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

HB 810, HD1 Relating to Collective Bargaining

The House Committee on Finance
Thursday, February 23, 2017
1:00 pm, Room 308

Attention:    Chair Sylvia Luke, Vice Chair Ty Cullen and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support passage of HB 810, HD1.

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 resolving 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 HB 810, HD1.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

 

HB 232, HD1, RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

The House Committee on Finance
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
3:00 pm, Room 308

Attention: Chair Sylvia Luke, Vice Chair Ty Cullen and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support HB 232, HD1, 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 HB 232, HD1.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

 

SB 919, Relating to Public Employment Cost Items

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor
Thursday, February 9, 2017
9:00 am, Room 016

 

RE: SB 919, Relating to  Public Employment Cost Items

 

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

 

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support passage of SB 919 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.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

 

SB 410, Collective Bargaining; Negotiations; Prohibited Practices

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor
Thursday, February 9, 2017
9:00 am, Room 016

 

RE: SB 410, Collective Bargaining; Negotiations; Prohibited Practices

 

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

 

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support SB 410, 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.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

HB 756, Making Appropriations for Collective Bargaining Cost Items

The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
10:00 am, Room 309

RE: HB 756, Making Appropriations for Collective Bargaining Cost Items

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 passage of HB 756 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 HB 756.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

HB 1556, HD1, SD1, Relating to The University of Hawai‘i

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

9:05 a.m., Room 016

RE:  HB 1556, HD1, SD1, Relating to The University of Hawai‘i

Attention: Chair Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair Maile Shimabukuro and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support the passage of HB 1556, HD1, SD1,  that provides faculty the opportunity to serve their communities not only as an educator but as a public servant.

The UHPA has advocated for faculty members to be allowed to participate as all other citizens without being subjected to a loss of employment for holding public office.  Over the years UHPA has testified on this issue and has proposed contract language that would extend the right to hold public office to UH employees.  UHPA has not been successful in these efforts and we believe that this has been detrimental to our faculty and their voices.

The current UHPA contract permits faculty to:

request leave of absence without pay or use vacation leave while campaigning for elective political office.  Faculty Members may continue working while campaigning for elective political office as long as the campaigning does not interfere with the duties and responsibilities of the Faculty Member, as determined by the Chancellor or Vice-President, and the Faculty Member complies with Board of Regents’ Policy, Section 9-5 [RP 9.205] (see R-04 of Reference Section), Political Activity (and subsequent amendments) and other applicable rules of the University.

The University of Hawai‘i faculty are members of communities throughout the State of Hawai‘i and must be provided equal opportunity, just like other citizens of Hawai‘i to hold public office.

UHPA urges passage of HB 1556, HD1, SD1.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman                                                                                                                                                            Executive Director

SB 2398, SD2, HD2 Relating to Collective Bargaining

The House Committee on Finance

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

2:31 P.M.,  Room 308

RE: SB 2398, SD2, HD2 Relating to Collective Bargaining

Attention: Chair Sylvia Luke, Vice Chair Scott Nishimoto and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support passage of SB 2398, SD2, HD2,  that amends Section 89-6 of the Hawai‘i Revised Statute to advance the interests of graduate assistants.  These employees are essential to instruction and research that contributes to the overall success of the University of Hawai‘i.  Graduate Assistants are employees in the full sense of the term with continuing access to positions based on job and academic performance.

UHPA supports the rights of graduate assistants to organize and collectively bargain.  Such a right is consistent with the labor tradition in our state and is compatible with an academic environment whereby the majority of employees have access to representation.

UHPA supports the passage of SB 2398, SD2, HD2.

Respectively submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman                                                                                                                                                     Executive Director

SB 2398, SD2, HD1 Relating to Collective Bargaining

The House Committee on Higher Education

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2:00 p.m.,  Room 309

RE: SB 2398, SD2, HD1, Relating to Collective Bargaining

Attention:    Chair Isaac Choy, Vice Chair Linda Ichiyama and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee support passage of SB 2398, that amends Section 89-6 of the Hawai‘i Revised Statute to advance the interests of graduate assistants.  We urge the committee to reject the SB 2398, SD2, HD1 amendments.

These employees are essential to instruction and research that contributes to the overall success of the University of Hawai‘i.  Graduate Assistants are employees in the full sense of the term with continuing access to positions based on job and academic performance.

UHPA supports the rights of graduate assistants to organize and collectively bargain.  Such a right is consistent with the labor tradition in our state and is compatible with an academic environment whereby the majority of employees have access to representation.

UHPA supports the passage of the SB 2398 language.

Respectively submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman                                                                                                                                                                Executive Director

HB 1556, HD1, Relating to The University of Hawai‘i

The Committee on Higher Education and the Arts

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

1:30 p.m.,  Room 224

RE: Relating to The University of Hawai‘i

Attention: Chair Brian Taniguchi, Vice Chair Lorraine Inouye and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support the passage of HB1556, HD1 that provides faculty the opportunity to serve their communities not only as an educator but as a public servant.

The UHPA has advocated for faculty members to be allowed to participate as all other citizens without being subjected to a loss of employment for holding public office.  Over the years UHPA has testified on this issue and has proposed contract language that would extend the right to hold public office to UH employees.  UHPA has not been successful in these efforts and we believe that this has been detrimental to our faculty and their voices.

The current UHPA contract permits faculty to:

request leave of absence without pay or use vacation leave while campaigning for elective political office.  Faculty Members may continue working while campaigning for elective political office as long as the campaigning does not interfere with the duties and responsibilities of the Faculty Member, as determined by the Chancellor or Vice-President, and the Faculty Member complies with Board of Regents’ Policy, Section 9-5 [RP 9.205] (see R-04 of Reference Section), Political Activity (and subsequent amendments) and other applicable rules of the University.

The University of Hawai‘i faculty are members of communities throughout the State of Hawai‘i and must be provided equal opportunity, just like other citizens of Hawai‘i to hold public office.

UHPA urges passage of HB1556, HD1.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman                                                                                                                                                                Executive Director