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Sunday, August 09, 2015
Ige to hear Testimony on Maui Memorial Partnership Plan Tuesday
By Selected News Articles @ 12:40 AM :: 3520 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor
Maui Waena Intermediate School – Kahului
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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Thursday, August 06, 2015
UPW Sues to Block HHSC Hospital Privatization
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 4294 Views :: Health Care, Labor

The UPW complaint alleges that the legislation violates the contract clause of the United States Constitution by impairing the contract between UPW and the State....

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Sunday, July 19, 2015
Post-Employment Benefits Are King
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2857 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor
The Hawaii Constitution says, “Membership in any employees' retirement system of the State or any political subdivision thereof shall be a contractual relationship, the accrued benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.”
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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Overtime Expenditures Out of Taxpayers’ Pockets
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:48 AM :: 2594 Views :: Maui County, Labor

One common way public employees increase their pensions is by maximizing overtime....

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Saturday, July 11, 2015
Kauai Payroll and Hiring Audit: Fraud, Overpayments and Contract Violations
By Andrew Walden @ 2:35 AM :: 3296 Views :: Kauai County, Labor

There were many instances of missing documents....

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Sunday, July 05, 2015
Progressive Paradise Lost
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:58 AM :: 3340 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

One barrier to business is the Merchant Marine Jones Act....

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Thursday, June 18, 2015
Hawaii Government Workforce Seventh Least Productive in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:07 PM :: 3965 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii’s employees earn 9 percent more than those in the private sector—the 3rd highest wages and salaries ratio in the country....

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Friday, June 12, 2015
Tweet Analysis Shows Hawaii #1 in Job Satisfaction
By News Release @ 3:14 PM :: 2618 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...analysis reveals those who love their job enough to tweet about it in the United States live in the Western half of the country....

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Insurgents Win HSTA Leadership Election (again)
By News Release @ 9:58 PM :: 3062 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...and this time the outgoing leadership admits it....

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015
So you want to run the university like a business? Try making nice to the faculty.
By News Release @ 8:20 PM :: 2275 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

UH has all of twelve awards for its ten campuses and three thousand faculty....

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Honolulu Among Worst in US: 78% of Jobs Created since 2010 do not Pay 'Living Wage'
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 2615 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Twenty of the 150 largest metros had a share of less than 25 percent of its new jobs since 2010 created in occupations that pay a living wage....

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Auditor: HGEA Keeps UH Research Corp from Achieving Potential
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:06 AM :: 3474 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education, Labor

RCUH’s broad purpose allows projects remotely associated with research or training to qualify for exemptions from state procurement and civil service laws....

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Monday, June 01, 2015
Why Unions Want Exemption from the Minimum Wage Hikes They Fought For
By NCPA @ 1:58 PM :: 2501 Views :: Labor

Once the higher minimum wage bill is signed into law, with the exemption for unions, then organizing becomes a win-win for employers and unions....

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Sunday, May 24, 2015
Unfunded Liabilities – Smoke and Mirrors?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3299 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...what actually goes into this “unfunded liability” calculation....

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Saturday, May 23, 2015
HSTA Insurgents: We Won the Election, Will Sue Tuesday
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 4907 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Each of these races was decided by more than 150 votes....

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Friday, May 22, 2015
UPDATE: HSTA Election Conspiracy? Okabe Complains About Release of Information
By Andrew Walden @ 2:42 AM :: 6846 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"...have no integrity and join effectively in a conspiracy against him and his team....” 

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Honolulu 86th Worst Small Business Environment
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 PM :: 3214 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...earnings for small business employees adjusted for cost of living are three times higher in the Houston metro area than in the Honolulu metro area....

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Thanks to HGEA, Hawaii 2nd Worst State for Nurses
By Selected News Articles @ 2:43 PM :: 3395 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

Hawaii ranks 50th – Monthly Median Starting Salary for Nurses, Adjusted for Cost of Living....

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Friday, May 01, 2015
Survey: Hawaii Ranks #2 in Sleep Deprivation
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 4091 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

Hawaii averages 6.28 hours of sleep ....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Full Text: Unanimous Conference Committee Approves Maui Hospital Partnership Bill
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 5846 Views :: Health Care, Labor

House Appoints Conferees, Conference Committee to meet Tues 5PM....

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
7% Solution Makes Hawaii Pension Debt Seem Smaller
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 PM :: 3289 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor
“The state increased the rate from 4 percent to 7 percent.”
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
HSTA Contract Reopener Showers Teachers in Cash
By News Release @ 5:33 AM :: 4823 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

One-time lump sum payment of $2000 for all active, full-time licensed teachers....

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Audit: DoE Bungles Federal Grants, Gives Teachers Excess Sick Leave, Vacation Time
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 3404 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor
"Material weaknesses identified"
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Let Your Voice Be Heard for Maui Hospital!
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:29 AM :: 3036 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

HB1075 concerns the creation of a public-private partnership for the Maui Hospital System....

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Friday, April 10, 2015
Small Business Group Challenges Employment Law Proposals
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 2619 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...bills relating to leave policy, workers’ compensation, and workplace complaints/protections....

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Friday, April 10, 2015
Local 5 Pushing Self-Funded Insurance Scheme
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 2508 Views :: Health Care, Labor

"UNITE HERE Local 5 is attending municipal public meetings and speaking directly with elected policymakers."

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Monday, April 06, 2015
Senate Minority Alternative Budget cuts spending, caps collective bargaining
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:13 PM :: 3661 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Republican Party, Taxes

"It brings relief to our beleaguered taxpayers and small businesses, and balances our state finances in the long term."

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Monday, March 30, 2015
Political Fight Over Teachers' Mailboxes
By Selected News Articles @ 1:39 PM :: 3185 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...The warning came after elementary schoolteacher Justin Hughey, a candidate for HSTA vice president, tried to distribute a 1-page flyer in Maui High School on March 3.....

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Friday, March 27, 2015
PEW: Filipinos Nearly Half of Hawaii Unauthorized Immigrants
By Selected News Articles @ 11:16 PM :: 3005 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...In Alaska and Hawaii, unauthorized immigrants from the Philippines are the largest group....

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Friday, March 27, 2015
UHERO: Despite Kakaako, Residential building permits fell last year
By UHERO @ 11:03 PM :: 4671 Views :: Development, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

...Assuming affirmative resolution of ongoing entitlement battles for Hoopili and Koa Ridge, single-family building will begin to pick up over the next two years....

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Monday, March 23, 2015
HGEA Perreira Threatens Sen Roz Baker After Hospital Reform Hearing
By Andrew Walden @ 5:44 AM :: 5886 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Politicians

"... you may currently enjoy the privilege of occupying a seat, you do not own it - it does not belong to you.  Show some respect to the people who put you there ...."

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Friday, March 20, 2015
Judge: EEOC Human Trafficking Case "Frivolous"
By Selected News Articles @ 8:15 PM :: 3946 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

... “baseless, unreasonable and frivolous” ....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Lawsuit: OE Local 3 Hawaiian Stabilization - multimillion-dollar slush fund for union bosses
By Selected News Articles @ 10:26 PM :: 5576 Views :: DHHL, Labor, Rail

...union members accuse union leadership of cavorting with the Japanese Yakuza and the Chinese Triads crime syndicates....

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
OpenHawaii.org -- Holding Government Accountable
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:22 PM :: 3579 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...county and state salary and overtime records, as well as retirement, health insurance, budgetary, and other data....

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Hawaii Disability Roll 12.5% Growth in 5 Years
By News Release @ 3:17 PM :: 2810 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

Only eight states saw increases under 15 percent: New York, Virginia, Mississippi, North Dakota, Hawaii, Maine, Connecticut and West Virginia....

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Saturday, March 07, 2015
Lose a Body Part? Hawaii Workers Comp Pays More Than Most
By Selected News Articles @ 4:10 PM :: 2964 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

...The loss of an arm, for example, is worth up to $48,840 in Alabama, $193,950 in Ohio and $439,858 in Illinois....

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Requirement calling for triple pay on state holidays removed from Senate Bill
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 2673 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...please join your legislators for an informal reception at the Capitol hosted by NFIB on Friday, March 13 at 4 p.m....

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
In Hawaii, The State of Liabilities, The Cost of Rail is Just the Beginning
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:20 PM :: 3272 Views :: Labor, Rail, Taxes

Liabilities everywhere: The rail project, the failing state hospital system, overdue maintenance on state buildings and campuses, underfunded public worker pensions and health insurance, and so much more....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
HB558: Curbing Overtime Abuse
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:26 PM :: 2834 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

The state paid nearly $60 million in overtime pay last year....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Lockout: Management Shuts West Coast Ports Four More Days
By News Release @ 8:54 PM :: 3111 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...ILWU: "There could be a delay on arrivals of vessels and that's the concern that we should have here in Hawaii"....

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
PMA: Unwavering ILWU Demand Threatens to Sink Contract Talks; “Slowdowns as a Way of Life”
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 2903 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

“The ILWU is essentially seeking the right to fire judges who rule against them.”

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Friday, February 06, 2015
Management: West Coast Port Lockout Begins Saturday
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 3120 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced today that weekend vessel loading and unloading operations will be temporarily suspended this weekend....

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Friday, February 06, 2015
Ige Appoints Carpenters Union Political Director to DLIR
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 3063 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Ige is nominating Leonard Hoshijo to be the Deputy Director in the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations....

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015
PMA: We'll Pay ILWU's Obamacare Tax--Take it or be Locked Out
By Michael Hansen @ 11:32 PM :: 4178 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

"...No one can predict when that will happen — five days, seven days, two weeks — but the ports will soon grind to a halt...."

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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Wes Lo's Smoking Gun: Improvement of Medical Services on Maui Started With Fight for Second Hospital
By Andrew Walden @ 7:34 PM :: 4577 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

If the Legislature fails to grant MMMC permission to negotiate a partnership agreement with HPH and MMMC goes bankrupt, this interview will be the smoking gun....

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Hawaii Ranks 50th in Payroll from Sole Proprietors, S-Corps, LLCs
By Selected News Articles @ 3:24 PM :: 3291 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

Pass-through businesses pay a significant role in the US economy. They account for 95 percent of all businesses, more than 60 percent of all business income, and more than 50 percent of all employment....

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Thanks to Obamacare, ILWU Contract Maybe Short-Lived
By Selected News Articles @ 10:16 PM :: 3193 Views :: Health Care, Labor

...if the new contract extends longer than three years, that will be a surprise to many....

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Rail Fail: Hawaii Ranks 49th--Lost 4.5% of Construction Jobs in Last 12 mos
By Andrew Walden @ 3:06 PM :: 3616 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

Making excuses for price-gouging rail contractors, HART Director Daniel Grabauskas points to the “red-hot construction market” as the cause for HART cost overruns....

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Friday, January 23, 2015
Hawaii Union Membership Slips to 21.8% -- 3rd in USA
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 3230 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Hawaii union membership slips from 22.1% in 2013 to 21.8% in 2014 ....

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Thursday, January 22, 2015
Hawaii is Dead Last in Employment by Sole Proprietors, S-Corps, LLCs
By Selected News Articles @ 4:56 PM :: 3165 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

Delaware (49.5 percent) and Hawaii (48 percent) are the only states with pass-through employment less than 50% share of total private sector employment....

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