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Monday, June 16, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Members to BLNR, HTA
By News Release @ 8:14 PM :: 4055 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 :: 6016 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 :: 2740 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 :: 3072 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 :: 3231 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 :: 4000 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 :: 3613 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 :: 3265 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 :: 4318 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 :: 3433 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 :: 3104 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 :: 2756 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 :: 3042 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 :: 2734 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 :: 4059 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 :: 3452 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 :: 3813 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 :: 5027 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 :: 2644 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 :: 4341 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 :: 2966 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 :: 3193 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 :: 9558 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 :: 2233 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 :: 2141 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 :: 3089 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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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Judge rules Thai workers were exploited, physically abused on Hawaii farms
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:09 AM :: 3707 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

The federal civil case against Global Horizons has dragged on for years....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Hawaii to run out of cash reserves in 2016
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:51 AM :: 5699 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Constitutionally, the state can only engage in annual deficit spending as long as there are enough cash reserves to absorb these deficits....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Guilty: Physical abuse, exploitation, and barbaric security measures at Maui Pineapple
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 5747 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County, Ethics, Agriculture, Labor

Kobayashi cited examples of physical abuse, exploitation, and barbaric security measures at Maui Pineapple Company's historic pineapple plantations and old worker dormitories where the Thai workers were forced to live and other abuses throughout Hawaii.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Brookings: Great Recession Pushes Hawaii Long Term Unemployed to Margin of Labor Market
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 3058 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The long-term unemployed have problems finding work wherever they are, even in states with the lowest unemployment – Hawaii....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Grassroot: Minimum Wage Hike Will Not Lift Working Families out of Poverty
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:07 PM :: 3119 Views :: Labor, Small Business

SB 2609 would provide for a gradual increase in the minimum wage with a provision for an unspecified tip credit....

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Thursday, March 06, 2014
How Many Jobs Are Threatened by the EPA in YOUR District?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:37 PM :: 3382 Views :: Environment, Labor, Small Business

Average of more than 770 jobs losses per congressional district....

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Friday, February 28, 2014
FACE Ad campaign pushes minimum wage hike
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:24 PM :: 3557 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

FACE said the increase is needed because Hawaii’s utilities are 110 percent higher than the national average, housing is 104 percent higher and groceries are 57 percent higher than other states...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
BLS: Hawaii Union Membership Rate 22.1%
By News Release @ 2:00 PM :: 2986 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...union membership rate for the state was at the series high of 29.9 percent in 1989, and at the series low of 21.5 percent in 2011....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Senate Minimum Wage Bill Will Fail Hawaii's Low-Wage Earners
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:06 PM :: 2982 Views :: Labor, Small Business

With SB 2609 moving in Senate, Grassroot Institute says it will fail in its objectives....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Union Contractors to get Exclusive Deal on NAVFAC Project at Hawaii Marine Corps Base?
By News Release @ 12:55 PM :: 2965 Views :: Labor, Military

NAVFAC and other federal agencies have issued more than 200 similar surveys requesting information about the potential use of PLAs on specific construction projects....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
The Problem with Giving America a Raise
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:29 PM :: 2554 Views :: Labor, Small Business
The CBO estimated that the wage hike Obama and his allies champion would cost 500,000 jobs....
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
She Dreamed Obamacare Was Harmless
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:24 PM :: 2553 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Shhh…keep quiet, or you’ll wake Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius....

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Sunday, February 16, 2014
Quid pro Quo? HSTA Endorses Ige for Governor
By News Release @ 8:26 PM :: 4547 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Flashback: Senate Ways and Means Chairman David Ige rained rhetorical bombs on the Department of Education for what he called a "Cadillac" system to evaluate teacher performance....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Four Things You Should Know About The Minimum Wage Debate In Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 8:31 AM :: 4731 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

If the legislature is serious about fighting poverty in Hawaii, a broader and more comprehensive discussion is essential....

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Sunday, February 09, 2014
Minimum Wage Fraud Revisited–Again and Again
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:35 PM :: 3775 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living
Why do the prices of food, clothing, and shelter keep going up?
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Wednesday, February 05, 2014
UHPA Files 'Prohibited Practice' Charges Against UH Administration
By News Release @ 2:11 AM :: 3129 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

UHPA has taken a two-pronged approach to preserve faculty rights. In December 2013, the union filed a prohibited practice charge....

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Monday, February 03, 2014
In Search of the Glass Ceiling: Deciphering Data on Gender and Wages
By UHERO @ 8:03 PM :: 2655 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...the bottom line is that things might not be what they seem....

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Monday, February 03, 2014
UHERO: Hawaii's minimum wage, poverty, and job creation
By UHERO @ 7:48 PM :: 4264 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living
Ten different bills have been introduced  at the legislature this session to raise Hawaii's minimum wage....
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Sunday, February 02, 2014
LIUNA, UniteHere 'Bitterly Disappointed' With Obamacare
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 3244 Views :: Health Care, Labor

The law imposes new costs and mandates on employer sponsors of health and welfare trust funds, but leaves irresponsible companies free of any obligation to contribute towards their employees' health insurance....

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Saturday, February 01, 2014
Regressive Taxes: State Hypocrisy on Minimum Wage
By Andrew Walden @ 8:30 PM :: 4644 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living
“…our residents living in poverty pay more in state taxes than all but three other states….”
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Friday, January 24, 2014
Hawaii Union Membership Ranks 3rd in USA
By News Release @ 7:25 PM :: 3359 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Three states had union membership rates over 20.0 percent in 2013: New York (24.4 percent), Alaska (23.1 percent),and Hawaii (22.1 percent)....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
SB2922: Lengthen School Year to 190 Days, Eliminate Minimum Hours of Instruction
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 2943 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The bill also discontinues the requirements for the minimum number of student instructional hours effective at the end of the 2014-2015 school year....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Should We Raise the Minimum Wage?
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:58 AM :: 2670 Views :: Labor, Small Business

Would this actually help the entry-level workers it is supposed to help? ....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Hawaii's Weak Congressional Delegation Unable to Protect Tsunami Center
By News Release @ 4:57 AM :: 4064 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Labor

...NOAA has quietly elevated its tsunami warning center in Alaska by relegating its Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii to secondary status....

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