HONOLULU (May 8, 2014)– The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA), the exclusive bargaining agent representing all faculty members of the University of Hawaii System, has endorsed Mark Takai for Congress.
“The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly has endorsed Mark Takai because of his commitment to quality education in Hawaii, and in particular, his support of the University of Hawaii,” said UHPA President David Duffy.
“In Congress, Mark will make sure that college stays affordable for working people. His deep and abiding interest in serving all the people of Hawaii will be the asset we need to represent us for years to come,” Duffy said.
All public employees in the State of Hawaii who are faculty members of the University of Hawaii System are represented by UHPA. They consist of lecturers, instructors, professors, librarians, specialists, extension agents, and researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Hawaii at Hilo, the University of Hawaii at West Oahu, the University of Hawaii-Maui College, Hawaii Community College, Honolulu Community College, Kapiolani Community College, Kauai Community College, Leeward Community College, and Windward Community College.
“I am extremely appreciative and thankful to the UHPA for their endorsement and support,” Takai said.
In his more than 20 years of experience in the Hawaii State House, Takai has always invested in improving the quality of public education and keeping higher education accessible and affordable to every student in Hawaii.
Takai authored the Hawaii’s College Savings Program and worked for six years to get it passed. Hawaii’s College Savings Program helps parents to save for college tuition and earn tax-free interest.
Takai also recovered more than $40 million in lost federal funds for Hawaii’s public schools by ensuring Hawaii’s inclusion in the U.S. Department of Education’s Impact Aid Program.
With this latest endorsement by the UHPA, Takai continues to build an unprecedented coalition of support – teachers, veterans, and building trades groups – in his bid to become the newest member of Hawaii’s congressional delegation.
Takai is endorsed by VoteVets, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, the Hawaii State Teacher’s Association (HSTA), National Education Association (NEA), Ironworkers Union-International, Hawaii Ironworkers Union-Local 625, American Postal Workers Union (APWU)-International, Hawaii APWU, United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW)-International, UFCW-Local 480, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, American Optometric Association, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Boilermakers-Local 627, Equality Hawaii, and the Hawaii State Chiropractic Association.