Enjoy a break at the Aulani Resort November 3 & 4th 2017

UHPA is happy to announce our 4th annual UHPA Aulani Resort member-only benefit.  Stay at Disney’s Aulani Resort on 11/3 and/or 11/4 at a highly discounted rate.  Make your reservations now as this offer only comes once a year, we have limited availability and previous years have sold out.  Enjoy!

 

 

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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.

SB 3 Relating to Public Employment (House)

The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment
And
The House Committee on Finance

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Auditorium
1:00 p.m.

RE: SB 3 Relating to Public Employment

Attention:    Chairs Aaron Ling Johanson and Sylvia Luke,
Vice Chairs Daniel Holt and Ty Cullen and Members of the Committees

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) appreciates the consideration the legislature has extended to faculty members during this special session.  We respectfully request the Committee support passage of SB  3 which is a measure to appropriate funds for fiscal biennium 2017-2019 for salary costs for public employees in collective bargaining unit (7) and for certain employees excluded from collective bargaining.

UHPA requests the committee support SB 3.

 

Sincerely,
Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

SB 3 Relating to Public Employment (Senate)

The Senate Committee on Labor

and

The Committee on Ways and Means

Monday, August 28, 2017
Conference Rm. 211
11:00 a.m.

RE: SB 3 Relating to Public Employment

Attention: Chairs Jill Tokuda and Donovan Dela Cruz, Vice Chairs J. Kalani English and Keith-Agaran and Members of the Committees

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) appreciates the consideration the legislature has extended to faculty members during this special session.  We respectfully request the Committee support passage of SB  3 which is a measure to appropriate funds for fiscal biennium 2017-2019 for salary costs for public employees in collective bargaining unit (7) and for certain employees excluded from collective bargaining.

UHPA requests the committee support SB 3.

Sincerely,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

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.

 

GM 60 Chairperson and Representative of the Public of the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board

The Senate Committee on Labor
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Room 225
2:45 p.m.

RE: GM 60  Chairperson and Representative of the Public of the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board

Attention: Chair Jill Tokuda, Vice Chair Kalani English and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) supports the confirmation of Marcus Oshiro, as the Chairperson and Representative of the Public of the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board.

Representative Oshiro brings an appreciation for the role that collective bargaining has played in meeting the needs of public employers while addressing the necessary employee protections and compensation needed to attract and maintain a skilled workforce throughout the state. He has demonstrated he possesses insight and creativity in meeting the changing nature of employer and employee relations as the political and economics of public environment undergo significant stress.

His time as a member of the Hawai‘i State Legislature provides him with a unique understanding of the Statutes that govern the process and procedures involved in Chapter 89.  

UHPA urges the Committee to confirm Marcus Oshiro as the Chairperson and Representative of the Public of the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board.

 

Respectfully Submitted,
Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

Aulani Resort returns! Save the date: Nov 3-5 (2017) for the 4th annual UHPA Offer

What has now become an annual event repeats this year and it’s your chance to join UHPA members enjoy an exclusive offer of discounted rates at the Aulani Resort below published kama’aina rates.

Keep your calendars clear and look to your inbox for further announcements.

 

Register now for free Lunch and Learn financial wellness seminar

UHPA,  via our partners at HomeStreet Bank, is excited to present “Financial Wellness”  on Wednesday October 18 at noon!  Light lunch and refreshments will be provided courtesy HomeStreet Bank. Please note this is for members of UHPA only and if you’re not yet a member you can easily sign up online right now.

Why should you attend?

If you are a homeowner or aspire to own a home this seminar is for you. Learn about first time-home buying, the current market and great tips and techniques to ensure you taking advantage of historically low rates.

If you’re buying or refinancing, don’t miss this!

As a UHPA member you are eligible to receive thousands of dollars in credits towards your closing costs on a purchase or refinance. In addition if you are purchasing a home and use a realtor in the program they also credit you an additional amount toward your closing costs.

What you will learn:

  • Basics of purchasing a home
  • Types of mortgages available to you
  • Preparing financially
  • How to finance your home purchase
  • Special programs available to first time home buyers

Seating is limited! Reserve your seat and lunch now for October 19, Noon

We only have a finite number of seats and we anticipate this seminar will be very popular. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be reserved in advance so if you plan on attending please do so immediately.

 

Can’t make this class? there are other choices:

Our friends at HomeStreet Bank are holding free classes at various locations throughout Oahu. Attendance is FREE for UHPA members and refreshments will be served.

HomeStreet Bank says:

“Considering buying a home? Attend an upcoming seminar and learn how to build a budget,
prepare your credit, and get a comprehensive overview of the homebuying process from
a noncommissioned Affinity loan officer and other real estate professionals before you start
looking for a home.”

Reserve your seat via the links below:

September 2017 – Kapiolani

October 2017 – Kapiolani

Spend a day at Wet’n’Wild park for less than kama’aina rates

UHPA welcomes our new benefits partner with a fabulous deal that members can enjoy year-round. Get discounted tickets (below kama’aina rates!) from Wet’n’Wild when you buy online.

Hawaii Foodbank Hunger Walk — September 16, 2017

The 13th Annual Hawaii Foodbank’s Hunger Walk will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Waterfront Plaza. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the Walk begins at 9 a.m. Click here for information on how to participate.

Please spread the word!