HB 810, HD1, SD1 Relating to Collective Bargaining

The Committee on Ways and Means
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
1:30 pm, Room 211

Attention:    Chair Jill Tokuda, Vice Chair Donovan Dela Cruz and
Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support the passage of the HB 810, HD1 version of the measure.  The Senate Draft 1 version of the measure removed the appropriate remedy for Bargaining Units 01, 05 and 07 for conflict resolution, since these bargaining units are not subject to binding arbitration.  

Chapter 89-9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, outlines the scope of negotiations and consultation and Chapter 89-11, Hawaii Revised Statutes, outlines the resolution of disputes and impasse procedures between the exclusive representative and the employer.  The amendments to these respective sections outlined in HB 810 HD1 will provide the appropriate pathway for all bargaining units to resolve disputes between the exclusive representative and the employer regarding contributions to the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF).   

UHPA urges the committee to support passage of the HB 810, HD1 version.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

SB 137, SD2, HD1, RELATING TO UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII RESEARCH

To The House Committee on Judiciary
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
2:00 pm, Room 325

Attention: Chair Scott Nishimoto, Vice Chair Joy San Buenaventura and
Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support  SB 137, SD2, HD1. The intent of this bill is to codify what is currently an Ethics Code Advisory Opinion (No. 1992-2) that allows faculty members to advance technology transfer activities at the University of Hawai‘i without penalties for commercializing their work which financially benefits the University.

The ability of faculty to work closely with students provides unique opportunities for mentoring, guiding and developing innovative and creative property that have the potential for commercialization. Revisions to the Code of Ethics enhances this potential.

SB 137, SD1, HD1 would ensure the long-standing ethical research principles and technology transfer regulations currently used by the federal government.  This also supports the ability of the University to be competitive for external research funding and attracting and retaining innovative faculty.

This benefits both the State and the University by removing current uncertainties surrounding the Advisory Opinion.  SB 137, SD2, HD1 provides an effective and efficient transfer of the results of research in a collaborative manner.

UHPA supports the passage of SB 137, SD2.

Respectfully submitted

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

SB 137, SD2, RELATING TO UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII RESEARCH

The House Committee on Higher Education
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
2:00 pm, Room 309

Attention: Chair Justin Woodson and Vice Chair Mark Hashem, Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) supports of SB 137, SD2, The intent of this bill is to codify what is currently an Ethics Code Advisory Opinion (No. 1992-2) that allows faculty members to advance technology transfer activities at the University of Hawai‘i without penalties for commercializing their work which financially benefits the University.

The ability of faculty to work closely with students provides unique opportunities for mentoring, guiding and developing innovative and creative property that have the potential for commercialization. Revisions to the Code of Ethics enhances this potential.

SB 137, SD1 would ensure the long-standing ethical research principles and technology transfer regulations currently used by the federal government.  This also supports the ability of the University to be competitive for external research funding and attracting and retaining innovative faculty.

This benefits both the State and the University by removing current uncertainties surrounding the Advisory Opinion.  SB 137, SD2 provides an effective and efficient transfer of the results of research in a collaborative manner.

UHPA supports the passage of SB 137, SD2.

Respectfully submitted

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

HB 424, HD1, Relating to The University of Hawaii

The Committee on Higher Education and the Arts
And
Committee on Government Operations
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
1:20 pm, Room 414

Attention: Chairs Kai Kahele and Donna Mercado Kim, Vice Chairs Michelle Kidani and Russell Ruderman and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support HB 424, HD1 that reinstates the authority and responsibility for all procurement contracts under chapter 103D, Hawaii revised Statutes, to the University President.

The ability of the University to expedite construction needs for repair and maintenance as well as new construction is essential to enhancing instruction and research. The physical conditions that students and employees experience influence recruitment and retention. For too long the need to remove impediments in procurement has languished resulting in repairs and replacement of buildings being delayed. The University President should have both the authority and the accountability for procurement.

UHPA urges the committee to support HB 424, HD1.                                                                     

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

SB 249 SD2 Relating to Retirement

The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
10:00 am, Room 309

Attention: Chair Aaron Ling Johanson, Vice Chair Daniel Holt and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly opposes SB 249 SD2.  As with all previous attempts to diminish retirement benefits for judges, UHPA cannot support the erosion of benefits that normally assist in attracting and retaining qualified individuals to serve as judges.

UHPA requests that the Committee oppose SB 249 SD2.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

HB 847, HD1, RELATING TO UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII RESEARCH

The Committee on Higher Education and the Arts
And
The Committee on Economic Development, Tourism and Technology
Friday, March 17, 2017
1:30 pm, Room 414

Attention: Chairs Kai Kahele and Glenn Wakai, Vice Chairs Michelle Kidani and Brian Taniguchi and Members of the Committee
The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) supports HB 847, HD1. The purpose of this bill is to codify through placement into statute, that which is currently an Ethics Code Advisory Opinion (No. 1992-2) that allows faculty members to advance technology transfer activities at the University of Hawai‘i without penalties for commercializing their work which financially benefits the University. UHPA believes this proposed legislation will make it clear that technology transfer is recognized appropriately in state law.

HB 847, HD1 would ensure the long-standing ethical research principles and technology transfer regulations currently used by the federal government.  This also supports the ability of the University to be competitive for external research funding and attracting and retaining innovative faculty.

This benefits both the State and the University by removing current uncertainties surrounding the Advisory Opinion.  HB 847, HD1 provides an effective and efficient transfer of the results of research in a collaborative manner.

UHPA supports the passage of HB 847, HD1.

Respectfully submitted

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

SB 410, SD1, RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment
Thursday, March 16, 2017
9:00 am, Room 309

Attention:    Chair Aaron Ling Johanson, Vice Chair Daniel Holt and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support SB 410, SD1 which encourages the parties to a collective bargaining agreement to negotiate in a manner that effectuates the purpose of Chapter 89. Such purpose includes recognizing that public employees have a voice in determining their working conditions. This proposed measure advances the cooperative relations between employers and employees that establishes a healthy collective bargaining environment.

UHPA encourages the Committee to support SB 410, SD1.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

SB 919, SD1, RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS

The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
9:00 am, Room 309

Attention: Chair Aaron Ling Johanson, Vice Chair Daniel Holt and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urge the Committee to support passage of SB 919, SD1 which is a measure to appropriate funds for fiscal biennium 2017-2019 for salary costs for public employees in collective bargaining unit (7) and for certain employees excluded from collective bargaining.

UHPA urges the committee to support SB 919, SD1.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

SB 134, RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor
Monday, February 27, 2017
10:00 am, Room 016

Attention: Chair Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair Karl Rhoads and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) opposes SB 134 relating to a statutory prohibition on smoking, tobacco use and the use of electronic smoking devices by any person on the premises of the University of Hawaiʻi.  The University already has the authority and the ability to prohibit smoking and the use of tobacco and electronic smoking devices as noted in Section 1 paragraph 3 of SB 134.

The University has worked with UHPA in the past and continues to work with UHPA to ensure a healthy working conditions for the faculty and subsequently the students.  It continues to be the right of UHPA to work with the University to ensure that any policy that impacts faculty work environment promotes “positive health practices.”

We appreciate the opportunity to continue retaining the determination of best practices in the workplace; in the workplace rather than in statute.

UHPA opposes the passage of SB 134.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

SB 919, SD1, RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
10:05 am, Room 211

Attention: Chair Jill Tokuda, Vice Chair Donovan Dela Cruz and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urge the Committee to support passage of SB 919, SD1 which is a measure to appropriate funds for fiscal biennium 2017-2019 for salary costs for public employees in collective bargaining unit (7) and for certain employees excluded from collective bargaining.

UHPA urges the committee to support SB 919, SD1.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director