UHPA Executive Director Christian Fern responds to UH President David Lassner’s email regarding the plans for online course conversion.
UHPA’s 2018 edition of UH Administrator salaries has been published with data as of March 2018. The interactive database lets you easily sort and filter on by campus or division. UHPA Executive Director Kristeen Hanselman suggests that you “Take some time to see what various administrators earn and how they are valued by the Board of Regents.”
On January 24, 2017 UHPA and UH concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on Letters of Hire. This was 16 months in the making and provides that items that are bargainable contained within a letter of hire can be enforced through the grievance procedure, including arbitration.
- All Unit 7 members must receive a written letter of hire.
- Letters of Hire shall contain all terms and conditions of employment offered and accepted by the faculty member. No undocumented promise is enforceable.
- All documents relating to the terms of hire shall be provided and attached to the letter of hire.
- UHPA shall receive all letters of hire and may grieve violations of the collective bargaining agreement.
- UH must consult with UHPA on hiring policies and procedures.
- UHPA and the UH administration will be discussing templates that create clarity and consistency in letters of hire based on the respective campus needs. UH Manoa, due to the number of hires and complexity of issues, will be reviewed first.
- As faculty members are engaged in hiring committees the collective bargaining agreement and the MOU on Letters of Hire should be given to potential new employees.
Always contact UHPA if you ever have questions or issues with your Letter of Hire.
Dr. Bennett wins!
Dr. Kevin Bennett, whose fight to enforce his letter of hire included a grievance, an HLRB case, an agency appeal to Circuit Court, and the possibility of a new lawsuit in Circuit Court, has resulted in a robust settlement. The University will provide the MRI System and a functional laboratory that will allow the Dr. Bennett to continue his research and expand that which can occur in Hawaii.
Dispute over Letter of Hire promises
Dr. Bennetts was recruited to the University of Hawaii due to his work on early diagnosis of kidney disorders and his ability to establish and operate an MRI center that would enhance the work of other faculty members and allow his research to expand. Arriving in 2013 and believing that the University would provide the necessary equipment and support as agreed to in a letter of hire, Dr. Bennett proceeded to work toward the procurement of the MRI. While there were problems obtaining the original equipment, an alternative MRI was identified and the procurement process was proceeding. In Fall 2015, Dr.Bennett was informed by the Interim Dean of Natural Science that the equipment would not be purchased. The University contended that the letter of hire was not binding and could be unilaterally altered.
Dispute resolved by Dr. Bennett’s resolve
On January 24, a settlement was reached between Dr. Bennett, the University, and UHPA that ends the dispute and results in the necessary support for Dr. Bennett in advancing his work.
In addition to Dr. Bennett prevailing in his specific case, UHPA and UH have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding on Letters of Hire. These two settlements could not have been achieved without the commitment of Dr. Bennett and the UHPA Board of Directors to hold firm in their convictions that the University must honor its commitments to faculty members.
It took 15 months but starting January 1, 2017 Dr. Kathleen Cole received the settlement to her grievance based on her improper removal as Biology Department chair in September 2015. UHPA represented Dr. Cole through both a prohibited practice and a grievance. These actions were based upon facts which indicated her advocacy for faculty member, Dr. Kevin Bennett whose letter of hire was not honored, contributed to her removal as department chair.
With the dismissal of Dr. Cole in September 2015, the research support, provided as part of the agreement to serve as department chair, ended. This support allowed Dr. Cole to continue her research as well as provide support for three graduate students. The students were forced to file a student grievance to obtain support; Dr. Cole was left without the necessary resources to continue her research.
In late December 2016 UH Manoa administration and UHPA staff arrived at a settlement that replenishes the research support that should have been provided to Dr. Cole. There is recognition that Dr. Cole appropriately performed her duties as department chair.
The settlement of $150,000 will be paid over a two year time period allowing Dr. Cole and her graduate students to advance their research endeavors.