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New UH Telework Policy Published

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 [...]

2021-12-11T22:05:55-10:00December 13, 2021|Academic, COVID19, Frontpage, Monday Report, System Policy, UH Administration|

Lipstick Won’t Help This Tenure PIG Mess

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 the history and purpose of tenure at IHEs, particularly regarding the University of Hawai‘i [...]

2021-09-24T11:41:53-10:00September 27, 2021|Academic, Frontpage, Monday Report, UH Administration|

Here We Go Again On Tenure Battles

“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 [...]

UHPA Files Dissent on Tenure Group Discussions

The following is a copy of UHPA Executive Director Christian Fernʻs dissent to the Board of Regents Permitted Interaction Group (see page 188) on Tenure, Sept 10, 2021. Letter of Dissenting Opinion  (also published on page 211 of the BOR Sept 16 meeting materials) Aloha Chair Moore and Board of Regents: On February 18, 2021, the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents established and gave the Tenure Permitted Interaction Group (“Task Group”) an important assignment; to fully explore tenure, including its history [...]

UH Testing Mandate Begins August 23

The University of Hawai‘i administration has informed UHPA that they were told to implement Governor David Igeʻs Emergency Proclamation of August 5, 2021 mandating COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated UH employees to be effective beginning today, Monday, August 23, 2021. Expect Confusion and Disruption Due to the rush and short notice for the UH to implement Governor Ige’s Emergency Proclamation of a testing mandate, UHPA expects that campuses will have difficulty in rolling out and understanding how to implement and enforce this testing [...]

2021-09-02T09:25:08-10:00August 23, 2021|COVID19, Frontpage, Monday Report, UH Administration|

UHPA Responds to Campus Reopening Plans

As UHPA continues to join with the UH administration to battle budgetary concerns created by the Senate, it is critical to ensure we remain in alignment with UH administration on other issues impacting faculty and students. It is imperative that we see eye-to-eye on the details of the campus reopening to move forward together. Clear communication and open dialogue are critical to avoid misunderstandings and missteps so we can effectively address bigger issues affecting public higher education in Hawaii. We Successfully Worked [...]

2022-01-28T18:05:53-10:00May 31, 2021|COVID19, Frontpage, Monday Report, UH Administration|

Listen to The Conversation between UH and UHPA

UHPA Executive Director Christian Fern & Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno spoke with Catherine Cruz from Hawaii Public Radio On Dec 29, Catherine Cruz of Hawaii Public Radio invited UHPA Executive Director Christian Fern and UH Provost Michael Bruno on “The Conversation” for a one-hour discussion, “UH Administration Talks Labor Contracts, Federal Aid Ahead of 2021.” The discussion is worth a listen and covers topics such as: Reorganization efforts at UH ManoaHow UH positively impacts Hawaii’s economic landscapeImpact of furloughs on the UH [...]

2020-12-30T19:50:41-10:00December 30, 2020|Frontpage, Monday Report, UH Administration, UH Funding|

Deferring Payroll Tax Obligation

On August 8, 2020, President Trump directed the Secretary of the Treasury to defer the withholding and payment of the employee portion of social security taxes from September 1 to December 31, 2020. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirmed on September 3, 2020 the tax deferral is optional and employers are not required to participate. The directive does not eliminate the tax liability for employees. The IRS advised on August 28 that employers that choose to participate should withhold the deferred taxes [...]

2020-09-24T21:29:09-10:00September 24, 2020|Financial, Frontpage, Newsletter, UH Administration|

UHPA Requests Cease and Desist to Governor and UH

Dear Governor Ige, President Lassner, and Board of Regents: As the public employers defined in Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), §89-6(d)(4), for the purposes of negotiating a collective bargaining agreement for Unit 7 Faculty Members of the University of Hawaii (UH), the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) submits this written letter in response to the Tuesday, August 18, 2020, Civil Beat Article entitled “Ige Plans Furloughs For Public Workers In November.”    Over the past several months, numerous public statements, news articles, resolutions, [...]

2020-08-28T15:49:19-10:00August 18, 2020|Contract negotiations, Frontpage, UH Administration|
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