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Thursday, October 21, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.6%
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 161 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 6.6 percent compared to 7.0 percent in August ....

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
Substitute shortage reported in urban and rural schools across the state
By News Release @ 2:31 PM :: 157 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... 100+ substitute positions are unfilled daily with others diverted to fill-in ....

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Monday, October 18, 2021
COVID Emergency Rules: HSTA to file complaint with Hawaii Labor Relations Board
By News Release @ 6:56 PM :: 306 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

"...The suspension of Chapter 89 sets a dangerous precedent...."

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Sunday, October 17, 2021
No, DOE, You’re Not God
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 648 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... DOE told HSTA the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation suspends Hawaii law governing collective bargaining in public employment ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
Hiding the Failure: DoE Stops Teacher Evaluations
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 711 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... Evaluation paused this school year for effective teachers ... Probationary teachers will still be evaluated, but with fewer observations ....

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
HSTA Demands Schools Teach so-called 'Critical Race Theory'
By News Release @ 5:29 AM :: 2488 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii History, Labor

"Manufactured attacks on critical race theory aim to dismantle ongoing efforts to provide an equitable education for all keiki" -- HSTA

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Thursday, October 7, 2021
HIDOE takes no action on pandemic grievances, citing suspension of collective bargaining law
By News Release @ 10:28 PM :: 524 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... HSTA immediately files demands for arbitration ....

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
EEOC Sues Suisan Company, Ltd for Racial Harassment and Retaliation
By News Release @ 5:16 AM :: 750 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Labor

... Food Distributor Condoned Racial Harassment and Retaliated Against African American Employee for Complaining, Federal Agency Charges ....

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Hawaii’s Big Government Bureaucracy; How Red Tape Threatens the Individual
By Video @ 3:45 AM :: 672 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... Hawaii government bureaucracy often it serves itself instead of the public ....

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Monday, September 27, 2021
Kauai County: Supervisors on FlexTime, Employees Moonlighting
By News Release @ 4:29 AM :: 838 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Labor

... the fact that a SWD employee was allowed to moonlight in another county job was a reason for this audit ....

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Sunday, September 26, 2021
Best States for Teachers? Hawaii Ranks 44th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 AM :: 751 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

... Earlier in 2021, teachers in many schools across the U.S. had to provide online-only instruction to students...a massive number of students experienced significant learning loss ....

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Monday, September 20, 2021
46% Rate Hike: Audit Exposes Young Bros Fraudulent Accounting Tricks
By Andrew Walden @ 11:53 PM :: 1616 Views :: Jones Act, Labor, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Saltchuk and Foss transferring expenses to YBs books makes YB seem less profitable, thereby fraudulently ‘justifying’ PUC rate hikes ....

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Saturday, September 18, 2021
COVID Recovery: Hawaii 48th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 AM :: 770 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... progress toward economic recovery has been largely due to the distribution of the vaccine and yet highly vaccinated Hawaii still finds a way to lag ....

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Friday, September 17, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 7.0%
By News Release @ 5:16 PM :: 480 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Statewide, 601,800 were employed and 45,550 unemployed in August  ....

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Thursday, September 9, 2021
VIDEO: Biden Vaccine Mandate for Federal Employees, Contractors and Large Private Sector Employers
By Video @ 10:41 PM :: 735 Views :: National News, Labor, COVID-19

... More than 80 million Americans working in the private sector will soon be federally mandated to either get vaccinated against Covid-19 or get tested weekly ....

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021
HSTA files class grievances over COVID school conditions, testing mandate
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 776 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

"HIDOE has thus far refused to formally engage in the bargaining process, preferring only to sit informally over these issues...."

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021
State Announces End of All Federal Unemployment & Assistance Programs
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 981 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... This affects individuals receiving Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC). ...

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Thursday, August 26, 2021
Secret Arbitration Revealed: How DPS Official Kept Crooked Cop On The Job After FBI Raid
By Selected News Articles @ 2:42 PM :: 3529 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Labor, Police

... top Corrections Official was Secret Arbitrator keeping mafia-connected HPD officers on the job ....

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Thursday, August 26, 2021
98.6% of State Employees Comply with COVID Mandate
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 928 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... 87% fully vaccinated and close to 5% partially vaccinated ....

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Monday, August 23, 2021
Union Lawsuit Compares COVID Vaccine to Nazi Experiments
By Andrew Walden @ 12:18 AM :: 3609 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... Nazi experiments?  Flu is worse?  Livestock deworming pill is the cure?  Hydroxychloroquine?  All of these tired old anti-vaxxer chestnuts are front and center ....

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Thursday, August 19, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 7.3%
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 760 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... in comparison with July 2020 nonfarm jobs have risen by 53,000, or 10.0 percent. However, in comparison with March 2020 (last month prior to pandemic effects), nonfarm jobs were down by 72,400, or -11.1 percent. ...

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021
DLIR Delays Reopening Unemployment Offices (again)
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 747 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... DLIR today announced it will not open statewide offices as planned on September 7, 2021 due to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases ....

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Video: First Responders Oppose Vaccine Mandate
By Video @ 11:42 PM :: 942 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... A class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court on Friday for City and County workers who believe they are being forced to take the COVID- 19 vaccine ....

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Unions Ask Gov. Ige to Intervene in C&C of Honolulu's Vaccine Mandate
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 995 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, COVID-19

... The City & County of Honolulu is the only Hawaii government employer that is not providing all unvaccinated employees the “alternative” of regular COVID-19 testing ....

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Monday, August 16, 2021
Public Employee Unions Join Anti-Vaxxers
By News Release @ 2:38 AM :: 1162 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... they believe their sacred union contracts supersede all other laws including health emergency laws ....

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Monday, August 16, 2021
NEA announces support for educator vaccine and testing requirement
By News Release @ 2:25 AM :: 824 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... HSTA parent union supports Ige's mandatory vaccination-or-testing program .... 

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Monday, August 16, 2021
How Unemployment Insurance Fraud Exploded During the Pandemic
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 AM :: 1830 Views :: Ethics, Labor, COVID-19

... what may turn out to be the biggest fraud wave in U.S. history ....

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Saturday, August 14, 2021
HIDOE to implement weekly COVID-19 testing requirement
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 960 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... Employees who certify and provide proof of full vaccination will not be subject to testing requirement ....

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Saturday, August 14, 2021
DLIR to Accept Telephone Appointments for Complex Unemployment Claims
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 727 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... Claimants May Request Slots to Speak with an Investigator ....

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Thursday, August 12, 2021
Full Text: Proposed UH Policy Regarding COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination and Testing
By News Release @ 3:44 AM :: 858 Views :: Higher Education, Labor, COVID-19

... scheduled to take effect on August 23, 2021, the first day of the 2021 fall semester ....

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Friday, August 6, 2021
Ige Mandates Vax or Testing for Public Employees--Unions Resist
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 1254 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Beginning Aug. 16, 2021, all State and county employees must provide their vaccination status to their department ....

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
UHPA Political Action Fund Objection
By News Release @ 12:48 AM :: 971 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education, Labor

... Our policy allows Active members of UHPA to object to the $5.00 per month allocation to the Political Action Fund ....

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Monday, August 2, 2021
'Keep Your Kids at Home' -- HSTA Plans Chaos for Opening Day
By Video @ 11:20 PM :: 1083 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

"... parents still have the option to keep their children at home until they feel it is safe ...."

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Thursday, July 22, 2021
DoE Announces In-Person and Distance Learning Programs for 2021-22
By News Release @ 4:40 AM :: 1069 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... How can the HSTA manipulate this program to shut down schools? ....

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
Miske News: Union Boss Gets Greedy -- Almost Pays Price in Blood
By Andrew Walden @ 7:44 PM :: 3522 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, Drugs

... Akau said the problem involved hiring for jobs on the docks, and that removing Victim 12 “would help the flow of jobs onto the docks.”…

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Friday, July 16, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.7%
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 1249 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii no longer has the nation’s highest unemployment rate ....

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021
HSTA Continues to Push So-Called 'Distance Learning' for fall term
By News Release @ 10:09 PM :: 1160 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... For every teacher the state dedicates to distance learning when students return to class in August, it would need to pull a teacher out of the classroom, state Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said Tuesday ....

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Thursday, July 8, 2021
HB613: HGEA Cheers Veto of Teachers' Bonus
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 1187 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"...Any changes to your salary and conditions of employment must be negotiated and it was wrong for the Legislature to interfere with the bargaining process...."

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Thursday, July 8, 2021
COVID 'Hazard Pay': HGEA Scores 25% Pay Hike
By News Release @ 9:59 PM :: 1479 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, COVID-19

... to each individual HGEA bargaining unit member employed by the City who feels they have worked under hazardous conditions relating to COVID-19 exposure ....

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
July 7, 1935: Moscow orders first Communists to Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 3:20 AM :: 37470 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii History, Labor

...When the USSR collapsed in 1991, long-secret archives of the Communist International were thrown open to western researchers for the first time.  Many previously unknown details of communist history have been revealed--including the 1935 Comintern orders directing Communists to begin work in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Senators Override Five Ige Vetoes--More to Come
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 1193 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Tourism

... The Senate will reconvene on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 3:00pm to reconsider a potential veto override of HB53 and vote on proposed floor amendments to meet the Governor’s objections in his veto message for HB54, HB1299 and SB589 ....

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Friday, July 2, 2021
UHPA Cheers Ige 'Intent to Veto'
By News Release @ 8:19 PM :: 1159 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

... The two bills are SB589 SD2 HD2 CD1 – Relating to the University of Hawaii and HB1296 HD1 SD2 CD1 – Relating to State Funds ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
Unemployment: Hawaii Worst Recovery from COVID
By Selected News Articles @ 9:49 PM :: 1035 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

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

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Unemployment 8.1% for May--Down 0.4%
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 1075 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Statewide 595,300 were employed and 52,150 unemployed in May ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
53,000 Unemployed in Hawaiʻi, But State Chamber Dealing with Employee Shortages
By News Release @ 3:55 PM :: 1150 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... in April 2021 the state of Hawaiʻi had 53,000 people unemployed and 27,415 job openings ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Free Money from the Sky: Another $100 for MEUCs
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 1036 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced it will start processing MEUC applications beginning on June 17, 2021 ....

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Monday, June 14, 2021
June 14, 1900: The Abolition of Slavery in Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 47318 Views :: Hawaii History, Labor

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

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Thursday, June 10, 2021
HSTA Members Ratify 2-Year Contract
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 805 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... the short two-year duration will allow HSTA to begin this process once more in a little over a year’s time with the next permanent superintendent ....

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021
HGEA Membership Approves Contract
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 1989 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...  HGEA requires voter ID to cast ballot.  UPW has some fun Q&A about ballot handling issues ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
More Free Money for HSTA: BoE Approves Shortage Differentials for 2021-22
By News Release @ 11:34 PM :: 881 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... Shortage differentials for classroom teachers in special education, hard-to-staff locations, and Hawaiian language immersion programs will continue through school year 2021–22 ....

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