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Saturday, November 7, 2020
How HSTA Won ‘Work’ from Home at Kapolei HS
By News Release @ 9:37 PM :: 1007 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...teleworking for all staff, effective Wednesday, Nov. 4 through Wednesday, Nov. 11, with school facilities expected to reopen Nov. 12....

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Sunday, November 1, 2020
DLIR: Half of New Unemployment Claims Fraudulent
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 1560 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... measures were being taken to detect the fraudulent claims and turn them over to the appropriate authorities ....

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Monday, October 26, 2020
Hawaii gets 13 more weeks of unemployment
By News Release @ 11:19 PM :: 1467 Views :: Economy, Labor, COVID-19

... Federal-State Extended benefits begin Tuesday, Oct. 27 for Hawaii workers who have exhausted their state and federal jobless benefits ....

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Monday, October 26, 2020
Pension Debt: Hawaii Among 5 Worst
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 1327 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Five states continue to carry elevated long-term liability burdens above 20% of personal income in fiscal 2019, including Illinois (at 27% of personal income), Connecticut, New Jersey, Hawaii and Alaska. For all of them, pensions remain the driver of elevated liabilities....

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Friday, October 23, 2020
Rail and Bill 80 two peas in a pod
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:43 PM :: 1207 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Rail, Tourism

...Two examples of the old way of thinking, both in Honolulu....

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Monday, October 19, 2020
Bill 80 Imposes Rehiring Formula on Hotels
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:03 PM :: 1551 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Tourism

...rehire employees according to a strict formula based on an occupancy ratio....

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Sunday, October 11, 2020
Academic Leadership
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1380 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Labor, COVID-19

...an example of leadership in the face of the COVID-19 crisis....

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Saturday, October 10, 2020
27,000 Hawaii workers exhausted jobless benefits in September
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 1517 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii 2020 unemployment claims surpass 380,000 ....

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Employment Recovery: Nobody Lags Like Hawaii
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 1526 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

...Hawaii has recovered just 13% of the jobs lost since the start of the pandemic....

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Thursday, October 1, 2020
Doing the Job HGEA Cannot--DLIR Contractor Launches Unemployment Call Center
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 1055 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... 200 Trained Operators Will Answer Phones ....

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Saturday, September 26, 2020
Rep Tulsi Gabbard: Ban Vote Harvesting
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1267 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Office of Elections

...While some states have prohibited vote harvesting, many states lack any regulations that would stop third-parties from fraudulently collecting and mishandling ballots as has occurred in recent elections....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Pollyana approach not working
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:08 PM :: 1252 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... At the beginning of the year, our governor boasted about his efforts to put the state on a “sound financial footing.” What a difference a few months can make ....

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Friday, September 18, 2020
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 12.5% as Workers Leave Workforce
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 1369 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Jobs declined by 105,200 over-the-year....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Ige Appoints new Director and Deputy at DLIR
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 1299 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Meanwhile: Top Three Failure Reward: Former DLIR Director Scott Murakami takes job at DBEDT....

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Monday, September 14, 2020
Low Income Hawaii Workers Income Jumped in April and May
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 1224 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

...Hawaii was the second-most-dependent state on the additional $600 in unemployment benefits that expired at the end of July.....

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Friday, September 11, 2020
Hawaii Crime Boss Busted for Racketeering, Murder; Infiltrated Teamster Local
By Selected News Articles @ 8:20 PM :: 2754 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Law Enforcement

...Especially noteworthy is Miske’s involvement with unions, particularly International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 996, which represents drivers hired to do movie and television scenes....

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
HGEA Retaliation:  Hawaii Dept Of Health Whistle-blower Forced Out with Bogus Firearm Threat
By News Release @ 5:39 AM :: 3697 Views :: Ethics, Labor, COVID-19

... “Josh Green basically took her case to the Attorney General and presented to the Attorney General for whistleblower immunity,” Dr. Miscovich said ....

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Saturday, September 5, 2020
45 Companies--13,701 Layoffs Since Aug 1
By Selected News Articles @ 10:17 PM :: 2304 Views :: Economy, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

...These notices only represent announcements by companies in the state that have 100 or more employees....

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Saturday, September 5, 2020
Maui News workers seek to prevent outsourcing of community coverage
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 1162 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, Labor

...Ogden Newspapers is seeking the ability to have Mainland workers edit stories and design the pages....

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020
CARES Act: Ige Orders Refill of Unemployment Fund
By News Release @ 3:58 AM :: 1223 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...On July 31, 2020, Governor Ige returned SB126 with line item vetoes. Of the $321,000,000 that was struck from the bill the Governor intends to utilize the funding for the following priorities....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Ethics: DoH Employee Fined $25K for Running Private Business on State Time
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 1748 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor, Small Business

...DoH is too busy to respond to the State Auditor and too busy to organize contact tracing because they are working real estate deals on State time with the Board and Care home operators they regulate.  And their union wants them to be paid to 'work' from home again....

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Friday, August 28, 2020
DLIR: State Has Issued $2.9 Billion in Benefits Since March 1
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 1051 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

“We are still experiencing a significant increase of workers still attached to an employer being fully released from employment."

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
HGEA preparing COVID-19 class action grievance
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 1335 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...HGEA preparing COVID-19 class action grievance....

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Friday, August 21, 2020
Hawaii Unemployment 13.1% -- Thousands Quit Looking
By News Release @ 8:17 PM :: 1362 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... The unemployment rate would have been much higher except that there were nearly 30,000 fewer people in the labor force than a year ago ....

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Friday, August 14, 2020
Kishimoto Pushes Back Against HSTA 'Scare Tactics'
By News Release @ 4:17 AM :: 1614 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...Mr. Rosenlee encouraged teachers to show up for paid training days over the past two weeks, and now he is telling teachers not to show up for students. The union demanded this additional training for teachers, at a cost of nine fewer instructional days for students, but is trying to prevent students from having the same opportunity....

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Friday, August 14, 2020
HGEA: Pay us to 'work' at home again
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 1217 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...COVID surge prompts HGEA to tell Departments: Limit physical presence at worksites....

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Thursday, August 13, 2020
HSTA Files Lawsuit to Block School reopening--No Request for Injunction
By Video @ 5:53 PM :: 1659 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...Injunction to stop students from returning to campus dropped....

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020
HSTA: COVID on Nine Campuses--No Public Announcement
By News Release @ 7:42 PM :: 1318 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...In the last 11 days, there have been at least nine campuses with coronavirus cases in which some staff were quarantined and campuses were closed....

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Friday, August 7, 2020
DoE: No In-person Oahu Schools for First Four Weeks
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 1344 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...Starting on Aug. 17, all O'ahu public schools will be implementing full distance learning models....

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Saturday, August 1, 2020
161,000 Hawaii Unemployed Fall off Cliff at Midnight?
By Rep Gene Ward @ 5:20 AM :: 1529 Views :: Economy, Labor

"...At the stroke of midnight tonight (July 31) there will be over 161,000 Hawaii residents about to fall off the federal unemployment cliff and there appears to be no solution at hand...."

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Saturday, July 25, 2020
DLIR: Fraudsters got $35.98M from Hawaii Unemployment
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 1900 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...Through July 14, the department has issued $35,980,789 to imposter fraud claimants....

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Thursday, July 23, 2020
HSTA, HGEA, UPW issue joint statement calling for delayed return of students to campus
By News Release @ 5:05 AM :: 1282 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...DoE's designed-to-fail scheme is falling apart....

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020
HSTA urges state, Board of Education to delay return of students to campus
By News Release @ 2:07 AM :: 1199 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...“Our schools are woefully underprepared to deliver a distance learning program should a school be shut down by the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) due to the spread of COVID-19,” said HSTA President Corey Rosenlee....

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Saturday, July 18, 2020
Ige COVID Solution: Just Stop Paying EUTF
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 1919 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Waiving the entire “annual required contribution” or ARC payment to EUTF for this year would save the state about $840 million, according to one official….

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
UH Regents: Use COVID Emergency to Re-write Labor Contracts
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 AM :: 1527 Views :: Higher Education, Labor, COVID-19

... UH Board of Regents resolution calls for emergency proclamation, drastic cuts ....

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Sunday, July 12, 2020
Future of Unemployment Insurance
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1672 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

...unemployment insurance and how it is going to fare after the pandemic....

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Monday, June 29, 2020
HSTA reaches school reopening agreement with state of Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:13 AM :: 1583 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... Hawaii public schools to reopen with safeguards ....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
SB785 --$150M Raises for Public Employees-- How They Voted
By Selected News Articles @ 5:53 PM :: 2818 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Laughing at your sacrifice: Senate votes 21-3, House votes 45-4....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
Letter: Legislators 'Concerned' About DoE Plan to Continue 'Distance Learning' Scam
By News Release @ 11:19 PM :: 1680 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...The letter outlines low participation rates for distance learning, internet connectivity and device access inequities among students, and the lack of a concise plan for how they will spend the federal CARES Act funding they have received....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
Kauai DoE Pilot Program to Continue 'Distance Learning' Scam with no Evaluations Until Fall of 2021
By News Release @ 5:05 AM :: 2244 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...The Kaua‘i Education Technology Pilot Project is reimagining how much HSTA members can get away with in response to the COVID-19 pandemic....

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
DLIR: Fraudsters Stole $15.8M Unemployment Benefits
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 2283 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

...5,989 victims have reported Identity theft after receiving a letter about eligibility for PUA benefits....

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Survey: Teachers Report Low Participation in Online Learning
By News Release @ 2:17 AM :: 1719 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...48% of middle and high school teachers report 0-20% of students consistently participated in distance learning....

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Legislators Outline Plan to use CARES Funds
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 1231 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...The plan provides discretion to the Ige Administration to spend the remaining CARES funds to pay for unanticipated and emerging needs....

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Hawaii Worst Unemployment Recovery in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:48 PM :: 1624 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

...Hawaii State Whose Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Least....

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Thursday, June 18, 2020
UHERO: Estimating the Need for Rental Assistance in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 3:02 PM :: 1466 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...the augmented unemployment payments have done a fairly good job  preventing the worst from happening so far. But that program is set to expire August 1....

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Thursday, June 18, 2020
Hawaii 20.2% Unemployment -- 3rd Highest in USA
By News Release @ 1:23 PM :: 1308 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

...only Nevada and Puerto Rico are higher....

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Sunday, June 14, 2020
June 14, 1900: The Abolition of Slavery in Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 41546 Views :: Hawaii History, Labor

Hawaii was the last place in the US to abolish indentured servitude....

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Thursday, June 11, 2020
DLIR Updates Unemployment Claims Processing Numbers
By News Release @ 5:09 AM :: 1527 Views :: Economy, Labor, COVID-19

... State Has Issued $803,200,377 in Benefits Since March 1 ....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Confronting Police Abuse Requires Shifting Power From Police Unions
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:22 AM :: 2254 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Police

...“We do not have the ability to get rid of many of these officers that we know have done wrong in the past due to issues with both the contract and the arbitration associated with the union.”....

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Saturday, June 6, 2020
Repeal Bill 40, Honolulu's discriminatory builder contracting law
By Joe Kent @ 9:56 PM :: 1626 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...use of CWAs, also known as project labor agreements, would drastically limit the use of nonunion employees on public projects, thereby reducing competition among bidding contractors and increasing costs for Honolulu taxpayers....

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