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Monday, March 25, 2013
HSTA, DoE Announce $333M Tentative Agreement--Contract Vote April 17
By News Release @ 4:52 AM :: 5322 Views :: Education K-12, Labor
The four-year tentative agreement that the HSTA will now take to its members for ratification, includes annual pay increases and performance evaluations for teachers....
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Preemptive Strike: UHPA Endorses Schatz
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 5112 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Labor
... the early endorsement was the result of unprecedented changes in Congress with the retirement of Sen. Daniel Akaka and the passing of Sen. Daniel Inouye, and the need for a fresh perspective ....
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
5,000 Petition Abercrombie to Keep Tesoro Open
By News Release @ 8:25 PM :: 3857 Views :: Energy, Labor

 ...The USW expects a response from the governor....

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
How Hawaii Minimum Wage Workers Earn $24.24 per hour
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 PM :: 6299 Views :: Labor, Cost of Living

The average wage when adding in tips for the front of the house is $24.24 per hour....

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Thursday, March 07, 2013
HSTA, DoE, HLRB Agree to Mediation
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 3727 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The parties are negotiating a 2013-15 contract....

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Busting 5 Myths About the Minimum Wage
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:29 PM :: 3450 Views :: Labor, Cost of Living

Do you think of teenagers flipping burgers? Or a single parent trying to feed several kids?

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Sunday, March 03, 2013
Keep The Promise for Better Wages as Goal
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:42 AM :: 4410 Views :: Labor, Cost of Living

If the minimum wage does rise, where do our elected officials think businesses will get the money to pay the higher wages?

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Full Text: Rep Hanohano Accused of Workplace Violence after Racist Tirade Aimed at State Workers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:10 PM :: 7312 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

Transcript of letter from State employees attacked by Rep Faye Hanohano....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Gallup: Hawaii Again Tops Nation in Well-Being
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 7007 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor, Cost of Living

Between 2011 and 2012 Hawaii jumped from 44th to 1st in “Work Environment” but fell from 4th to 14th  in “Basic Access"....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
UHERO: Minimum Wage Hike Unlikely to Help Working Poor
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 5363 Views :: Economy, Labor, Tourism, Cost of Living

...higher minimum wage is unlikely to accomplish the stated goal of raising the living standards of the working poor....

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Sunday, February 24, 2013
Just a Vicious Circle, Higher Minimum Wage, Higher Prices
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:27 AM :: 5229 Views :: Economy, Labor, Cost of Living

...look at the issue from an economic and financial well-being stand point instead of the emotional and social welfare perspective....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
McDermott: It is time to settle the teachers’ contract!
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 AM :: 3119 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Making them grovel over less than a 2% increase (when health care costs are factored in), while at the same time proposing an expensive new preschool program is breathtakingly insulting....

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Trafficked Thai Workers' Dreams Become Nightmares
By Selected News Articles @ 6:52 PM :: 5380 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

In 2004, Nopphon Fuchumpa was promised a great opportunity in the United States.... 

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Saturday, February 02, 2013
Minimum Wage Increase Could Put People Out of Work
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 4449 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

The House Minority Caucus urged caution today as two bills to increase the minimum wage to 120 percent its current level passed the Labor & Public Employment and Economic Development & Business committees....

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tax Cut or Minimum Wage Hike? Hawaii 4th-Highest Taxes for Low Income Residents
By Andrew Walden @ 4:14 AM :: 5077 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Instead of cutting taxes on the poor, Abercrombie proposes to extract more taxes from them by hiking the minimum wage.

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Friday, January 25, 2013
State Rejects HSTA's Billion Dollar Contract Proposal, Feb 1 'Impasse' Looms
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 4168 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

In its proposal, HSTA seeks to:

  • Increase teachers’ base pay by 48.1 percent over the next four years,
  • Delay implementation of the new Educator Effectiveness System,
  • Gain veto power over development of each step of the system.
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Friday, January 25, 2013
Secrecy in Public Union Collective Bargaining
By NCPA @ 12:44 PM :: 3821 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

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Friday, January 25, 2013
DoE Scores 'D' for Teacher Preparation
By News Release @ 4:25 AM :: 4025 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...there is much more that can be done to help ensure that new teachers are “classroom ready.” ...

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Friday, January 25, 2013
HSTA: 'Prepare for Negotiations to Continue at Length'
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 3844 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 :: 4788 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 :: 3667 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 :: 7636 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 :: 5035 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 :: 4271 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 :: 4506 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 :: 3179 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 :: 5551 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 :: 2998 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 :: 3719 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 :: 3828 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 :: 3682 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 :: 4179 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 :: 3322 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 :: 3995 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 :: 5094 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 :: 7283 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 :: 6042 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 :: 4572 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 :: 5424 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 :: 5354 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 :: 9601 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 :: 4564 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 :: 5610 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 :: 9284 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 :: 4528 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 :: 4518 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 :: 5532 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 :: 5559 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 :: 6275 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 :: 6286 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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