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Taking a Hard Look at Our Future Starts with Asking the Hard Questions

It’s a Good Time to Revisit Affiliation Since 2013, UHPA has been functioning as an independent union without a national affiliation. The UHPA board of directors voted to disaffiliate with the National Education Association (NEA) back in 2013 because it was the right thing to do at that time. Now 10 years later, the landscape is changing and perhaps it is a good time to revisit an affiliation with a national union. Affiliation with a larger, national union offers multiple benefits. However, [...]

2023-12-05T17:38:13-10:00November 8, 2023|Affiliation, Frontpage, Newsletter|

Should UHPA Consider Affiliation with the American Federation of Teachers?

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 University faculty across the nation are facing an increasing number of threats to academic freedom and equitable treatment, yet at the same time, there has been a decline in dues-paying union members. This has put faculty in a precarious position. The intersection of these dangerous trends has caused forward-looking local unions to look at ways [...]

2023-11-08T15:19:19-10:00November 8, 2023|Affiliation, Frontpage, Newsletter|

UHPA: 50 Years of Strength In Numbers

Next year, UHPA celebrates its 50th anniversary as the exclusive bargaining agent for UH faculty. It’s a huge milestone. While UHPA has evolved over the years, it has and always will be driven by the fact that there is strength in numbers and that delivering competitive wages, better working conditions, protecting academic freedom and governance for faculty must be of foremost importance. Recognizing The Need to Organize Since 1970 A historical trip back into time shows that when the Hawai‘i State Legislature [...]

2023-11-08T10:54:19-10:00October 30, 2023|Affiliation, Frontpage, Newsletter, Why UHPA|

Let’s Prepare For The Coming Battles

Our higher education colleagues across the nation are being put through the wringer, and it has not been easy to stomach. There is a haunting feeling that the University of Hawai‘i faculty will one day find themselves immersed and directly facing these same types of situations. Faculty Increasingly Affected by Labor Disputes Labor disputes are on the rise at universities across our nation over concerns about inflation, working conditions, academic freedom, and other governance issues. Many of these battles have intensified to [...]

2023-11-08T10:54:28-10:00October 27, 2023|Affiliation, Frontpage, Newsletter, Opinion, UHPA Organizational|

Welcoming Our Members to Fall 2023

Aloha UHPA Members: Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed a well-deserved summer break and are ready for the fall semester. Our Hearts Go Out For Maui I’m sure the Maui wildfires are top of mind for many of you. Over the past three weeks, we have seen the tremendous devastation to Lahaina and cannot help but feel a deep sense of loss. Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones or have suddenly become houseless as a result [...]

2023-08-31T23:03:18-10:00August 31, 2023|Academic, Frontpage, Newsletter|

Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi

There are no words that can describe the devastation, loss, and tragedy that occurred in Lahaina, Maui.  The incident has impacted so many families who have lost so much, not to mention the loss of life. As an island state, we are all connected and feel the loss either personally or emotionally. Kōkua  UHPA was informed that three of its Lahaina members have been significantly impacted by the incident and unfortunately lost their homes or were displaced.  As we pray for those [...]

2023-09-01T06:36:45-10:00August 31, 2023|Commentary, Frontpage, Newsletter|

Political Action Fund Notice

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 [...]

2023-09-01T11:33:58-10:00August 30, 2023|Frontpage, Newsletter, Political, UHPA Organizational|

Things to Consider Before A Housing Move

Our partners at HomeStreet Bank submitted the below article which contains useful information for our members. Follow this UHPA Membership Only link to access your UHPA HomeStreet Bank Benefits. There's no place like home. It’s your sanctuary, your place of rest, your family’s stomping grounds. Finding and settling into the perfect home brings such a rewarding feeling, but let’s be honest: The process leading up to it is no cakewalk. There’s a lot that goes into buying a home, but that doesn’t [...]

2023-07-26T11:48:15-10:00July 26, 2023|Frontpage, Membership Benefits, Newsletter|

New Law Creates Sustainable Future for Hawaii’s Public Unions

Hawaii’s public-sector unions, including UHPA, can face a brighter, more sustainable future, thanks to a new bill recently signed into law by Gov. Josh Green that amends Hawaii Revised Statutes, Chapter 89, which relates to unions and collective bargaining. Since the U.S Supreme Court decision in Janus v American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31, et. al. in 2018, public unions had the option of providing all faculty members the same benefits of dues-paying members. This obviously is [...]

2023-07-06T15:53:59-10:00July 7, 2023|News Flash, Newsletter|
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