Political Action Fund Objection

UHPA has an active Political Endorsement Committee that has participated in state & federal elections through political endorsements, contributions to candidates and independent expenditures on behalf of our endorsed candidates. The UHPA Board of Directors has taken action to allocate from the dues of all Bargaining Unit 7 members an amount of $5.00 a month to be placed in a Political Action Fund. The Fund will be subject to the accounting requirements and used for purposes consistent with the Hawaii State Election and Federal Election laws.

Our policy allows Active members of UHPA to object to the $5.00 per month allocation to the Political Action Fund. This will not lower their total dues, but it will not add to the total amount of funds allocated for partisan political purposes with respect to candidate endorsements and contributions. If an Active member chooses to object to this funding, they will not be allowed to vote on any recommendation for candidate endorsements made by the Board of Directors.

The request to withhold funding from the Political Action account must be made each year.  If you do not wish to contribute to the “candidate endorsement” fund for fiscal year 2018-2019, then you must sign, date, and return an UHPA Allocation Objection Form by October 1, 2018.

The UHPA Board of Directors has taken this action in response to the strong feelings held by some members that the union should not participate in making candidate endorsements or political contributions. However, we believe it is essential for a public sector union to maintain a political presence since the fundamental work of our bargaining with the State of Hawaii is ultimately subject to legislative approval.

Retroactive dues fix coming in Jan 5th paycheck

UHPA discovered that the University failed to deduct the appropriate dues from the retroactive paychecks issued on December 5, 2017. As a consequence of this administrative oversight, UHPA notified the University. The University has responded that faculty members will see a slightly higher deduction of dues in the January 5th payroll.

The University has assured UHPA that they will be notifying all faculty members of this event in order to prevent any surprises.
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Below is a copy of the University’s notice sent to BU07 members on 12/08/17:

Subject: Notice regarding December 5, 2017 paychecks

Aloha,
This email is to notify members of the University of Hawaii
Professional Assembly that UHPA union dues for retroactive pay
increases were not assessed from the December 5, 2017 paychecks. The
retroactive portion will be deducted as required by law, rule or
agreement from the January 5, 2018 paychecks.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If there are
questions, please contact your respective departmental human
resources office.

Thank you,
Office of Human Resources
https://www.hawaii.edu/ohr/

UHPA Contract Funded by Legislature

On September 1, 2017 the Legislature approved the salary appropriations for the UHPA contract for 2017 and 2018. The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature. He is expected to sign.

Today’s information indicates that back pay will not be received in the October 5 payroll. It may be late October or November depending on the mechanics of the retroactive calculations. A more accurate date will be known in the next couple of weeks.

And for the future… the Hawaii Labor Relations Board issued a Declaratory Ruling on August 28, 2017 that states that Chapter 89, the Collective Bargaining law, “does not bar the Governor or the Legislature from addressing or not addressing cost items as defined in HRS chapter 89 during a special session”.

This means a Governor and the Legislature may take action during a special legislative session to appropriate funds for public employee contracts. This issue was raised in early August by the Governor’s office and has now been satisfactorily resolved.

UHPA Seeks to Allow Legislature to Appropriate Salary Funds during a Special Legislative Session

UHPA filed a request that the Hawaii Labor Relations Board rule on whether the Legislature may appropriate funds for a collective bargaining agreement during a Special Legislative Session. Over the course of this month, it became clear that there were issues being raised by the Governor’s office and the Speaker of the House that the collective bargaining law, Chapter 89, might not allow an appropriation be made during a Special Legislative Session. To be clear neither the Governor’s Chief of Staff nor Speaker Saiki would reveal their specific concerns to UHPA Executive Director Hanselman. UHPA was informed that the Attorney General was being asked to comment on some technical issues. President Lassner was also not informed of these matters by the Governor’s office.

This lack of candor is antithetical to the practice of good faith negotiations.

UHPA believes that there is no prohibition to the funding of a collective bargaining agreement during a Special Legislative Session. UHPA seeks to have this issue resolved should a Special Session be conveyed this year. There are no decisions previously issued on this matter.

UHPA wants faculty members to receive their salary increases as quickly as possible. Delaying an appropriations until 2018 has a negative impact on the pocketbooks of faculty and retroactive lump payments can have tax consequences.

You will be informed of the outcome of this request for a ruling from the Hawaii Labor Relations Board. Time is critical with a Special Legislative Session tentatively scheduled to begin next week.

 

National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive

Each year, the Hawaii State AFL-CIO is proud to sponsor the Food Drive in partnership with our sister unions.  This year will be the 25th anniversary and we ask again for assistance to help in this humanitarian endeavor by volunteering on May 13th to sort the donated food.  Volunteer Forms are due by April 28, 2017.

We greatly appreciate your support in this essential food drive and for providing support to Hawaii’s families in need.

Political Action Fund Objection

UHPA has an active Political Endorsement Committee that has participated in state & federal elections through political endorsements, contributions to candidates and independent expenditures on behalf of our endorsed candidates.  The UHPA Board of Directors has taken action to allocate from the dues of all Bargaining Unit 7 members an amount of $5.00 a month to be placed in a Political Action Fund.  The Fund will be subject to the accounting requirements and used for purposes consistent with the Hawaii State Election and Federal Election laws.

Although all faculty members in the UH System are members of Bargaining Unit 7, not all faculty members choose to be members of UHPA.  However, they are still required to pay an amount equivalent to member dues.  These non-members are given an opportunity each year to object to certain expenditures made by UHPA that are unrelated to our duties under HRS Chapter 89, including political action contributions.  They can receive a rebate of these funds based upon objections made annually.

Our policy will allow members of UHPA to object to the $5.00 per month allocation to the Political Action Fund.  This will not lower your total dues, but it will not add to the total amount of funds allocated for partisan political purposes with respect to candidate endorsements and contributions.  If a member chooses to object to this funding, they will not be allowed to vote on any recommendation for candidate endorsements made by the Board of Directors.

The request to withhold funding from the Political Action account must be made each year.  If you do not wish to contribute to the “candidate endorsement” fund for fiscal year 2016-2017, then you must sign, date, and return an UHPA Allocation Objection Form by August 1, 2016.

The UHPA Board of Directors has taken this action in response to the strong feelings held by some members that the union should not participate in making candidate endorsements or political contributions.  However, we believe it is essential for a public sector union to maintain a political presence since the fundamental work of our bargaining with the State of Hawaii is ultimately subject to legislative approval.

 

New UHPA Board of Directors Installed and Officers Elected

Congratulations to the newly elected UHPA Board members who were announced at UHPA’s 42nd Annual Membership meeting held at Honolulu Community College on Friday, April 29, 2016.  The following members were elected to fill three-year terms on the various campuses–five seats for University of Hawaii at Manoa and one board seat each for Hawaii Community College, Kauai Community College and University of Hawaii at Hilo:

UH-MANOA
Teresa Bill, Assistant Professor of Women’s Center
Jennifer Griswold, Assistant Professor of Meteorology
Ellen Hoffman, Professor of Education
Lynn Nakamura-Tengan, Professor of Human Nutrition, Food & Animal Sciences
Glenn Teves, Assistant Professor of Tropical Plant & Soil Sciences
HAWAII CC
David Tsugawa, Instructor of English
KAUAI CC
Richard Randolph, Associate Professor of English
UH-HILO
Norman Arancon, Associate Professor of Horticulture

Additionally, at our April 30, 2016 Board Meeting, UHPA’s new officers were elected. Congratulations to (pictured above from left to right), Norman Arancon (Vice-President)Lynne Wilkens (President), Eric Denton (Treasurer) and Sarita Rai (Secretary).  The three Members-At-Large (not pictured) are Tom Apple, Sally Pestana and David Tsugawa.

We thank our new board and officers for their service to our faculty!

UHPA Annual Membership Meeting on April 29, 2016

Please be informed that the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) will be holding its 42nd Annual Membership Meeting at:

Honolulu Community College
Building 2, Room 214
874 Dillingham Blvd
Honolulu, HI  96817

on

Friday, April 29, 2016

from 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

See campus map

Top 10 uses for www.uhpa.org

At a recent presentation, UHPA’s Chief Technology Officer, Peter Kay, presented his “Top 10 Uses for www.uhpa.org”. It was requested that his slides be published, and here they are. Note that each slide hyperlinks to the web page discussed.