual base salary.

Both the pay raise and the bonus are in accordance with Article XXI, Salaries, of the 2021-2025 Unit 7 Agreement

In Solidarity.