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Dr. J.N. N. Musto

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Executive Director

University of Hawaii Professional Assembly
1017 Palm Drive
Honolulu , Hawaii 96814
United States

Company Description: The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly has been the exclusive bargaining agent for the faculties of the University and Community Colleges of Hawaii since...   more

Employment History

  • Lecturer and Graduate Student
    UH Professional Assembly
  • Executive Director
    UH Professional Assembly
  • Executive Director and Chief Negotiator
    Central Michigan Faculty Association
  • Executive Director and Chief Negotiator
    Ferris State College Faculty Association

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    University of Hawaii Professional Assembly
  • Board of Regents
    UH Professional Assembly
  • Trustee and Chairman
    Hawai'i Public Employees Health Fund
  • Board Member
    Research Corporation of the University of Hawai'i


  • graduate degree
  • Ph.D.
    University of Michigan
  • Ph.D.
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J.N. Musto, executive director of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, the faculty union, says he resents the Legislature meddling in this issue.
UHPA Staff & Consultant's Directory - University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, 19 Dec 2014 [cached]
J. N. Musto, Ph.D. Executive Director 593-2157 ext. 223
UH faculty union leader announces intent to step down in 2015, 1 June 2012 [cached]
J.N. Musto, longtime executive director of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, the union representing faculty throughout the UH system, has announced his intention to step down from his post at the end of his current contract, according to a summary of the May 2012 UHPA Board of Directors meeting sent to all members.
Musto "stated that he will not seek or accept another employment contract" when his current contract expires on August 31, 2015.
Musto has been at the UHPA helm for over 30 years. According to testimony last year in support of his appointment to the Education Commission of the States, he joined UHPA as director in 1980, although a Star-Advertiser profile last year dated his tenure to 1979.
In addition to his duties as executive director, Musto served as the union's chief negotiator during bargaining with the state. The union has been involved in two strikes under his leadership. During Musto's tenure, UHPA has also developed considerable political clout, and has backed its political endorsements with cash and other forms of campaign support for its candidates of choice.
UHPA directors received a memo from Musto discussing major issues to be faced over the next three years, including negotiating a new contract and planning for the transition to a new executive director. The board approved releasing Musto from his regular duties over the next year in order to work on that transition plan, which is scheduled to be considered by the UHPA board in May 2013.
Musto earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1973, with a dissertation titled, "Policies, practices, and extent of professional staff reductions in selected Michigan school districts."
In Senate testimony last year, Musto described his own educational background:
J.N. is one of those leaders who manages to polish labor's image in the community. His departure, even though planned well in advance, will mark a major transition for UHPA and the university, and likely the larger labor community as well.
(Honolulu, Hawai'i) - J. N. ... [cached]
(Honolulu, Hawai'i) - J. N. Musto, Executive Director and Chief Negotiator of the University of Hawai'i Professional Assembly (UHPA) has announced he is planning to retire in August 2015 after more than 35 years in the position. "Dr. Musto first informed us of his plans to retire at a board meeting in 2012, and this has given us ample time as an organization to develop a transition plan to continue to effectively serve our 4,000 faculty members across the ten University of Hawai'i campuses statewide," said David Duffy, UHPA President.
UHPA's transition plan includes finding a successor to Musto. A nationwide search for qualified candidates officially began this month with ads placed in such publications as the Chronicle of Higher Education. The UHPA board plans to start reviewing candidates mid-January 2015.
"We recognize it will be difficult to find a leader of Dr. Musto's caliber, which is one of the reasons we are starting now and casting a very broad net," Duffy said.
Dr. Musto's example of relationship-building and his contributions to the advancement of collective bargaining in our state definitely earn him a permanent place of honor in the history of the Hawai'i labor movement." Under Musto's leadership, UHPA also emerged as a recognized force in political races, providing substantial financial and tactical support to those it endorsed despite its relatively smaller membership size in comparison to other public sector unions. Musto culminates his career with a signed two-year contract with Gov.
Background on J. N. Musto
While pursuing a graduate degree, J. N. Musto was a secondary school biology teacher, with the intent to revolutionize the development and teaching methods of biology curricula. It was his personal mission to introduce new education reforms based on experiential teaching.
His focus on science later transitioned to a deeper academic pursuit of law and education, which led to Musto earning a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1973. His dissertation was titled, "Policies, Practices, and Extent of Professional Staff Reductions in Selected Michigan School Districts."
He taught educational law and public sector employment at Northern Michigan University, while also spending two years supervising student teachers in both Michigan and Wisconsin. This experience gave him insights into the full spectrum of educational settings, extending from Native American reservations to the most advanced university research facilities. Before coming to Hawai'i, Musto was the Executive Director & Chief Negotiator for the Central Michigan Faculty Association and the Ferris State College Faculty Association, affiliates of the Michigan Education Association. During this period he participated in the organizing of faculty unions from California to New York and Florida on behalf of the National Education Association. Throughout his career, he has often been called on to give national presentations on a wide range of topics related to public employment and the unionization of college and university faculty.
In addition to serving with UHPA, Musto has supported the community in other ways. He served on the board of directors of the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai'i (RCUH); was a trustee and chairman of the Hawai'i Public Employees Health Fund and later as a trustee of the successor Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF); and served on several nonprofit boards, including the Aloha United Way, the Epilepsy Society, and Hawai'i Literacy, Inc. During the 2014 Legislative Session, Governor Abercrombie re-appointed Musto as one of seven Commissioners to the Education Commission of the States (ECS).
Neil Abercrombie, J.N. Musto, UHPA Executive Director and Chief Negotiator; and David Duffy, UHPA President; David Lassner, UH President; John Morton, UH Vice President for Community Colleges; and Jan Sullivan, Vice Chair of the UH Board of Regents.
The event at the State Capitol underscored what can be accomplished when there is a collaboration, mutual respect and a desire to uphold the spirit of collective bargaining, as envisioned in Chapter 89 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, said J.N. Musto. This was Musto's last contract before his planned retirement in August 2015.
Gov. Abercrombie, whose term officially ends in January 2015, said in a quivering voice that the contract represents his 55-year relationship with the UH. He noted that he had been in contract negotiations for UH faculty since he first came to Hawaii as a lecturer and graduate student at UH-Manoa.
J.N. Musto, executive director of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, is familiar with contracts and how they and the university work. He says it's a tragedy for the university to go through another personnel situation.
J. N. Musto reaffirmed UHPA's commitment to contractualizing important principles related to MOUs on Workforce Housing (R-19), Childcare and Child care Leave (R-20), and Distance and On-Line Learning (R-21) at UHPA's Faculty Forum held on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
UHPA news — University of Hawaii Professional Assembly [cached]
UHPA Associate Executive Director Kristeen Hanselman attended the meeting on Dr. Musto's behalf.
Inquiries from Kapiolani Community College faculty has prompted J.N. Musto to send a letter to Chancellor Richards.
Randy Perreira, J. N. Musto, and Dayton Nakanelua have signed a joint letter to the Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF).
By Randy Perreira, executive director of Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA); J.N. Musto, Ph.D., executive director and chief negotiator of University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA); Dayton Nakanelua, state director, United Public Workers (UPW); Dwight Takeno, interim executive director, Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA); and Wil Okabe, president, Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA).
UHPA Executive Director and Chief Negotiator, J. N. Musto, presented testimony to the UH Board of Regents on May 20, 2009.
Fringe Benefits
These meetings are a continuation of conversations with J. N. Musto, Chief Negotiator, and members of the Collective Bargaining Committee describing the status of negotiations between the State of Hawaii and the UH BOR with the UHPA. An update on the current legislative budget and appropriation bills will also be presented.
Therefore, Executive Director J. N. Musto seeks support from the Hawaii Congressional Delegates to prevent this from being implemented.
Executive Director J. N. Musto submitted testimony concerning the proposed UH System Reorganization Plan at the UH Board of Regents' meeting on March 15, 2007.
Executive Director J. N. Musto delivers checks to Hawaii Community College faculty in time for Christmas.
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