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Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Yet Another Campaign for HSTA Pay Hikes
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 191 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...Just 7 months after HSTA's last contract reopener....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Hawaiian Flight Attendants Vote to Authorize a Strike
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 634 Views :: Labor, Tourism

...Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants today voted 99.9 percent to authorize a strike, with 95.1 percent participating....

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Saturday, October 26, 2019
Blocks 2/3 of Contractors from Bidding: Caldwell Allows Bill 37 to Become Law
By News Release @ 5:09 AM :: 1010 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...In the period between now and when Bill 37 becomes effective, the mayor will work with interested parties to rectify the issues concerning this bill....

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
HSTA wins award for tobacco control efforts
By News Release @ 7:23 PM :: 601 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Labor

...teachers union says state should ban flavored vape products....

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
PLA measure is pilau
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:53 PM :: 865 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

... What happens when a government tries to fix a system that isn’t broken? ....

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
Honolulu GOP: Veto Bill 37
By Brett Kulbis @ 3:22 PM :: 712 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...Bill 37 amounts to a sweetheart deal for big union labor and will guarantee that the county will have to spend more on future infrastructure projects....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Bill 37: Why Contractors Should Compete
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:42 PM :: 680 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...a proposed policy in Honolulu may prevent nonunion employers from bidding on government projects....

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Thursday, October 10, 2019
Council approves PLAs despite many concerns
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:59 PM :: 1283 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...After a public hearing, the Council approved the bill, 7-2, It now goes to the mayor....

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Hawaii’s One-Stop Solution for Professional Licensees Wins State Government Project Experience Award
By News Release @ 9:12 PM :: 952 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...“A recent enhancement that allowed new applications to be submitted online has cut Guard Employee (GDE) processing time from 15 days to two!”....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Hawaii Public School Spending 16th Highest per Pupil
By Selected News Articles @ 12:05 AM :: 1177 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...and teachers salaries are the lowest in USA when adjusted for cost of living....

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Friday, September 20, 2019
Hawaii retiree health care severely underfunded
By News Release @ 4:37 AM :: 951 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hawaii's OPEB plans are only 12.7 percent funded. Hawaii, like many others, treats OPEB on a pay-as-you-go basis, whereby benefits are paid when retirees receive the health care. This leaves future taxpayers stuck paying for OPEB benefits earned by current employees....

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Thursday, September 19, 2019
6 Months After Last Raise--DoE Begins Process of Hiking HSTA Pay Again
By News Release @ 4:34 PM :: 984 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...Sham Public Meetings Begin Next Round of HSTA Pay Hike Deals....

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Monday, September 09, 2019
The Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 805 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...The Small Business Caucus is hosting the first-ever panel of speakers at the Hawaii State Capitol to discuss the future of A.I. in Hawaii's economy....

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Monday, September 09, 2019
Matson pays the highest wages in Hawaii
By Michael Hansen @ 10:35 PM :: 1068 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...The relatively high median compensation level is probably related to Matson’s high degree of unionization....

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Friday, September 06, 2019
DHS Amends REAL ID Rules for Micronesia
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 1150 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Labor

...to Secure REAL ID Act-Compliant Identification for FAS Citizens....

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Friday, August 23, 2019
$15 Minimum Wage Differential for City & County of Honolulu Employees Ratified
By News Release @ 2:52 PM :: 1482 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...A supplemental agreement pilot project that provides a wage differential for City & County of Honolulu employees to make $15 an hour....

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Friday, August 23, 2019
Former union boss charged in massive fraud, embezzlement indictment
By News Release @ 2:43 PM :: 2074 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...Ahakuelo lead the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1260 until he was ousted three years ago after the union was placed under trusteeship....

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Friday, August 23, 2019
Deadline Nears to Block UHPA Political Fund Deductions
By News Release @ 4:46 AM :: 1146 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

...The UHPA Board of Directors has taken this action in response to the strong feelings held by some members that the union should not participate in making candidate endorsements or political contributions....

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Friday, August 09, 2019
How really to help low-income earners
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:40 PM :: 1185 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...Minimum wage hikes are often promoted as a way to help the less fortunate out of poverty. But are they really the best tool for the job?....

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Tuesday, August 06, 2019
840 Maui Hospital Workers Liberated from HGEA—UPW Next?
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 1974 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...By joining more than 32,000 sisters and brothers at UNAC/UHCP, the Maui Health System members gain significant strength in dealing with Kaiser Permanente....

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Thursday, August 01, 2019
Exclude 2/3 of Contractors from Bidding? Proposal on Council Agenda
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:03 PM :: 1945 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Labor

...Bill 37 would restrict those who can bid on all county projects worth $250,000 or more by requiring that they be willing to adhere to “community workforce agreements.”....

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Honolulu CWAs a recipe for disaster
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:21 PM :: 1221 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor

...Bill Would Block 2/3 of Contractors from Bidding on City Contracts.... 

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Fighting for Details on How Hawaii DoE Spends $2 Billion
By Selected News Articles @ 7:05 PM :: 1258 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"...The problem is the data we provide is based on an accounting system that is more than two decades out of use...."

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Former Laborers Union leader charged, accused of stealing thousands
By News Release @ 6:57 PM :: 1669 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...The union since has been placed under trusteeship by LIUNA headquarters after running into difficulties not unrelated to the thefts....

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Thursday, July 18, 2019
Hawaii Pension Funds Only 55% Funded
By Tax Foundation @ 4:50 PM :: 1757 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...How Well-Funded are Pension Plans in Your State?....

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
HART Board: Kim not gone--Stays on to Maintain Quorum
By Andrew Walden @ 10:22 PM :: 1555 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Rail

...Kim says he will stay until a replacement Board member is selected....

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Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Kapiolani CC apprenticeship program showcased at mayors conference
By News Release @ 8:22 PM :: 1087 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

...invited to present a Best Practices session on its apprenticeship program and how it could address employee shortages....

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Sunday, July 07, 2019
HSTA Members Grill Dem Presidential Contenders--Demand More Money
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 1585 Views :: Democratic Party, Education K-12, Labor

...First Question: “How are you going to increase salaries...."

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Sunday, July 07, 2019
July 7, 1935: Moscow orders first Communists to Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:02 AM :: 27944 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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Friday, June 21, 2019
​Why doesn’t Hawaii privatize more public services?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 1934 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...Hawaii’s state and county governments aren’t known for delivering high-quality public services in a cost-efficient manner....

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Friday, June 14, 2019
June 14, 1900: The Abolition of Slavery in Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 5:00 AM :: 30221 Views :: Hawaii History, Labor

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

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Saturday, June 01, 2019
Help the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board develop ethics training
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 1812 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...work with Dr. Troy Hutchings to make the Model Code of Ethics for Educators 'appropriate for Hawaii'....

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Ethics: Caldwell Admin Asked Neighborhood Boards to Campaign Against HSTA Property Tax
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 2153 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...The Official requested...all 33 Neighborhood Board chairs...place the ballot issue  ...on their board’s monthly agenda between September 15 and October 15, 2018, so that a certain political action committee “and others” could publicly discuss this topic prior to the election....

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Saturday, May 18, 2019
HGEA / UPW / HSTA: Opt Out Today
By News Release @ 7:30 PM :: 1607 Views :: Labor

...Today, state and local public employees can choose whether they want to join a union....

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Saturday, May 18, 2019
HGEA: Contract Negotiations go to Arbitration
By News Release @ 7:01 PM :: 1359 Views :: Labor

...Unit 9 has completed their arbitration hearing. We anticipate a decision will be rendered early this summer....

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Friday, May 17, 2019
Putting a spike into pension spiking
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:41 PM :: 2400 Views :: Kauai County, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...The first step is admitting you have a problem....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
JP Morgan Report Highlights Hawaii Pension Problems
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 AM :: 2175 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii was third behind Illinois and New Jersey for how much of its total revenue would be required to pay off its unfunded retirement liabilities over the next 30 years....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
HSTA: Stop Ranking our Failing Schools
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 1813 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Ranking schools based largely on test results perpetuates the failed "test and punish" culture of the past -- HSTA ....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
HSTA Evaluates Legislative Session
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 2053 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...HB1070: Tenured and probationary teachers will no longer have to pay their own licensure fees....

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Thursday, May 09, 2019
Ethics: No Union Logo on City Uniforms
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 1293 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...allowing a non-city entity's logo to be adopted as part of the official uniform would give the non-city entity preferential treatment....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
DoE Changes Teacher Evaluations: De-Emphasizes Student Performance
By News Release @ 3:51 AM :: 2147 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"...In an effort to eliminate the predictive nature of expected targets, EES will focus on student-centered growth that assesses what is valued in the school or Complex Area rather than on Student Learner Outcomes (SLOs)...."

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Contract Reopener: HSTA Gets Another $45.6M
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 1992 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

“This agreement is worth more than $45 million for our members in salary increases and employer contributions to our health care plan, while establishing a pilot program to give teachers more control over their 21 hours (of professional development time)....”

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Monday, April 29, 2019
ERS Invested Millions With Alleged Fraudster
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 AM :: 2556 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...As of Sept. 30, Hawaii has paid $36.4 million to Abraaj Global Growth Markets Fund....

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Friday, April 19, 2019
Hawaii's Good Friday Holiday - What's Up With That?
By Robert Thomas @ 12:01 AM :: 18143 Views :: Hawaii History, Labor, Religion

If you ask how "a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary" squares with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, let us explain ....

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
HDOT Launches Accelerated Hiring System
By News Release @ 10:39 AM :: 2093 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...“We’re excited to be able to use the Wiki Wiki Hire process to fill our engineering vacancies and are committed to using these available resources to get qualified workers into positions within one to two weeks.”....

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
$17 Minimum Wage Cost $1.456 Billion per year
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 2615 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

...If the average pay hike is $3.50/hr for 208K workers, a $17 minimum would cost $5.6M per 8 hour shift--$28M per 40 hr week--$1.456B per year....

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Monday, April 15, 2019
Rich States, Poor States: Hawaii Ranks 45th
By News Release @ 3:22 PM :: 3078 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...Try out the “adjust performance” feature.  You can abolish the GE Tax and cut other taxes, eliminate public employees, enact a right to work law, raise or lower the minimum wage, and see how each move affects Hawaii’s economic performance....

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Friday, April 12, 2019
ILWU Executive Charged with Embezzlement
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 2331 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...As the Secretary-Treasurer of the Longshore Division, Brown was responsible for the union’s financial matters....

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Friday, April 12, 2019
Want higher wages? Try economic freedom
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:24 PM :: 2803 Views :: Economy, Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...Hawaii policymakers cannot mandate people into prosperity....

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Saturday, March 30, 2019
PEW: Hawaii Pension Fund Positioned to Withstand Next Recession
By Selected News Articles @ 5:11 PM :: 2213 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Stress tests help validate increases in state, worker contributions....

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