HB 2015, HD1, Relating to the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefit Trust Fund

The House Committee on Finance
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
1:00 p.m.,  Room 308

RE: HB 2012, HD1, 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 HB 2012, HD1, 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 union’s 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 HB 2012, HD1.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

HB 2012, HD1, Relating to Collective Bargaining

The House Committee on Finance
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
1:00 p.m.,  Room 308

RE: HB 2012, HD1, 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 HB 2012, HD1, 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 union’s 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 HB 2012, HD1.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

HB 2015, Relating to the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund

The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment

and
The House Committee on Public Safety Friday,

February 12, 2016
10:00 a.m., Room 309

RE: HB 2015, Relating to the Hawaii Employer-­Union Health Benefits Trust Fund

Attention: Chairs Mark Nakashima and Gregg Takayama,
Vice Chairs Jarrett Keohokalole and Kyle Yamashita and Members of the Committee’s

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support HB 2015,that provides pertinent exemptions needed in Chapter 103­D Hawaii Revised Statutes Procurement Code, restructures the composition of the EUTF Board, retaining legal counsel other than the AG’s office and health plans based on collective bargaining contributions from both employers and employees.

UHPA supports these changes as a step in the right direction. Greater flexibility in response time to problems, a more representative Board serving its membership, an independent legal counsel, and appropriate contributions.

UHPA urges the committee to support HB 2015.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman                                                                                                                                                     Executive Director

HB 2012, Relating to Collective Bargaining

The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment

and
The House Committee on Public Safety Friday,

February 12, 2016
10:00 a.m., Room 309

RE: HB 2012, Relating to Collective Bargaining

Attention: Chairs Mark Nakashima and Gregg Takayama,
Vice Chairs Jarrett Keohokalole and Kyle Yamashita and Members of the Committees

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support HB 2012,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 union’s 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 long­term.

UHPA urges the committee to support HB 2012.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman                                                                                                                                                      Executive Director

SB 2434, Relating to the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor

Friday, February 5, 2016

9:30 a.m.,  Room 016

RE: SB2434, Relating to The Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund

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 SB2434, that provides pertinent exemptions needed in Chapter 103-D Hawaii Revised Statutes Procurement Code, restructures the composition of the EUTF Board, retaining legal counsel other than the AG’s office and health plans based on collective bargaining contributions from both employers and employees.

UHPA supports these changes as a step in the right direction.  Greater flexibility in response time to problems, a more representative Board serving its membership, an independent legal counsel, and appropriate contributions.

UHPA urges the committee to support SB2434.

Respectfully 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