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Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Will $150M Obamacare Tax Lead to ILWU Strike?
By Michael Hansen @ 10:35 PM :: 3300 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...Potentially, consumers in Hawaii and Alaska could pick up the tab for Obamacare excise tax....

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Monday, August 04, 2014
WaPo: Union freakouts are hurting the hunt for good teachers
By NCPA @ 1:58 PM :: 2621 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... the debate over evaluations has been full of false information ....

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Roofers: Obamacare Threatens Union Health Plan
By News Release @ 4:27 PM :: 2863 Views :: Health Care, Labor

"The ACA is threatening to dismantle multi-employer health and welfare funds that provide affordable, high-quality health care...."

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Ige Renews Oath of Fealty to HSTA
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 3509 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Politicians

As your Governor, I will work with the Board to immediately place a hold on the components of the Educator Effectiveness System....

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Friday, July 25, 2014
Retiree Healthcare: Hawaii's $3.5B Magic Trick
By Selected News Articles @ 4:36 PM :: 4049 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...Can anything be in worse condition than unfunded government pensions? Unfortunately, yes – and it’s called OPEB....

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
$15.45B Report: 560 Big Construction Projects for Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 3504 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Rail

...we identified significant public and private infrastructure projects that are “on the books” over the next 20 years....

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
High Cost of Big Labor: Hawaii Pension Debt
By News Release @ 2:04 PM :: 2866 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The High Cost of Big Labor looks at the economic impact of labor policies on U.S. states....

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Sunday, July 20, 2014
HB2427: One Stroke of the Pen
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3220 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Labor

...the CLEAR facility is located at UH West Oahu, and that campus testifies that it is okay with scrapping the CLEAR fund....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
SHOPO Endorses Janet Grace for State House
By News Release @ 2:27 AM :: 2800 Views :: Labor, Politicians

Grace is the Republican candidate for the Waikiki-Ala Moana seat currently held by Democrat Tom Brower, who gained international notoriety last year for using a sledgehammer to smash shopping carts used by the homeless....

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Hawaii Symphony announces two-year agreement with Musicians
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 2573 Views :: Labor, Tourism

The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Musicians Association of Hawaii are pleased to announce a two-year agreement that will run through June 30, 2016....

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Friday, July 11, 2014
State Department documents rise in human trafficking
By Malia Zimmerman @ 9:36 PM :: 3342 Views :: Agriculture, Labor, Law Enforcement

The International Labor Organization says agricultural workers are among the most vulnerable....

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Friday, July 11, 2014
Hawaii 3rd Highest Unemployment Rate for Mentally Ill Persons
By News Release @ 5:28 AM :: 2916 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

Approximately 60 percent of the 7.1 million people receiving public mental health services nationwide want to work....

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Unfunded liabilities leave HI taxpayers ‘drowning in debt,’ fiscal watchdog says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:39 PM :: 3869 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...the administration “performing a $4 billion magic trick”....

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Monday, July 07, 2014
Small steps to turn government workers into stakeholders
By Rachelle Chang @ 9:55 PM :: 2208 Views :: Labor
How can we make government workers and taxpayers feel like part of the same team?
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Sunday, July 06, 2014
Winner and Still Champ! Oh, No!!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3420 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

The old saying "nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there" seems to sum up employment conditions in Hawaii....

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Thursday, July 03, 2014
Must Hawaii Employers Preserve Absent Employees Positions Indefinitely?
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 2649 Views :: Labor, Small Business

The First Circuit Court of Hawaii will have to decide whether employers in the state have a legal obligation to preserve an employee’s original position indefinitely ....

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014
First Amendment Victory: Supreme Court Rules Against Union Taking Dues From Non-Members
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:53 AM :: 2530 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an important victory for participants in home-health care programs....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
Union apologizes for attacks on former Hawaii governor in lawsuit settlement
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:08 PM :: 3710 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Labor, Politicians

Cayetano sued to clear his name after PRP Hawaii spent $2 million on a media campaign against him....

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Saturday, June 28, 2014
Nanakuli House Candidate Andria Tupola wins SHOPO Endorsement
By News Release @ 12:04 AM :: 3359 Views :: Labor, Politicians

A published analysis by a senior political reporter for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser rates Andria Tupola as the GOP’s best young prospect....

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Friday, June 27, 2014
Abercrombie Rewards UHPA's Campaign Support with $32M -- 'Unprecedented' Early Contract
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 4949 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

...the agreement would cost $32 million over two years, a cost that needs to be approved by the Legislature.....

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Friday, June 27, 2014
Sledgehammer Tom Brower Loses Key HSTA Endorsement
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 2984 Views :: Labor, Politicians

Brower has lost the confidence of the groups and individuals who once supported him....

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Monday, June 23, 2014
Hawaii Teachers 3rd-Best Paid in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 4108 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The top districts for paying teachers with a bachelor’s degree and five years of experience are Chicago ($62,046), New York ($52,278), Hawaii ($50,728)....

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Saturday, June 21, 2014
HGEA Refuses to Endorse Governor, CD1 Candidates
By News Release @ 5:29 AM :: 3542 Views :: Labor, Politicians

An “open” endorsement means the union does not endorse a candidate....

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
California Diminishes Union Power in Schools
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:34 AM :: 2433 Views :: Education K-12, Labor
...Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu struck down five California laws that govern the hiring and firing of teachers....
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Monday, June 16, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Members to BLNR, HTA
By News Release @ 8:14 PM :: 3677 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Land Use, Tourism

Both are interim appointments subject to state Senate approval....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
You're corrupt so you have no right to say I'm corrupt!
By News Release @ 6:25 PM :: 5600 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Labor, Politicians, Rail

...Cayetano had claimed PRP's ad campaign tarnished his reputation by unfairly portraying him as corrupt for accepting about $500,000 in illegal campaign contributions during the Democrat's narrow re-election victory over Linda Lingle....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
Teacher Tenure: Unconstitutional?
By NCPA @ 2:29 PM :: 2493 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

A California state judge ruled on Tuesday that granting a teacher tenure after less than two years in a teaching position is unconstitutional....

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Thursday, June 12, 2014
DoE Eases Teacher Evaluation Requirements
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 2835 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The changes reflect the DOE’s commitment to reduce burden on teachers and administrators....

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Thursday, June 12, 2014
DoE Forms Principals Roundtable with HGEA
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 3003 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

After a recruitment and selection process of nearly two months, the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is announcing a new Deputy Superintendent’s Principal Roundtable....

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Monday, June 09, 2014
Hawaii Rated Worst State to Make a Living 2014
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 3757 Views :: Labor, Cost of Living

...a cost of living more than 50 percent higher than the norm makes it very difficult to make a decent living....

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Monday, June 09, 2014
The Surprising States That Have Greater Income Inequality
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:25 PM :: 3368 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The income gap between rich and poor tends to be wider in blue states than in red states....

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Friday, June 06, 2014
Thai workers get multimillion-dollar EEOC settlement
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:28 PM :: 3028 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

Mac Nut Farms of Hawaii LLC will pay the most, $1.6 million; Kauai Coffee Co. Inc. will pay $425,000; Kelena Farms Inc. will pay $275,000; and Captain Cook Coffee Co. Ltd. will pay $100,000....

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Thursday, June 05, 2014
Kauai Audit finds 'Favoritism' in Furloughs
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 3992 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Labor

The public and the employees were told that county offices needed to be shut down because the county was in financial difficulty. This was not true....

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Hawaii public school principals demand leadership change
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:27 PM :: 3213 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Some school principals are asking the State Board of Education to remove Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and her deputy, Ronn Nozoe....

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Sunday, June 01, 2014
NIOSH: Distant Water Tuna Fleet Workers at High Risk
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 2872 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

... compared to most other fishing fleets in the U.S., workers in this fleet are at high risk of suffering a fatal injury ....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
Abercrombie Signs Minimum Wage Hike
By News Release @ 11:39 PM :: 2524 Views :: Labor, Small Business
Minimum Wage Bill Signing 2...
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Airports Division Target of Federal Sex Harassment Lawsuit
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 2817 Views :: Ethics, Labor

When Valmoja objected to the continued harassment and retaliation by other HDOT-Airports employees, including managers, her employment was terminated....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Hyatt Waikiki Employees Hit Union with Federal Labor Charges
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 2520 Views :: Labor

...UNITE HERE Local 5 union officials have an ugly history of violating the rights of the workers they claim to represent....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
CATO: Minimum Wage Increase Not the Answer in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:52 PM :: 3722 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

Despite claims to the contrary, relatively few Hawaiians would benefit from the increase....

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Evaluations? DoE Claims Principals' Arbitration Award "Aligns with DoE Goals"
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 3203 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Establishes a rewards and recognition program (RRP) for the last two years (sort of)....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Hawaii basil farm ‘deplorable,’ ‘unsafe,’ judgment says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:30 PM :: 3524 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

The federal government, citing “deplorable” and “unsafe” conditions, has fined Hawaii’s top exporter of basil nearly a half-million dollars....

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Obamacare Punches $150M Hole in ILWU Contract
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 4691 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...Negotiators this year could be asked to aim for a three-year contract that does not address health care in the hope that Congress would take action before 2018 to remove the Cadillac tax....

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Two Ways to Hurt Women in the Workplace
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:19 AM :: 2370 Views :: Family, Labor

Today is “Equal Pay Day” for those who believe that The Man is keeping women down....

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Monday, April 07, 2014
Why Infrastructure Projects Cost Way More Than They Should
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 11:21 PM :: 3912 Views :: National News, Development, Labor, Rail

The Atlantic Cities magazine published a condensed analysis of seven main reasons that explain why U.S infrastructure project cost more than elsewhere....

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Monday, April 07, 2014
Survey: 4,280 Hawaii Teachers Reveal Attitude towards Evaluation System
By News Release @ 10:45 PM :: 2720 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"...the EES is a work in progress, and teachers feel that more needs to be done so that the EES can help improve the practice of teaching...." -- Wil Okabe, HSTA

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Sunday, April 06, 2014
HSTA Candidate Questionnaire Challenges Teacher Evaluations
By Andrew Walden @ 6:57 PM :: 2925 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"Let's hope the legislative carping isn't a sign that teachers are trying to worm out of evaluations they agreed to in order to get pay raises, just as they once before reneged on drug tests...."

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Sunday, April 06, 2014
Occupy, Union Activists Organizing Homeless Tent Cities in Honolulu?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:35 AM :: 9013 Views :: Homelessness, Labor, OHA, Small Business, Tourism

In Honolulu, unofficial tent cities are now set up in strategic locations designed to pressure the tourism industry, the Chinatown community, the Korean community, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the Honolulu Council debate over Housing First....

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Friday, April 04, 2014
HGEA to Do UPW’s Job While UPW Watches
By News Release @ 1:02 AM :: 2062 Views :: Labor

...working together to patch and repair uneven sidewalks near the State Capitol on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 8 to 11 a.m....

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Unions Getting Creative in Election-Year Struggle
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:59 AM :: 1943 Views :: Labor

That might explain why they’re grasping for new members in stunts like unionizing college athletes....

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Sunday, March 30, 2014
But Shouldn’t We Do Something About the Two Gorillas in the Bar?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2828 Views :: Labor, Taxes

At June 30, 2013, ERS had an “unfunded actuarial accrued liability” of about $8.4 billion. For EUTF, the number was about $18.2 billion....

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