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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Funding Nonexistent People
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3431 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...our state government paid half a million dollars in pension payments to people who were already dead. Well, then, what do you think of budgeting many times that amount for people who don’t even exist?....

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Best Places for STEM Professionals? After Dropping Billions on Phony High Tech Tax Credits, Honolulu Ranks 95th
By News Release @ 10:23 PM :: 2574 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... What do we have to show for $2B in High-Tech tax credits?  Nothing ....

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Hawaii pension debt rises to $12 billion, but the real debt is more like $35 billion
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:16 PM :: 3201 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

State lawmakers were in shock this week as Hawaii’s pension debt increased from $8 billion to $12 billion....

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Friday, January 06, 2017
Report: Only 46% of HC&S Cane Workers Find New Jobs
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 4620 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Labor

The sole purpose of the taskforce was to help the 675 workers who were laid off last year....

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Ethics, HSTA Announce Agreement on School Trips
By News Release @ 3:42 PM :: 3006 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...teachers may continue to plan trips and serve as chaperones with private tour companies....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
Minimum Wage $9.25 Effective January 1, 2017
By News Release @ 10:30 PM :: 3189 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

The next scheduled raise is Jan. 1, 2018 when it will increase to $10.10....

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Sunday, December 25, 2016
Can the Unions Dodge the Law?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3491 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Law Enforcement

Earlier this year, our lawmakers passed Act 25. It bans smoking on the premises of our state-owned hospitals....

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Friday, November 18, 2016
DBEDT: 14,000 New Jobs Created in 9 Months
By News Release @ 1:20 AM :: 3214 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...fourth quarter 2016 Statistical and Economic Report....

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Thursday, November 10, 2016
UPW Contract Protects Dangerous City Truck Driver Leading to Fatality, $1M Settlement
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 2902 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor
...Kekumu had a history of eight prior avoidable accidents while driving a garbage truck, including hitting walls and parked cars. Because a driver's violations are expunged after two years under a union contract, Kekumu's driving skills never got the attention they needed....
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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Do Some Benefits For State Retirees Still Make Sense?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:14 AM :: 2813 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

In 2016, Hawaii ranked 40th among the states with an OPEB funding ratio of 29.2 percent....

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Saturday, October 22, 2016
After 10 Years and Recusal of Entire Supreme Court, State Finally Wins Flexibility on Retiree Health benefits
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 3216 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Judge Katherine G. Leonard of the Intermediate Court of Appeals served as Acting Chief Justice for the Hawaii Supreme Court in this case. All five of the regular justices of the Hawaii Supreme Court had recused themselves....

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Broken Trust Levinson Set up for Gay Marriage Revenge Round with SHOPO
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 5597 Views :: Ethics, Family, Labor, Law Enforcement, Police
SHOPO President Tenari Maafala … testified that he would never enforce a law requiring same-sex marriage.  “You would have to kill me,” he told lawmakers....
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Friday, October 14, 2016
DLNR: Fishing Fleet Labor Law not our Kuleana
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 2992 Views :: Labor, Small Business
“The petition’s amendments appear to focus on labor issues that are not part of DLNR’s jurisdiction.”
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Monday, September 26, 2016
Survey: Hawaii Worst State for Teachers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:33 PM :: 3301 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...job pressures, low pay and lack of mobility force many teachers to quit soon after they start....

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Fishing Industry to Enforce Good Labor Practices
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 2916 Views :: Labor, Small Business

On the day the AP report was published, a Task Force was formed made up of influential vessel owners, suppliers, the Honolulu Fish Auction and the Hawaii Seafood Council to begin to assess the problem and work on solutions to protect the welfare of the crewmen....

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Friday, September 16, 2016
Understanding Hawaii Teacher Shortages
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 3213 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

A State-by-State Analysis of the Factors Influencing Teacher Supply, Demand, and Equity....

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Sunday, September 04, 2016
Hospital deal is stalled, roadblocked and obstructed in every way
By News Release @ 5:42 AM :: 5309 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...Why are matters of life and death not taking precedence over every other issue facing the state at this time?....

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Thursday, September 01, 2016
Thanks to Union Stalling Tactics, Maui Hospital to Cut Beds, Services
By News Release @ 3:49 AM :: 3932 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

The impact of the bed closures will mean a decreased capacity with critical services such as Stroke, Heart, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Trauma and other critical care needs requiring transport to Oahu....

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Monday, August 29, 2016
Kaiser: Union Stalling Pushes Maui Hospital Transfer Date to July 1, 2017
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 3852 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

With a new date of July 1, 2017, we will all avoid the perpetual raising and dashing of expectations as interim closing dates are repeatedly set and cancelled....

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
ERS Saved: Judge Grants Restraining Order Against SB2077
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 3985 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

SB2077 could result in the ERS plan being disqualified by the Internal Revenue Service....

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Saturday, August 20, 2016
Maili Most Stressed Place in Hawaii, Mountain View Least
By Selected News Articles @ 5:05 PM :: 3592 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

Percentage of population with a long commute, Hours worked, Percentage of income spent on rent....

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Thursday, August 18, 2016
Construction 5.9% of Hawaii GDP—#2 in USA
By News Release @ 7:18 PM :: 3751 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail, Small Business

Hawaii’s construction industry made the second largest contribution to state GDP at 5.9 percent with an increase of 0.5 percent from 2014, the largest year-over-year improvement of any state....

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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Hawaii: How to Quit Paying Union Dues—Legally
By News Release @ 4:30 AM :: 3353 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...nearly 30% of union members would quit if they could....

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Friday, August 12, 2016
Full Text: State, UPW Reach Maui Hospital Agreement
By News Release @ 11:55 PM :: 3624 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

The Maui Region hospitals will be transferred from Hawai‘i Health System Corporation management to Kaiser not earlier than November 6, 2016....

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Full Text: ERS Files Suit to Stop SB2077 ‘Catastrophe’
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 4073 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

... contributions would be included in the employees’ income and taxed as normal wages when contributed. Further, the employees would be subject to federal income taxes on the portion of their benefits funded by the employer at the time that the benefits vest ....

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Sunday, August 07, 2016
Aftermath of the Maui Hospital Benefits Veto Override
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3881 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...what happens if a benefit plan does get disqualified? According to the IRS’ website, there are potentially severe consequences to the employer, the employees, and the plan itself....

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Saturday, July 30, 2016
SB2077: Randy Perreira Face-Saving Bill
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 2755 Views :: Health Care, Labor

...kabuki theater aimed at baffling and confusing union members to make it look like their union bosses are actually doing something for them when they’re not....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Hawaii Pension System $8 Billion in Trouble
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:14 AM :: 3114 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...at $6,000 per resident, the burden of Hawaii’s pension shortfalls is among the highest in the nation....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
VIDEO: HART Vice-Chair Endorses Charles Djou
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 3870 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Politicians, Rail

...after having seen Caldwell in ‘action’ as mayor, Damien and the IBEW have thrown their support firmly behind Charles....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
IUOE ‘Hawaiian Stabilization Fund’ All But Clear of Lawsuit
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 3009 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Rail

...leaders of the International Union of Operating Engineers who were accused of squandering pension funds....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Ige: The concerns expressed in my veto message have not changed
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 2860 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"The bill jeopardizes the Employees Retirement System’s tax exempt status...."

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Maui Hospital Veto Override will jeopardize the Employee Retirement System
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:11 AM :: 3469 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... Grassroot Institute Exposes Flaws in Veto Override Regarding Maui Hospitals ....

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
State lawmakers to return Monday to discuss wasteful $25 million union deal
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:13 AM :: 2127 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Legislators will convene on Monday, July 18th for a special session to determine whether $25 million in severance pay will be paid to union employees transitioning to new employment in a private hospital system....

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Friday, July 15, 2016
HGEA Sues to Block Airport Security Privatization
By Selected News Articles @ 8:38 PM :: 2373 Views :: Labor

"The Hawaii State Constitution provides: 'The employment of persons in the civil service shall be governed by the merit principle....'"

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Djou Challenges Caldwell to Respond to On-Going EMS Staffing Problems
By Rep Charles Djou @ 4:31 PM :: 2733 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor

...Yesterday, when asked to respond on EMS staffing shortages, the mayor again refused to respond....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Maui HGEA Payoff: Still $25M too Much
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:04 PM :: 3175 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"The legislature must avoid establishing a costly disincentive that would hinder the saving of other neighbor islands' hospital systems through healthy public-private partnerships...."

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Monday, July 11, 2016
Neighbor island ESSA town halls start Monday
By News Release @ 9:37 PM :: 2394 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Each event is offered free of charge and will run from 5 to 7 p.m....

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
HGEA: Ige Preparing Reduced Hospital Severance Package
By News Release @ 9:10 PM :: 3359 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...In a Special Session, Legislators may amend the bill and take a vote - bill passes with a simple majority....

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
HGEA Maui Endorsements Leaked
By Andrew Walden @ 9:07 PM :: 3471 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Politicians

...these endorsements are approved by Maui HGEA leaders but have not been officially ‘blessed’ by State HGEA HQ....

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
$42 Million Bid May Stall Hospital Transition and Jeopardize Union Jobs
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:23 PM :: 2855 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...The new hospital public-private partnership is estimated to save the state $260 million in costs over the next decade....these savings could disappear if the costs for the transition is too great....

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Friday, July 08, 2016
Significant Increases in Labor Law Penalties
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 2413 Views :: Labor, Small Business

Penalties for Workers’ Compensation, Temporary Disability Insurance and Prevailing Wages Violations Increase....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Study: Hawaii is Number One in Teacher Absenteeism
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 AM :: 3245 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"Hawaii has…80 schools where 90% of teachers are absent ten days or more."

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Monday, June 27, 2016
Major Unions Endorse Djou for Mayor
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 3285 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Rail

...The unions endorsing Djou were the first unions to support Kirk Caldwell for mayor in 2010 and backed Caldwell again in 2012....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
Privatization: 20 Years of UPW Garbage in Hawaii’s Courts
By Selected News Articles @ 10:02 PM :: 4047 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care, Judiciary, Labor

20 years ago, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that an agreement between the County of Hawaii and a private contractor for the operation of a county landfill violated civil service laws....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Hanabusa Uses Teachers to Open Door to More Lobbyist 'Gifts' to Legislators
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 5263 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...Hanabusa pointed out that the same issues underlying the disagreement over teacher travel and education trips are also involved in applying the gift provisions of the ethics code to legislators....

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
HGEA Announces Primary Election Endorsements
By News Release @ 4:46 AM :: 3321 Views :: Labor, Politicians

...the state’s largest labor union, announced its endorsed candidates for the 2016 Primary Election today....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Maui: Half of Overtime Goes to 376 Police Officers
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:00 PM :: 4092 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Police

“We looked at the payroll from July 2014 to June 2015"

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Court Lifts Stay—Allows Maui Hospital Privatization to Proceed
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 3165 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...negotiations continue and the order still prevents the parties from actually closing the transaction....

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Sunday, June 05, 2016
What Will We Do Next for Maui Hospital Workers?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3048 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"All patients of all ages will be negatively impacted by service cuts, so please support privatization.”

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Thursday, June 02, 2016
ESSA 2016 Hawaii Education Summit
By News Release @ 4:38 AM :: 3091 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m....

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