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Members Ask: What’s the Process to Affiliate?

This Q&A is part of a continuing series that we introduced with the “Taking a Hard Look at Our Future Starts with Asking the Hard Questions” article Why is the decision regarding affiliation with AFT a decision of the UHPA board, and not its members?   Section 3 of UHPA’s By-laws require that affiliation decisions be made by the Board of Directors.  This language has remained unchanged since at least 2007 and was most recently approved by the membership in April 2023.  It [...]

2023-12-05T16:50:54-10:00December 5, 2023|Affiliation, Frontpage, Newsletter|

Members Ask: Is AFT Politically One-sided?

This Q&A is part of a continuing series that we introduced with the “Taking a Hard Look at Our Future Starts with Asking the Hard Questions” article Isn’t it true that the political arm of AFT is the most committed supporter of Democrats (>99% of candidates) of any similar union?   A recent concern that was expressed by a UHPA member was that a UHPA-AFT affiliation would NOT be a good idea because the AFT is the most committed supporter of Democrats (>99% [...]

2023-12-05T16:50:50-10:00December 5, 2023|Affiliation, Frontpage, Newsletter|

Members Ask: Do UHPA Lifetime Members Get AFT benefits?

This Q&A is part of a continuing series that we introduced with the “Taking a Hard Look at Our Future Starts with Asking the Hard Questions” article Do the AFT member benefits extend to lifetime members - i.e., UH retirees who are UHPA members?  Yes, AFT does offer member benefits through its retiree chapter.   Feedback is Always Welcomed As always, we’re open to feedback from our members, so please don’t hesitate to email those suggestions to feedback@uhpa.org.

2023-12-05T16:50:49-10:00December 5, 2023|Affiliation, Frontpage, Newsletter|

Members Ask: What is AFT’s Local Political Experience?

This Q&A is part of a continuing series that we introduced with the “Taking a Hard Look at Our Future Starts with Asking the Hard Questions” article Please identify and list AFT’s work and experience at the Hawaiʻi legislature and local politics AFT does not have direct experience nor performed any work with the Hawai’i legislature or with local politics and politicians because it has never had a presence or an affiliate in the State of Hawaiʻi. However, the AFT is no [...]

2023-12-05T16:50:24-10:00December 5, 2023|Affiliation, Frontpage, Newsletter|

UHPA Faculty Makes the Case for Affiliation

Why Affiliate?   UHPA has carried out its work effectively without affiliation since voting to disaffiliate with NEA. Defend the Attacks on Intellectualism Even before the Janus decision, it was clear policy makers and big employers across the United States were coming after unions and the ability of unions to organize.  Even though the Janus decision has not resulted in the death of unions, the attacks continue.  Interwoven throughout the anti-union attack is the attack against intellectualism, which ultra-conservatives correctly view as impediments [...]

2023-11-28T17:08:35-10:00November 28, 2023|Affiliation, Frontpage, Newsletter|

Does AFT Offer Any Member Benefits?

(This Q&A is part of a continuing series that we introduced with the “Taking a Hard Look at Our Future Starts with Asking the Hard Questions” article) Yes AFT offers numerous exclusive member benefits. UHPA has offered a range of member benefits, and as an affiliate of AFT, UHPA will be able to offer more extensive and comprehensive member benefits to our membership. UHPA believes that this is especially important to meet the growing needs of our diverse membership base. Benefits for [...]

2023-11-28T17:07:44-10:00November 28, 2023|Affiliation, Frontpage, Newsletter|

Thankful for the Value of Unions

Aloha UHPA Members:Hawaii’s high cost of living can make living in paradise a living hell and a financial struggle for many in Hawaii. It’s not easy to make ends meet when wages are not commensurate with the high costs for housing, food, fuel, and other essentials.But it’s fair to say that without unions and its engaged members, wages would be even lower, leading to the unfortunate reality of seeing more residents leaving our state in search of greener, less costly pastures. We [...]

2023-11-21T16:46:06-10:00November 21, 2023|Affiliation, Commentary, Frontpage, Newsletter|

How Will AFT Augment UHPA?

While a national union can offer great insights and expertise, shouldn’t we also look at building our own capacity at the local level? (This Q&A is part of a continuing series that we introduced with the “Taking a Hard Look at Our Future Starts with Asking the Hard Questions” article) Yes, building local capacity and ensuring there is a transfer of knowledge adds another dimension to affiliation.  AFT knows the importance of training for local unions and faculty members. AFT has conducted [...]

2023-11-21T16:46:03-10:00November 21, 2023|Affiliation, Frontpage, Newsletter|

Why is AFT the Best Fit for Affiliation for UHPA?

(This Q&A is part of a continuing series that we introduced with the “Taking a Hard Look at Our Future Starts with Asking the Hard Questions” article) While it's easy to see how affiliation will broaden our influence and strengthen our collective strength and voice as faculty, choosing an affiliation that will best represent UHPA requires due diligence. In the past, UHPA has disaffiliated from organizations such as the National Education Association (NEA) because they weren’t focused on higher education issues; didn’t [...]

2023-11-13T16:30:29-10:00November 13, 2023|Affiliation, Frontpage, Newsletter|

Isn’t it true national unions are really structured to benefit themselves, not the local unions?

(This Q&A is part of a continuing series that we introduced with the “Taking a Hard Look at Our Future Starts with Asking the Hard Questions” article) AFT’s Model Is Different This may be the case for some national unions, but in our exploration and examination of AFT, we found a different model.  In our in depth discussions with AFT, it was clear that their focus is creating and expanding the labor movement, not to support themselves, but the greater good of [...]

2023-11-13T16:30:22-10:00November 13, 2023|Affiliation, Frontpage, Newsletter|
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