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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Jones Act Unions file protest over crewing of APL Guam
By Michael Hansen @ 4:16 AM :: 4361 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...a labor dispute over the manning of the U.S. Flag containership APL GUAM which is scheduled to provide regular liner service between Yokohama, Japan, Apra Harbor, Guam, and Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands....

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Airport Division Turned Blind Eye to Sex Harassment
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 3519 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

A federal jury on Tuesday found the state of Hawaii and the Hawaii Department of Transportation's airports division violated a former employee's civil rights....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
2016: Unemployment Taxes to Drop 26%
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 3428 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Improved Rates Projected to Save Employers $50 Million....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Christmas Comes Early for Teachers’ Unions With No Child Left Behind Rewrite
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:51 PM :: 3455 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The Every Student Succeeds Act passed the Senate by a margin of 85 – 12 and in the U.S. House by a vote of 359-64 in late November (this included every Democrat who voted in both the House and Senate)....

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Sunday, November 29, 2015
Vote-by-Mail: Old-Boy Trick to Disenfranchise Independent Voters?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:43 PM :: 3689 Views :: Labor, Office of Elections, GMOs

in 2014 the difference in voting pattern between absentee voters and Election Day voters was as much as 37.2% ...

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Friday, November 20, 2015
Kauai County Now Hiring Dopers—Maui is ACLU’s Next Target
By News Release @ 3:41 PM :: 4197 Views :: Kauai County, Labor, Drugs

Maui County continues to require drug tests as a condition of employment....

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Friday, November 06, 2015
On Keystone: The President Has Thrown Working People Under the Bus of His Legacy
By News Release @ 7:50 PM :: 3151 Views :: Environment, Labor

After a seven-year circus of cowardly delay, the President's decision to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline is just one more indication of an utter disdain and disregard for salt-of-the-earth, middle-class working Americans....

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Half a Million Dollars of Public Pension Money Paid to Dead People in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:13 AM :: 3433 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...at least 134 deceased persons received over-payments from the Employee Retirement System, with some over-payments in excess of $50,000....

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Honolulu Average Weekly Wages Below US Average
By News Release @ 1:56 AM :: 2805 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Honolulu County had average weekly wages of $918 ranked near the middle (172nd) of the national ranking among the 342 largest counties. Nationally, the average weekly wage was $1,048 in the first quarter of 2015....

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
DLIR Raids Ala Moana Building Contractors
By News Release @ 12:14 AM :: 2660 Views :: Labor, Small Business

Undercover video shows Ala Moana construction workers paid in cash....

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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Pesticide Case by Hawaii Banana Workers Revived
By Selected News Articles @ 11:56 AM :: 3700 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Labor

The Dole fruit and Dow chemical companies must face a lawsuit from migrant farm workers who claim they were harmed by a pesticide, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled....

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Friday, October 23, 2015
State, Kaiser Begin Maui Hospital Negotiations
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 3460 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"The state will negotiate in good faith to secure the best possible outcome for our citizens and for employees of the facilities involved,” said Gov. David Ige....

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Thursday, October 22, 2015
State's Grab for Private Sector Jobs is a Giant Step Backward
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:01 PM :: 2223 Views :: Labor

...plans to transition at least 99 contracts involving hundreds of jobs from from the private sector to government paid positions....

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Union Reverses Itself: Now Backs NextEra Merger
By News Release @ 1:27 PM :: 2731 Views :: Energy, Labor

...they came to a written agreement that meets the needs of current and future members of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ bargaining unit and strongly adheres to the core values of the IBEW....

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Saturday, October 17, 2015
Labor Market Effects: Obamacare vs Hawaii Prepaid Health Care
By NCPA @ 12:15 PM :: 3291 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

...0.5 to 1 percentage point increase in the part-time fraction in high-uninsurance states relative to low-uninsurance states....

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Friday, October 16, 2015
Kauai Overtime Expenditures Out of Taxpayer’s Pockets
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:12 AM :: 2947 Views :: Kauai County, Labor

In Hawaii, overtime is calculated into a public employee’s pension....

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Friday, October 09, 2015
Public Sector Unions: Bastions of white-collar Privilege
By NCPA @ 4:07 PM :: 2363 Views :: Labor

They engage in politics to expand and protect the perks of government employees who are more likely to have attended college and garner salary and benefit packages more generous than the average private sector worker....

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Thursday, October 08, 2015
Obamacare: 30% of Large Employer Plans Hit by Cadillac Tax
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 2610 Views :: Health Care, Labor

New Study Finds Excise Tax is Having Significant Impact on U.S. Employers ....

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Sunday, October 04, 2015
These Democrats Who Voted For Obamacare Are Now Desperate To Change It
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 AM :: 3449 Views :: Democratic Party, Health Care, Labor

Now 41 of them say it has a major flaw that needs to be changed....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Study: Hawaii Is the 6th Worst State for Teachers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:41 PM :: 3130 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 13 key metrics, ranging from average starting salary to unemployment rate to the projected number of teachers per student by 2022....

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Tsutsui: Ige Should Consider Halting Maui Hospital Negotiations
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 3261 Views :: Health Care, Labor

"...I believe that we should not rush to complete a deal...."

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
ACLU Scores Big Wins for Panhandlers and Potheads
By News Release @ 2:45 AM :: 5911 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment, Homelessness, Labor, Drugs

The ACLU has shared a copy of the settlement agreement in this case with Maui County and Kauai County, both of which have had similar pre-employment medical examination requirements....

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Sunday, September 13, 2015
New Federal Overtime Proposal Affects 45% of Salaried Hawaii Workers
By News Release @ 3:18 AM :: 3056 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...would bring at least 45 percent of full-time salaried workers under overtime rules....

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Feds Asked to Step in Earlier on Future West Coast Port Disputes
By Michael Hansen @ 7:37 PM :: 2419 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...the recent dispute between dockworkers and marine terminal operators at West Coast ports took almost nine months to resolve....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Hope Street: New Teacher Leadership Growth in Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 3219 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Last year, in a state-wide data collection in collaboration with the HIDOE and HSTA, fellows sought teacher input around the implementation of the Hawai'i Common Core Standards....

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Sunday, August 16, 2015
Survey Finds 38% of Hawaii Union Households Unaware of Right to Opt-Out of Union Membership
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 4010 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii Statistics, Labor
More than 1 in 4 union members answered "Yes" in response to the question, "If it were possible to opt out of membership in a labor union without losing your job or any other penalty, would you do it?"
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Saturday, August 15, 2015
Maui's New Public-Private Partnerships--Panel Discussion on Possibilities and Challenges Ahead
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:02 PM :: 3633 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor
Mayor Alan Arakawa
Dr. David Ulin of Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Nicole Apoliona of the Kula Hospital, Maui
Dr. Gerard Livaudais, of Hawaii Pacific Health
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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 :: 3887 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 :: 4669 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 :: 3127 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 :: 2877 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 :: 3638 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 :: 3641 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 :: 4380 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 :: 2900 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 :: 3388 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 :: 2558 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 :: 2872 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 :: 3843 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 :: 2734 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 :: 3641 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 :: 5262 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 :: 7337 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 :: 3647 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 :: 3701 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 :: 4550 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 :: 6327 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 :: 3628 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 :: 5263 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 :: 3815 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor
"Material weaknesses identified"
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