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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Polynesian Cultural Center July 4th Celebration

The Polynesian Cultural Center (located at 55-370 Kamehameha Highway in Laie) joins with many around Hawai’i in the United States’ Independence Day festivities. In honor of recognizing those who give day in and day out for the betterment of our Hawai’i, they have extended an invitation to our members to come and enjoy the activities, games, food and retail vendors, entertainment, and especially the Fireworks Spectacular.

UHPA members are being offered the following discounts for their July 4th event:

  • Special $15 price for admission to the villages of the Polynesian Cultural Center (regular price is $64.95).
  • Special $15 price for their Island Buffet dinner served between 5 and 7 pm. A full family buffet with fresh fruits and salads, multitude of main dishes, a wide variety of desserts, as well as Pepsi fountain products.
  • Special $15 price for reserved seating in the 7:30 spectacular, Hā: Breath of Life. Be a part of the voyage of life as Mana navigates his journey from his birth, to the death of a loved one, to the birth of his own child. With this ticket purchase, guests will be able to enter a reserved standing area to view the Fireworks Spectacular, which will immediately follow Hā.

Guests may purchase any of the 3 offers above in any combination, but please note that only the Hā show ticket purchase will allow guests to access the reserved standing area for the fireworks viewing.

An UHPA member ID card holder may purchase up to 4 tickets per special, per ID. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended by calling (808)293-3333.

Get your complimentary financial review from HomeStreet Bank

Our partners at HomeStreet Bank are offering UHPA members a complimentary, no obligation, financial review. Their official announcement is below and if you’re interested, click on this link to get specific information on how to schedule your review.

Our partners at HomeStreet Bank say,

When making important decisions about your personal financial objectives, it’s critical to have a trusted financial partner with the skills, knowledge and experience to advise you on strategies to help you realize your dreams and achieve your goals. We start by listening, then asking questions to understand your position and perspective. It’s important to have a plan, but a plan by itself does not assure success. Our relationship with you goes deeper. We stay in touch, involving you at every stage of implementation, monitoring performance and meeting with you periodically for review.

To schedule your review, click on the button below contact information.  Please note that this service is for members of UHPA only.

 

 

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UHPA Prevails in Obtaining Revised Contract Renewal Letters for Probationary Faculty

UHPA filed a class grievance regarding the failure to properly inform probationary faculty of the contract renewal recommendations by the DPC and Department/Division chair by December 20, 2018 as provided by the collective bargaining agreement. This information can be critical to any faculty member who may be subject to non-renewal or has performance deficits that may raise concerns with a Dean or Vice Chancellor. The December date enables a probationary faculty member to determine what options may guide their future employment and ability to remain at the University of Hawaii.

Such defects in the process will be corrected for the 2019-2020 academic year. As a remedy
Faculty members who were improperly denied a contract renewal will be awarded a contract renewal. Faculty members who were renewed and received improper letters will be sent corrected letters which affirm their contract renewals.

UHPA 2019 NEWLY ELECTED DIRECTORS & OFFICERS

On Saturday, April 27, 2019 the UHPA Board of Directors met and welcomed eight newly elected and two re-elected Board members from across Hawai‘i .

Elected to represent their campus for three-year terms are:

  • Samuel Giordanengo, Associate Professor of History, representing Hawaii Community College.
  • Jeffrey Mexia, Assistant Professor in English, representing Kauai Community College.
  • Karla Hayashi, Director of Kilohana, representing the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
  • Daniel Harris-McCoy, Associate Professor of Language & Literature of Europe and Americas, representing the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.
  • Akihiko Masuda (re-elected), Associate Professor of Psychology, representing the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.
  • Erik Guentner, Professor of Mathematics, representing the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.
  • Glenn Teves (re-elected), Assistant Extension Agent of CTAHR Maui County, representing the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.
  • Nathaniel Hartmann, Associate Professor of Marketing, representing the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

Elected to represent their campus for one-year terms are:

  • Norman Takeya, Assistant Professor of Architectural, Engineering & CAD Tech, representing Honolulu Community College.
  • Jason Higa, Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Biochemistry & Physiology, representing the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

Lynne Wilkens, President of UHPA, conducted the meeting as her final act as President. The last item on the agenda was the election of new officers for the UHPA Executive Committee.  Congratulations to:

  • President: Ashley Maynard, UH-Mānoa
  • Vice President: Karla Hayashi, UH-Hilo
  • Secretary: John Casken, UH-Mānoa
  • Treasurer: Tom Apple, UH-Mānoa
  • Members-at-Large:  Erik Guentner (UH-Mānoa),  Jeffrey Mexia (Kauai CC), Glenn Teves (UH-Mānoa)

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.”