Poll Results #1-6

Included are the poll results from Questions #1 -6.  The Collective Bargaining Committee will be reviewing the results. 

 

Notice to Bargaining Unit 07 Members

A notice to all BU07 Members were mailed to individual addresses with the following information from the EUTF office:

The UHPA initiated communication with the State regarding implementation of Article XXII, Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund Employer Contribution amounts, of the UHPA collective bargaining agreement. The EUTF has been notified by the Office of Collective Bargaining that the State agrees to pay for members of bargaining unit 7 the highest dollar amount contribution per month that is being paid for any other bargaining unit for the comparable health insurance plan coverage. There are two plans where the HSTA employer contribution is higher than the EUTF employer contribution: the Kaiser comprehensive plan and the EUTF (HMSA) supplemental plan (for self and family, not two-party). The result is that the EUTF has adjusted employer and employee contributions for BU 07 members enrolled in those two plans as shown on the next page.

The EUTF Board of Trustees has authorized a special open enrollment to permit changes due to the revised information regarding employer contributions. Members of BU 07 who wish to change their open enrollment selection (effective 7/1/07) to enroll in either the Kaiser comprehensive plan or the EUTF (HMSA) supplemental plan should follow the procedure below. The deadline for submitting the enrollment change (EC 1) form is July 25, 2007. For questions or assistance, contact the EUTF office at 586-7390 or toll free 1-800-295-0089.

Procedure for changing plan enrollment:

1) Print and complete the EC-1 form.

2) Take the completed form and this letter to your personnel office.

3) Request your personnel office to sign the form and fax the signed form to the EUTF at 586-2320 by deadline noted above.

4) Your enrollment deductions will be adjusted retroactively to July 1, 2007.

EUTF RATE COMPARISON – SELECTED PLANS – BU 07/OTHER BUs

 All Bargaining Units(Except BU 07 & BU 12)

BU 07 Only

KAISER COMPREHENSIVE PLAN (Medical, Drug, Chiro)
EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTION
Self Only

$149.44

$172.20

Two Party

$372.92

$372.92

Family

$484.00

$516.28

EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION
Self Only

$136.56

$113.80

Two Party

$342.74

$342.74

Family

$443.16

$410.88

EUTF (HMSA) SUPPLEMENTAL PLAN (Medical, Drug, Chiro)
EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTION
Self Only

$86.36

$100.92

Two Party

$216.26

$216.26

Family

$283.98

$303.04

EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION
Self Only

$55.76

$41.20

Two Party

$140.54

$140.54

Family

$183.86

$164.80

 

Health Insurance Premiums Revised for BU 07 Members

On June 14, 2007 Executive Director Musto received a letter from OCB Chief Negotiator Marie C. Laderta advising us about the State’s position on the necessary rate adjustment for BU07 members.  This has lowered monthly premium rates for the Kaiser Comprehensive Plan and the EUTF (HMSA) Supplemental Plan (self & family plans only).  For those already enrolled in these plans, the Employer-Union Trust Fund (EUTF) staff will work to ensure that the premium revisions are made prior to the 7/13/07 payroll.  In addition, the EUTF Board has authorized a special open enrollment for BU 07 members who want to enroll or change to one of these plans as a result of the revised employer/employee contributions.  The dates for this special open enrollment have not been set yet, but we will inform the faculty through an individual mailing as soon as the information is available.

“Lost Paychecks” for Hawaii CC Faculty

Notice to Hawaii Community College Faculty

December 19, 2006

“Lost Paychecks”

 Yesterday evening, it came to the attention of UHPA that paychecks and pay stubs for Hawaii Community College faculty members were not received on the 15th.  It appears that the checks were mailed by the State of Hawaii Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) but they were not received in Hilo.  Although the post office is attempting to trace the location of the checks, it appears that it has not left the Island of Oahu.

 

UHPA efforts to get either DAGS or the University of Hawaii to issue special checks to the faculty indicates that there would be a delay, which would mean that faculty members who were due actual paychecks would not receive them in time for Christmas.  This does not affect any faculty member whose pay is directly deposited into a bank or credit union or some other financial institution.  Therefore, UHPA will provide checks (net amount due) for faculty members who have not received them, pending the re-issuance of these paychecks by DAGS.

 

If you fall into this category and are not receiving a direct deposit of your paycheck and wish to have a short-term loan from UHPA, please call us collect at (808) 593-2157.  UHPA will see that these checks are delivered to Hilo by Friday, December 22, 2006.

Multi-tier Premium Rates for Health Insurance

The Employer Union Trust Fund, composed of representatives from the public sector unions and the state employers,  underwrites the health insurance for all public employees in the state.  The Trustees will be discussing alternative rate structures for the payment of health insurance premiums.  

UHPA has historically encourage increasing the number of premium rates so that  faculty members only needing to cover two parties do not need to pay for full family coverage.

 Currently, the only options are either single coverage or full family. The alternatives would include a three or four rate structure. Some faculty members have indicated that they would like a two-party rate, which would be less expensive than having to take full family coverage. The HGEA has opposed that alternative in the past since they represent more public employees who would need full family coverage than those who only require two-party coverage.

We would like your input. Please take the time to respond to this brief survey.  Remember that additional premium rates will cause the rate for full family coverage to increase.

 A meeting will be held with the EUTF administrator, Jim Williams, and the employee organizations to discuss these options on September 26th.

Payroll Lag

 [Hawaii State Supreme Court] The State’s final appeal of the payroll lag issue, where the state unilaterally delayed the payment of salary for all public employees beyond the end of the fiscal year to “save money,” has finally ended. The position of the UHPA has been upheld to the extent that we argued in the Federal District Court, Hawaii Labor Relations Board, and the State Circuit Court, that the then existing contract barred the state from implementing these new payroll dates from the prevailing pay periods of the 15th and 30th of each month.

Our current contract, which is effective through June 30, 2009, continues that bar. However, the Court majority did not agree that the subject of payroll dates was one of core subjects of collective bargaining. This means that the Court has said that the payroll date would not be a mandatory subject of bargaining, and could be subject to change through legislative action. (Governor Cayetano initiated the payroll lag and the state legislature enacted the law that removed the issue from scope of bargaining in 1996.)

In a concurring but dissenting opinion, Justice Acoba states, “The conclusion the majority arrives at runs contrary to the findings made by the HLRB and the federal courts that pay dates are material to collective bargaining….”Defendants [the State of Hawaii] did not challenge the court’s findings that injury would occur to Plaintiffs [UHPA on behalf of the faculty] if the pay lag were imposed. The court’s findings in this regard then must not be disturbed and, thus, the majority is incorrect.”

There will be no payroll lag before the end of this contract in 2009.  However, the issue of day dates will be another subject of bargaining, along with retirement issues and health insurance coverage, that has been taken away from public employees in Hawaii. 

UHPA will work to gain support from the other public sector unions, including HGEA and the HSTA, to repeal the law that took away payroll dates as subject of bargaining. If the law remains in effect, then UHPA will make proposals in the next round of bargaining that specifically provide that faculty members are fully paid the annual salary that is negotiated within the period of their appointments.

Manoa at Large Election Results

Ballots were due May 5, 2006.

Ballots were counted May 8, 2006.

1771 ballots mailed

 335 ballots received by deadline (19% voter turnout)
 – 4 ballots spoiled or invalid
—–
 331 valid ballots

[Amended 5/15/06 to delete percentages and total number of votes cast]

150 votes William Albritton
155 votes Richard W. Nettell
175 votes Amarjit Singh (elected)
194 votes Duane Stevens (elected)
199 votes Charles W. Weems (elected)

(some ballots had fewer than 3 votes)

The three elected candidates will represent Manoa at Large and serve on the Board of Directors from September 1, 2006 to August 31, 2009.

Manoa at Large Special Election Results

John Wendell, College of Business Administration, has won the special election
for UHPA Director representing Manoa at Large. His term begins immediately and will run until August 31, 2008.

The election results were:

 89  Catherine Chan-Halbrendt
 27  Michael D’Andrea
 72  Sarita Rai
112  John Wendell [elected]
—–
300  valid ballots received by deadline
   3  invalid ballots

Faculty Representative Election Results

PAU 024 Leeward Community College
2 yrs Jake De Ste Croix
1 yr  Stephen Herr

PAU 035 UH Hilo
2 yrs Ernest Kho
1 yr  Charles Simmons

PAU 116 UH Manoa Library Services
2 yrs Vickery Lebbin

Those elected for two-year terms will serve from June 1, 2006 to May 31, 2008.

Those elected for one-year terms will serve from June 1, 2006 to May 31, 2007.