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Thursday, November 02, 2017
Video: ERS not out of woods yet
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:08 PM :: 2364 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Featuring: Thom Williams, Executive director, Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii....

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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Audit: New Clause in Union Contract Boosts Overtime 50%
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 3234 Views :: Maui County, Labor

...a correspondence received on October 20, 2017 from the Fire Chief, essentially claiming the Office of the County Auditor has no right to audit the MFD....

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Friday, October 13, 2017
Workers Protest as Star-Adv lays off 25% of Newsroom
By News Release @ 4:29 AM :: 4076 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...publisher Dennis Francis of OPI, owned by Canada-based Black Press Ltd., is insisting on slashing wages and benefits for the remaining journalists....

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Recent Federal Court Ruling Affects Hawaii Tip Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 9:58 PM :: 3001 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...the 9th Circuit Court’s Marsh v. J. Alexander LLC decision makes life much easier for employers with tipped employees in Hawaii....

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Friday, September 29, 2017
Why is Hawaii so Healthy? Gallup vs Bloomberg
By Selected News Articles @ 1:32 PM :: 3401 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

...Gallup says it's exercise, Bloomberg says it's labor unions....

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Does the Jones Act Endanger American Seamen?
By Michael Hansen @ 12:16 AM :: 2476 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...the Jones Act has contributed to a smaller and older domestic shipping industry with more dangerous conditions for American seamen....

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Monday, September 25, 2017
Hawaii Lowest Teacher Salaries in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 3214 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...adjusted for cost of living....

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Hawaii is #1 in Teacher Absenteeism at 79% 
By Selected News Articles @ 2:51 PM :: 4047 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

In Hawaii about 79 percent of traditional public school teachers are chronically absent. In Hawaii charter schools it’s 23 percent…..

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Hawaii 6th Most Indebted State
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 3669 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...$27,100 = Each taxpayer's share of Hawaii's debt....

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Monday, September 04, 2017
Honolulu Republicans: On Labor Day Celebrate Entrepreneurship
By Brett Kulbis @ 1:00 PM :: 2634 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...We hope you take a moment and reflect on how much America’s entrepreneurial spirit and free market economy have enabled us to prosper and enjoy a standard of living unrivalled in history....

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Obamacare Could Bankrupt ERS
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:18 PM :: 3005 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...a 1% increase in health care costs equals a $2 billion increase in unfunded liabilities....

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Saturday, August 26, 2017
UHPA: Fund our Contract During Special Session
By News Release @ 6:32 PM :: 2804 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

..."Chapter 89, might not allow an appropriation be made during a Special Legislative Session"....

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Monday, August 21, 2017
Survey: 70 Percent of Union Members Want Re-certification Vote
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 2316 Views :: Labor

...Survey Coincides with Fifth Annual National Employee Freedom Week (Aug 20-26) to Promote Workplace Rights....

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Audit: Bulky Pickup Schemes Generate Millions in Overtime
By News Release @ 5:43 PM :: 3299 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Labor

...153 employees received $1.7 million in overtime for bulky and white goods collection....

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Monday, August 07, 2017
Full Text: Summary of Secret UPW Contract
By Andrew Walden @ 7:56 PM :: 5104 Views :: Labor

...The contract features 10.65% wage hikes over four years and a reopener for years three and four -- conveniently timed for after the next gubernatorial election....

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Monday, August 07, 2017
Why Hawaii Isn't Rich Like Texas
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:01 AM :: 3906 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

Texas has no personal income tax....

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Sunday, August 06, 2017
DoE Student Absenteeism Over 20%
By Andrew Walden @ 8:49 PM :: 3666 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... DoE student absenteeism is caused by DoE teacher absenteeism ....

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Friday, August 04, 2017
Seafarers’ irrational opposition to Sen McCain’s Jones Act reform bill
By Michael Hansen @ 11:43 PM :: 2977 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...Sacco’s column was in response to U.S. Senator John S. McCain’s introduction on July 13, 2017, of Open America’s Waters Act of 2017....

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Saturday, July 22, 2017
Millennials are public pension losers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:56 PM :: 2851 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Hawaii may be giving millennials the short end of the stick when it comes to the state’s unfunded public pension liabilities....

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Saturday, July 08, 2017
IT Project Stripped out of DOTax after decade of influence buying, psychosis, and bankruptcy
By Selected News Articles @ 12:55 PM :: 3976 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...The shift out of DOTax is just a scam to justify vetoing HB1414 which mandated an audit of the State's decade-long series of IT debacles....

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Friday, June 30, 2017
As Predicted, Matson Strike Avoided
By Michael Hansen @ 10:42 PM :: 3872 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...reporting on the expiration of two maritime union contracts with Matson....

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Friday, June 30, 2017
SB410: Public union power grab goes too far
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:54 PM :: 2605 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

All employers need a few basic freedoms to be productive, among them the freedom to manage their employees....

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Monday, June 26, 2017
Universal Basic Income Is A Lazy Solution To The Oncoming Labor Crisis
By Selected News Articles @ 10:36 PM :: 3433 Views :: Labor, Taxes

...Hawaii recently became the first state to make a major push towards a universal basic income....

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
Hawaii named 'worst state to make a living' (again)
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 AM :: 5703 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

It really comes down to workers not getting much out of their paychecks because of a high cost of living and high taxes....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
HDOT: 2002 Airport Agreement with Sheriff is Out of Date
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 2885 Views :: Labor, Small Business

Private security companies have worked to keep Hawaii’s airport facilities safe since 1976....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
State Labor Negotiators partly to blame for counties’ tax hikes
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:57 AM :: 3158 Views :: Labor, Taxes

...negotiations with the public employee unions take place mostly at the state level, but the counties nevertheless are on the hook....

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Thursday, June 08, 2017
BoE Puts 'ESSA Team' Principal in Charge, Temporarily
By News Release @ 12:18 AM :: 2197 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...DoE Priorities Reflect Teachers Union, HGEA Goals....

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
UHPA Contract: Four Salary Hikes and a Reopener for UH Faculty
By News Release @ 9:39 PM :: 4382 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

...for 4 years from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021....

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Honolulu Construction Employment Down 1%–Maui up 8%
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 4336 Views :: Economy, Labor, Rail

...boom over, Honolulu down 300 jobs....

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Sunday, May 07, 2017
The Rail Bill and Other Curiosities
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4111 Views :: Homelessness, Labor, Rail, Taxes

...Shut up or we’ll make you pay for rail too....

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Thursday, May 04, 2017
Union salary hikes include hidden costs
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:09 AM :: 3144 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

That’s because when government salaries increase, so do pension promises....

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017
SR33: Appoint OHA Trustees?
By Selected News Articles @ 9:25 PM :: 3674 Views :: Ethics, Labor, OHA

State Senate asks OHA to convene a group of Hawaiian leaders, legal scholars, and Hawaiian community members to review whether it’d be better to appoint OHA Trustees rather than elect them....

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Hawaii--Worst State for Nurses
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 3567 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

Hawaii--Avg Annual Wage for Nurses (adj for cost of living) – 51st

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Haymarket: May Day Founded on labor-history fable
By Selected News Articles @ 5:35 PM :: 1871 Views :: Labor

...previous historians had relied on an abstract of the trial prepared by defense lawyers....

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Boom Over: Honolulu Construction Jobs Down 4%
By News Release @ 2:03 PM :: 3123 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

...Construction employment in Urban Honolulu dropped 4% from 28,400 in March, 2016 to 27,200 in March, 2017 for a net loss of 1,200 jobs....

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
HSTA: 98% Ratify Sweetheart Contract with Ige
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 2441 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Ninety-eight percent of the nearly 8,000 members of HSTA who cast ballots across the state today voted to ratify a new four-year contract....

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Sunday, April 23, 2017
IRS: Hawaii Legislature Voted to Destroy Employee Retirement System
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6381 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor, Taxes

IRS Ruling: Act 1 Cash Payout to HGEA members would cost ERS its nonprofit status .... 

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Sunday, April 23, 2017
HSTA Contract Agreement: 13.6% Raise, ‘Streamlined Evaluations’
By News Release @ 2:44 AM :: 3444 Views :: Labor

HSTA members are very grateful to Gov. David Ige for personally taking part in negotiations over several days to help us....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Accountability? DoE Releases ESSA Plan
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 3149 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The 30-day public comment period begins today, Tuesday, April 18, and will run through Thursday, May 18, 2017....

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Connect to Careers: Preparing next generation of Hawaii workforce
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 2997 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...business and education partners including the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) and the Hawaii Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund....

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Friday, April 07, 2017
Time for change at Hawaii’s airports
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:12 PM :: 4898 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Tourism

For Randy Perreira, head of the Hawaii Government Employees Association, the problems at Hawaii’s airports are just a matter of not enough kumbaya....

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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Yes, Toto, Tourists Also Pay Real Property Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3481 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...this study appeared to be an outgrowth of a move by our teachers’ union....

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Friday, March 17, 2017
The Legislature Just Can't Help Itself When It Comes to the Maui Hospital
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:17 PM :: 2942 Views :: Health Care, Labor

...bills heard this week (HB76, HB233, and HB234) attempt to amend the law passed last summer by adding new severance options for the hospital employees....

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
How Paid Home Care leads to Union Membership Scam
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:28 PM :: 4662 Views :: Family, Health Care, Labor

... Kupuna Caregivers $70/Day Appropriation SB534 / HB607 ....

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Sunday, March 12, 2017
A Constitutional Amendment for Education Wars
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3359 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

The "shall make sufficient sums available" language is used in one more place in our constitution. It's in Article XII, Section 1, relating to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands....

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Monday, March 06, 2017
Congress Repeals Obama’s Blacklist of Federal Contractors
By News Release @ 8:57 PM :: 2822 Views :: Labor, Small Business

This measure, the so-called Fair Pay and Safety Workplaces rule, would have allowed government officials to debar, or blacklist, construction companies from bidding on federal projects based on the mere allegation of labor law violations without any due process....

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Friday, March 03, 2017
Hawaii's Unsustainable Cost of Public Employment
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:04 PM :: 3206 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

County workers throughout the state make higher wages than nearly all of their mainland counterparts adjusted for the cost of living....

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Thursday, March 02, 2017
ILWU Work Action Idles Pasha Containership in Honolulu Harbor
By Michael Hansen @ 11:29 PM :: 3317 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

The work stoppage was in apparent violation of the contract between the Hawaii Stevedore industry and the ILWU....

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017
New Study Details Driving Forces of Hawaii's Unfunded Liability Crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:54 PM :: 4523 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Unsustainable government salaries and pensions are worsening the crisis....

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Saturday, February 25, 2017
62% Hike in Minimum Wage Hike Will Hit Consumers, Small Business Hard
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:58 AM :: 3687 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

SB107 would raise the minimum wage 62% from $9.25 / hour ....

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