HB 1940, HD1, Relating to Collective Bargaining

The House Committee on Higher Education

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
2:00 p.m., Room 309

RE: HB 1940, 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 HB 1940, HD1, that amends Section 89­6 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.

U H P A  urgest passage of H B 1 9 4 0 , H D 1 .

Respectively submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman                                                                                                                                                    Executive Director

SB 2435, Relating to Collective Bargaining

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

9:30 a.m.,  Room 016

RE: SB2435, Relating to Collective Bargaining

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 SB2435, that provides unions the ability to negotiate contributions to the Employer Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) and the benefits provided through the health plans.

This Bill reinforces the unions’ belief that benefits are an integral part of employee compensation and should be negotiated between unions and employers.  Negotiating both premiums and benefits provides unions the ability to identify benefit features that meet the needs of their members without the loss of key coverage.

The ability to negotiate will provide greater incentives which can assist in controlling costs over the long-term.

UHPA urges the committee to support SB2435.

Respectfully submitted,

 Kristeen Hanselman                                                                                                                                                Executive Director

HB 1940, Relating to Collective Bargaining

The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

9:30 a.m.,  Rm 309

RE: HB1940, Relating to Collective Bargaining

Attention:    Chair Mark Nakashima, Vice Chair Jarrett Keohokalole and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support passage of HB1940 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 passage of HB1940.

Respectively submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman                                                                                                                                                Executive Director

HB 1685, Relating to the University of Hawai‘i

The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

9:30 am,  Room 309

RE: HB 1685, Relating to the University of Hawai‘i

Attention:    Chair Mark Nakashima, Vice Chair Jarrett Keohokalole and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to oppose passage of HB1685 as it prohibits the University of Hawai‘i from seeking the highly qualified faculty in a highly competitive vocation.

There are relatively few members of the faculty who qualify at this level of income.  The few who are in this category contribute financially through grants, endowments and other financial contributions they bring to the University system.  The financial contributions of these highly skilled, specialized faculty can amount to two or three times their salary.

It would appear that HB1685 would have a punitive impact on retaining, recruiting and growing a state of the art teaching institution in Hawai‘i and be counterproductive to the work of this legislative body.

UHPA urges the committee to oppose HB1685.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman                                                                                                                                                 Executive Director

HB 1556, Relating to the University of Hawai‘i

The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

9:30 a.m.,  Room 309

RE: HB1556, Relating to the University of Hawai‘i

Attention:    Chair Mark Nakashima, Vice Chair Jarrett Keohokalole and Members of the Committee

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

The value added to the student of a faculty member who has experienced the process of being elected to public office, serving the people through knowing the community needs and crafting the language for county ordinances or state statutes that improve their lives is not found in academic text.  This experience is where praxis intersects with theory and excellence is achieved.

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

Respectfully submitted,

 Kristeen Hanselman                                                                                                                                         Executive Director

HB 1619, Relating to Collective Bargaining

The House Committee on Higher Education

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

2:00 p.m.

RE: HB1619, Relating to Collective Bargaining

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

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) strongly urges the committee to oppose HB1619 that would deny the right of a select group to have a voice in the workplace, receive protections of health and safety, job training and other work-related issues guaranteed by union membership.

This Bill penalizes a select group of unionized workers.  Their Constitutional protections should not be denied.

UHPA opposes HB1619.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman                                                                                                                                    Executive Director