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Friday, January 25, 2013
HSTA: 'Prepare for Negotiations to Continue at Length'
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 3614 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Given the nature of negotiations, the proposal HSTA took to the table is a starting point and is subject to change....

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
HGEA, DOE Agree on Evaluation and Support System for Principals
By News Release @ 9:29 PM :: 4534 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

All Hawaii public school principals will receive enhanced supports and evaluations beginning in the 2013-14 school year under an agreement between the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) and the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA)....

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
HSTA: "Time and Money Needed"
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 3463 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

“The State informed HSTA that there will be a formal response made at our next bargaining session on January 22."

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
HHSC Exec Discusses Banner Partnership with Hilo MDs
By Selected News Articles @ 9:36 PM :: 7256 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

Approximately four years ago, the Hawaii State Legislature commissioned Stroudwater Associates to evaluate our Hawaii Health System Safety Net Hospitals....

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Saturday, January 12, 2013
FULL TEXT: HSTA's $440M Contract Proposal
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 4762 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...if every union were to get the same raises and benefits, it would cost the state an extra $1.4 billion beyond the budget....

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Thursday, January 10, 2013
HSTA Survey: "Hawaii teachers welcome an evaluation process"
By News Release @ 10:46 PM :: 4010 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"Our intent is to work with the DOE to create a successful Educator Effectiveness System that could lend itself to being a model, nationwide.”

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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Abercrombie, Star-Advertiser Laugh at Union Effort to Save Tesoro, Price Spikes Predicted
By Selected News Articles @ 5:44 PM :: 4273 Views :: Energy, Labor

"Tesoro does not know what potential buyers might ask of state of Hawaii or federal officials."

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013
HSTA: Another Union Soon to Win Big Arbitration Award
By News Release @ 11:36 PM :: 3021 Views :: Labor

We are also cognizant of related 2011 - 13 contract disputes being undertaken by other Hawaii public employee unions, including several ongoing arbitrations....

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Former Kauai Prosecutor Makes List of "America's Worst Bosses"
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 5222 Views :: Kauai County, Labor, Law Enforcement

The managers who made this year’s list of America’s Worst Bosses were named in workplace lawsuits filed by their employees ....

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Monday, December 17, 2012
Federal Worker Happiness Drops
By NCPA @ 1:23 PM :: 2828 Views :: National News, Labor

Rankings were determined by responses from about 700,000 federal workers from various agencies in the government....

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Thursday, December 13, 2012
FULL TEXT: Former HSTA President Challenges Okabe on Negotiations
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 3504 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Former Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) President Jim Williams yesterday sent a letter to current HSTA President Wil Okabe asking for clarification on Mr. Okabe’s recent public statements on negotiations....

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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Supreme Court: Labor Board Can Slow Walk HSTA
By News Release @ 12:16 AM :: 3567 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...The Court’s ruling this morning confirms that the HLRB's determination of when and how to issue a ruling in this case remains in its discretion....

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Unions Losing in Their Last Stronghold
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:15 PM :: 3495 Views :: National News, Labor

In November, Michigan voters rejected a ballot proposal that would have amended the state constitution to prevent the legislature from passing a right-to-work law and elevated union contracts above state law....It lost by 15 points.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
HSTA Rejects Teacher Evaluations, Turns Down State's Offer
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 3955 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... an advisory committee, including HSTA representatives, to review the new teacher evaluation system ....

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Saturday, December 08, 2012
HSTA: Contract Negotiations 'Most Productive in Months'
By News Release @ 10:51 PM :: 3161 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

“Yesterday, HSTA and the State resumed negotiations. While this is only our second bargaining session, talks were the most productive in months.”

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Thursday, December 06, 2012
HSTA Claims 'Work to Rule' Protests Legal
By News Release @ 2:09 PM :: 3823 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

“This argument over what is covered by the contract and what isn’t, is a distraction and a deflection from the real issue - the fact that teachers have been disrespected by the governor.” -- Wil Okabe, HSTA President

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Friday, November 16, 2012
HSTA Protest Video: "Abercrombie Proposal Offers Little Hope"
By Video @ 9:41 PM :: 4825 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Politicians

If no one is watching, what’s going to happen next will affect the future of public education in Hawaii.... 

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Hirono Joins HSTA Protest Against Abercrombie
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 PM :: 6973 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Politicians

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Monday, October 29, 2012
Study: HSTA Strongest Teachers' Union in US
By Selected News Articles @ 5:04 PM :: 5738 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

This timely study represents the most comprehensive analysis of American teacher unions’ strength ever conducted....

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Thursday, October 04, 2012
Rail Fail: Oahu Construction Jobs Drop as Sister Isles Job Boom tops Nation
By Andrew Walden @ 2:12 PM :: 4355 Views :: Labor, Rail

Oahu lost 4% of its construction jobs while the sister isles gained 27% more constrction jobs.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012
Hanabusa Campaign Exploits Forced ‘Volunteers’, Contributors
By Rep Charles Djou @ 5:41 PM :: 5143 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Politicians

Hanabusa said she doesn't condone the practice, but will gladly continue to accept all the money and political help that comes from it.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012
VIDEO: PRP Renews Pay for Play Attack on Cayetano
By Video @ 3:48 AM :: 5053 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Politicians, Rail

Pro-Rail Pacific Resources Partnership today released its first anti-Cayetano ad for the General Election season....

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Monday, September 17, 2012
UPW Fires Employees for Refusing to Contribute to Hanabusa
By Selected News Articles @ 10:28 PM :: 9186 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Labor

Democratic FEC commissioners argued that UPW did in fact coerce “employees to participate in the union’s political activities” in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971....

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Friday, August 17, 2012
AUDIO: Abercrombie Voicemail Message to HSTA, Mediation Proposed
By Audio @ 5:50 AM :: 4347 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

HSTA President Wil Okabe today released the audio of an August 14 voice mail message from Gov Neil Abercrombie....

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Rail Jobs? Honolulu Construction Employment Down 6%
By Andrew Walden @ 2:17 PM :: 5311 Views :: Labor, Rail

As Rail construction continues, Honolulu construction employments continues to drop, losing 1,300 jobs between June, 2011 and June, 2012....

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Sunday, July 01, 2012
Pay to Play: Will Cayetano Retaliate Against Hirono?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:29 PM :: 8990 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Politicians

"Is PRP implying that Mazie Hirono who also received illegal contributions did any wrongdoing?" -- Ben Cayetano

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Honolulu Loses 1,400 Construction Jobs as Rail Work Begins
By Andrew Walden @ 1:47 PM :: 4342 Views :: Labor, Rail

According to the Associated General Contractors of America, Hononlulu ranks 272nd in construction growth, losing 1,400 construction jobs over the past year.

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Friday, June 15, 2012
Hawaii Loses 10 Construction Jobs a Day as Rail Work Begins
By Selected News Articles @ 4:59 PM :: 4296 Views :: Labor, Rail

Union members who have been led to believe rail would put them back to work can now see that it simply isn’t happening....

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ABC Hawaii Chapter Blasts Abercrombie’s PLA Directive
By News Release @ 1:15 PM :: 5164 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
As Rail Project Begins Hawaii Loses Construction Jobs
By Andrew Walden @ 11:56 AM :: 5324 Views :: Labor, Rail

For months building trades unions and the management-labor Pacific Resources Partnership have been putting union members to work—as pro-rail protesters.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Lawsuits, Workers Comp Claims Detail Violence, Retaliation at State DoT
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 5938 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...a total of seven employment-based lawsuits against HDOT presently filed in state or federal court, at various stages of litigation, some involving workplace violence in one form or another. Also, there are Workers’ Compensation claims filed as a result of workplace violence at different stages of that process....

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Sunday, March 18, 2012
Honolulu Loses 600 jobs as Road Construction Lags
By News Release @ 11:57 PM :: 5958 Views :: Labor, Rail

Another 600 construction jobs were lost in the Honolulu area between January 2011 and January 2012, a 3 percent decline, according to an analysis released by the Associated General Contractors of America ....

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Monday, January 30, 2012
Right to Work Heads to Indiana
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:56 AM :: 2777 Views :: Labor
In 22 states in the Union, workers have the freedom under "Right-to-Work" laws to decide whether or not to pay union dues, and now Indiana is poised to become 23rd ....
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Thursday, December 01, 2011
Lihue TSA Worker Sues, Claims Sex Assault
By Selected News Articles @ 11:46 PM :: 7086 Views :: Kauai County, Labor, Tourism

Marugame claims a TSA investigator (TSI) "sexually assaulted her" on Aug. 26, 2009....

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Saturday, September 03, 2011
Classified Documents reveal United Farm Workers made pact with Global Horizons in hope of profiting from Immigration Reform
By Andrew Walden @ 8:32 PM :: 7236 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

... a July 3, 2008 memo from the US Embassy in Mexico—revealed earlier this week with the latest batch of classified Wikileaks documents—shows that the UFW had signed a contract with Global Horizons and was itself looking forwards to becoming a major labor contractor ....

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011
After Abercrombie puts Videotaped Foot in Mouth, he rejects Binding Arbitration with HSTA
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 4101 Views :: Labor

“Negotiations via the media are not productive."  -- In other words, Abercrombie should have kept his mouth shut in Hilo....

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Monday, August 08, 2011
Human Trafficking: Did the US DoJ Purposefully lose the Aloun Farms Case?
By Andrew Walden @ 1:37 AM :: 12681 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture, Judiciary, Labor, Law Enforcement

How could federal prosecutors “accidentally” debase their entire prosecution of crimes alleged to have occurred in 2004 by telling a Federal Grand Jury that the defendants’ collection of “recruitment fees” was a violation of a law which did not take effect until 2008?

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Thursday, August 04, 2011
VIDEO: Abercrombie argues with retired teacher in Hilo
By Video @ 5:18 PM :: 6952 Views :: Labor, Politicians

Abercrombie gets rolling about 1:30 and keeps on rolling for the next ten minutes.  Starting about 6:50 you can hear Abercrombie's handlers trying to pull him away....

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Friday, May 20, 2011
VIDEO: Abercrombie squares off with Maui Nurses
By Video @ 1:09 AM :: 8932 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Politicians

Listen carefully to the nurses in this video. They are ready to dump the HGEA.

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Friday, April 08, 2011
Unity House HQ up for Sale
By Andrew Walden @ 3:27 PM :: 5454 Views :: Ethics, Labor

1701 Ala Wai Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96815 – Cityfeet.com

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Sunday, March 06, 2011
Gulen Cult: Legislators to welcome “Ugly Unionbusting” to Hawaii schools?
By Andrew Walden @ 7:16 AM :: 21481 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Military, Religion

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Act 100: How Hanabusa and Cayetano launched Hawaii Pension crisis
By Andrew Walden @ 10:37 PM :: 21365 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Politicians

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Audit fuels “clinically psychotic” HGEA effort to strangle tax collection
By Andrew Walden @ 8:17 PM :: 9576 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Taxes

The inevitable failure of DOTax to replicate CGI’s tax collection frenzy should cut revenues by about $27M per year. How many government union jobs will be lost or furloughed due to the bumbling HGEA leaders’ choice of targets?

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Monday, December 06, 2010
Gaming Industry Lobbyist, Progressive activist screen Abercrombie cabinet picks
By Andrew Walden @ 2:50 PM :: 10240 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

Progressive Democrat Keneko, and lobbyist Radcliffe sitting around in an “union hall in Kalihi” determining whether Clayton Hee will head DLNR or DHHL.  Will anti-Superferry protester Gary Hooser get a cabinet position?  It is an exercise in self-parody.  The image of the corporatist one-party State could not be any clearer.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Honolulu Council Special Election: Mel Kahele, Waimanalo Gulch, and other baggage
By Andrew Walden @ 11:53 PM :: 9200 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Labor, Politicians

In the formally non-partisan winner-take-all race, Kahele, a Democrat, will face former GOP State Rep Bob McDermott, and Democrats Matthew LoPresti and Christopher Lewis.  But Kahele’s chances may hinge on voters, media, and opposing campaigns not having time to do research.  Kahele carries a lot of baggage, including a metaphorical steamer trunk loaded with the fragrant burden of Waimanalo Gulch.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010
Neil Abercrombie's slavery problem
By Andrew Walden @ 6:44 PM :: 15180 Views :: Democratic Party, Labor, Politicians

...when it comes to the civil rights violation known as slavery, Neil Abercrombie has remained silent as his key supporters organize and lead the defense of Democratic donors Mike and Alec Sou of Aloun Farms entangled in the "largest human trafficking case in US history."

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Monday, September 20, 2010
NYT: In an Ugly Human-Trafficking Case, Hawaii Forgets Itself
By Selected News Articles @ 8:34 PM :: 9248 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

In an astounding display of amnesia and misplaced sympathy, Hawaii rallied around the defendants. After entering their plea deal, the farmers, Michael and Alec Sou of Aloun Farms, orchestrated an outpouring of letters begging the judge for leniency at sentencing. Business leaders, community activists, politicians — even two former governors, Benjamin Cayetano and John Waihee, and top executives at First Hawaiian Bank — joined a parade attesting to the brothers’ goodness.

The men were paragons of diversified agriculture and wise land use, the letter writers said. They had special vegetable knowledge that nobody else had, and were holding the line against genetically modified crops. If they went to prison, evil developers would pave their farmland. Think of the “trickle down impact,” one woman implored the judge. Besides, their produce was delicious.

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Friday, September 03, 2010
Green hypocrites: Case & Omidyar’s Maui Land & Pine tied to human trafficking case
By Selected News Articles @ 12:03 AM :: 16772 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County, Environment, Ethics, Agriculture, Labor

THREE MONTHS after Intajak arrived in America, in October 2004, Global Horizons sent him to Hawaii to work for the Maui Pineapple Co. Here, the pay was better than in Yakima—$9.50 an hour—but the conditions were worse. One Global Horizons agent, Intajak and other workers told me, was in the habit of carrying a knife, a gun, or a baseball bat, and of threatening workers with "deportation" if they didn't behave or meet their quotas. Just four days in, Intajak says, he watched the man beat a coworker. 

The Maui Pineapple Co.'s land is nestled among gorgeous foothills, shrouded in mist and covered with volcanic soil the color of dark coffee. The now-defunct company was part of Maui Land & Pineapple Co., whose majority owner is Steve Case, cofounder of AOL; another primary shareholder is eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, a generous benefactor of anti-slavery organizations.... 

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Friday, August 20, 2010
After 6 years: Newspaper Guild signs contract with Tribune-Herald
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 6063 Views :: Hawaii County , Labor

The Hawaii Newspaper Guild and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald have signed a contract after nearly six years of negotiations.

The two-year agreement covers all employees at the Hilo newspaper except pressmen, who are covered by a separate contract, and managers. The pressmen's negotiations lasted as long as the Guild's. The contracts are similar.

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Monday, July 12, 2010
HSTA demands candidates oppose funds for disabled students
By Andrew Walden @ 4:38 PM :: 6040 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Labor

From question #7:

“HSTA opposes any legislation to provide public funds for tax subsidies (tax credits, tax deductions) or vouchers for private education, religious or home school expenses, or inclusion of vouchers within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).”

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