The longtime head of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly says he’ll leave the organization next August.

The search is under way for a replacement for J.N. Musto, who has been with the union for more than 35 years.

The announcement is no surprise. Musto first told UHPA of his plans to retire in 2012, which has given the organization plenty of time to come up with a transition plan, UHPA president said in a press release.

That plan includes a nationwide search and the UHPA board hopes to begin reviewing candidates in mid-January.

Under Musto’s leadership, UHPA has become 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, according to the press release.

UHPA recently signed a new two-year contract that includes an 8 percent pay hike over the next two years.

J.N. Musto

J.N. Musto is the longtime executive director and chief negotiator for the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly.


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