In response to the SCR 201 feedback form content we’ve received, UHPA has published a Primer on Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 201 and related UH Policy Proposed Changes to assist members with understanding and accessing relevant documents. The primer includes: Overview of the SCR 201 purpose Justification for Policy Changes Key Changes at a Glance Links to redlined versions of each affected Regent and Executive policy Read SCR201 Primer The primer and redlined policy changes are made available to UHPA [...]
Holding Power In Check to Protect UH Faculty UHPA is not afraid to speak up to those who abuse their power since it ensures those with authority stay in their lane. As the exclusive bargaining representative for UH faculty, UHPA never hesitates to voice our concerns when there is a threat to UH faculty. UHPA was asked by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (“Key state senators call for University of Hawaii President Lassner to resign” see also PrintReplica link) to share our perspectives about [...]
Joint Statement of the University of Hawai‘i (UH) and the University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly (UHPA) on systemwide guidance for the promulgation of workload policies and workload assignments. February 22, 2022 As a result of a UHPA Class Grievance filed on April 30, 2019 challenging the process used to make revisions to a workload policy by a particular college at one of the UH’s four (4) year campus, the Vice President of Academic Strategy at the time wanted to make sure no [...]
UHPA & UH Reach Agreement UH and the UHPA Negotiations Team have reached an agreement on a new Telework Policy that will go into effect on January 3, 2022 and runs through June 30, 2023. The existing COVID-19 Voluntary Telework Policy will be expiring on December 31, 2021. Similar to What We Have Today The new Telework Policy will essentially maintain the current requirements and exemptions for Faculty from: 1) exemption from the submission of work plans; 2) the completion of Online [...]
“Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”-- Winston Churchill Permitted Interaction Group (PIG) or Wild Pig On Friday, September 10, 2021, the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents posted their agenda and meeting materials for the September 16, 2021 meeting. Included on the agenda was the report of the Tenure PIG. Based on the February 18, 2021 BOR meeting, the Tenure PIGʻs purpose and scope was to review and investigate the issue of tenure in areas including [...]
Regent Jan Naoe Sullivan said “freezing tenure” should be considered.
Agreement reached with President and Governor over Covid-19 impacts on promotion, tenure and contract renewal Last week the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) finalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with President David Lassner and Governor David Ige on addressing the possible negative consequences and impacts the unanticipated switch to on-line instruction due to COVID-19 may have on tenure, promotion, and contract renewal. Agreement result of combined efforts These concerns were raised by UHPA Faculty Members who are serving on Temporary Work [...]
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 [...]
The UH Board of Regents amended RP 9.201 to give authority to the UH President to grant Tenure and Promotion. In the past it was the responsibility of the Board of Regents.
On January 24, 2017 UHPA and UH concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on Letters of Hire. This was 16 months in the making and provides that items that are bargainable contained within a letter of hire can be enforced through the grievance procedure, including arbitration. Key Provisions All Unit 7 members must receive a written letter of hire. Letters of Hire shall contain all terms and conditions of employment offered and accepted by the faculty member. No undocumented promise is enforceable. All [...]