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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
State pension woes raise specter of county bankruptcies
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:15 PM :: 6637 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Taxes

...Hokama also asked Thom Williams, executive director of the ERS, if the debt would still be owed if the county went bankrupt....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Bureaucracy thwarts state modernization
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:07 PM :: 3892 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...Hawaii’s entrenched state and county bureaucracies delaying the advance of high technology into their own operations....

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Sunday, December 10, 2017
Tech: 'Clinically Psychotic' HGEA Signs Suicide Pact
By Andrew Walden @ 8:27 PM :: 6357 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor, Politicians

...The seeming political power play is actually a sign of Perreira’s weakness.... 

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Thursday, December 7, 2017
Ige Appoints DLIR Director to Head DoTax
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 4042 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...Takayama has served as the director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) since April 2015. She will assume her new position on Monday, Dec. 11....

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Pasha Hawaii charged in labor dispute
By Michael Hansen @ 11:46 PM :: 3807 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...It may also lead to speculation that Pasha and the shipbuilder Keppel have not yet completed their ship design....

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Monday, December 4, 2017
Ethics Fine: Guard Must Return Cash after $10K Inmate Payoff
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 4868 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Labor, Law Enforcement

...In or around November 2009, Respondent Kanazawa-Yee and two other ACOs, ACO A and ACO B, planned to obtain money from Inmate....

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Hawaii's Best Workplace? Monsanto
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 5822 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, GMOs

...Monsanto took first place, scoring an impressive 91.6 percent....

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Pension pinches profligacy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:00 AM :: 3239 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hawaii’s county governments — and county taxpayers — are about to feel the pinch....

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Hawaii State Hospital Employees Game Overtime System
By Andrew Walden @ 2:01 AM :: 7414 Views :: Health Care, Labor

A federal court order is being ignored so union members at the Hawai’i State Hospital can manipulate work rules....

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Hospital Crisis: How to Use Union Work Rules for Fun and Profit
By Andrew Walden @ 2:00 AM :: 8100 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Hawaii public hospital workers earn less but cost more than their private sector counterparts.  How is that possible?

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
HGEA Hospital Debacle: DOH Places Seven On Leave
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 3692 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...after decades ignoring the festering problems at the HGEA job trust State Hospital, AG and DoH pretend to suddenly be oh-so-very-concerned....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
‘Psychopathic’ escapee from Hawaii arrested in Stockton
By Selected News Articles @ 2:19 PM :: 4028 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Law Enforcement

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Deputies said they arrested Randall Saito, the Hawaii State Hospital escapee, at approximately 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
$1.8B Special Fund Audit: DHRD Refuses to Report to Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:42 AM :: 3935 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

..."We disagree with DHRD. The statutory requirements that DHRD report to the Legislature are unambiguous and do not exempt these trust funds." -- Auditor....

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Counties stuck with bailing out pension debt
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:11 PM :: 2990 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...the state Legislature has discovered a new tactic for meeting its public pension financial obligations: passing the costs on to the counties....

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Thursday, November 9, 2017
Legacy Pension Costs--Hawaii Scores D-
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 AM :: 3307 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Legacy Costs evaluates whether states provided adequate funding, as defined by retirement system actuaries, for pensions and other promised retirement benefits for public workers.....

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Thursday, November 2, 2017
Video: ERS not out of woods yet
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:08 PM :: 3029 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 :: 3974 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 :: 4917 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 :: 3824 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 :: 4268 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 :: 3275 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 :: 4255 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 :: 5009 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 :: 4797 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

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

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Monday, September 4, 2017
Honolulu Republicans: On Labor Day Celebrate Entrepreneurship
By Brett Kulbis @ 1:00 PM :: 3352 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 :: 3816 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 :: 3536 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 :: 2839 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 :: 4197 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 7, 2017
Full Text: Summary of Secret UPW Contract
By Andrew Walden @ 7:56 PM :: 5962 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 7, 2017
Why Hawaii Isn't Rich Like Texas
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:01 AM :: 4911 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

Texas has no personal income tax....

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Sunday, August 6, 2017
DoE Student Absenteeism Over 20%
By Andrew Walden @ 8:49 PM :: 4514 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

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

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Friday, August 4, 2017
Seafarers’ irrational opposition to Sen McCain’s Jones Act reform bill
By Michael Hansen @ 11:43 PM :: 3728 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 :: 3520 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 8, 2017
IT Project Stripped out of DOTax after decade of influence buying, psychosis, and bankruptcy
By Selected News Articles @ 12:55 PM :: 4759 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 :: 4888 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 :: 3374 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 :: 4153 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 :: 6799 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 :: 3577 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 :: 3919 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 8, 2017
BoE Puts 'ESSA Team' Principal in Charge, Temporarily
By News Release @ 12:18 AM :: 2866 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 :: 6147 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 :: 5530 Views :: Economy, Labor, Rail

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

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Sunday, May 7, 2017
The Rail Bill and Other Curiosities
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5114 Views :: Homelessness, Labor, Rail, Taxes

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

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Thursday, May 4, 2017
Union salary hikes include hidden costs
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:09 AM :: 3771 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

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

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
SR33: Appoint OHA Trustees?
By Selected News Articles @ 9:25 PM :: 4530 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 3, 2017
Hawaii--Worst State for Nurses
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 4304 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

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

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Haymarket: May Day Founded on labor-history fable
By Selected News Articles @ 5:35 PM :: 2353 Views :: Labor

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

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Boom Over: Honolulu Construction Jobs Down 4%
By News Release @ 2:03 PM :: 3883 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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