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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Yes, Toto, Tourists Also Pay Real Property Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 375 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 Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 2:17 PM :: 506 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 :: 903 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 :: 535 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 :: 585 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 Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 4:04 PM :: 913 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 :: 784 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 :: 2143 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 :: 870 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

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

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Local business owners speak out about the minimum wage
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:17 PM :: 738 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...if the minimum wage was increased, many grocery stores today would simply replace workers with automated tablets....

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Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Cost of Public Employment
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:52 PM :: 1340 Views :: Labor
“Plunder! How public employee unions are raiding treasuries, controlling our lives and bankrupting the nation”
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
How to give teachers a pay raise … without raising taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:08 PM :: 1154 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

 ...$9,450 a year more without spending a penny....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Transform the Bureaucracy and Achieve Justice for John Sosa
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 PM :: 826 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...Randall Roth comments on two stories on the DoE investigation into education reform advocate John Sosa which ran on KHON Feb 6 and Feb 7....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
HPD Acting Chief Supports Naming of Suspended Officers
By News Release @ 2:21 AM :: 807 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Police

...the department has chosen to support Senate Bill No. 424 and House Bill No. 456....

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Monday, February 13, 2017
HSTA Rallies for $500M Tax Hike on Renters—House Approves on 2nd Read
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 1467 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

...UHERO: ‘Discriminatory’ HSTA Property Tax Plan hits Renters Hardest....

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Monday, February 13, 2017
Anti-Fishing Lies Exposed: Attorney General Releases Point by Point Debunk of Kaniela Ing
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 1535 Views :: Environment, Labor, Small Business

...Must read: AG responds to 9 questions from Ing.  Short version of responses: “No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, and No.”....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
Hawaii needs self-managed pension plan for public-worker retirees
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:06 PM :: 926 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Hawaii is missing $23 billion ....

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Friday, February 10, 2017
Demanding a Tax Hike, HSTA to Rally at Capitol
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 1240 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

to lobby for a constitutional amendment that will drastically increase property taxes....

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
County Employees in Hawaii make double what private sector workers make
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:14 PM :: 2283 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Honolulu County workers make more than neighbor island workers....

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Sunday, February 05, 2017
Unfunded Pensions – Tip of the Iceberg?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 993 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Is a 7% return on investment sustainable into the future? Another organization that studied the issue said that a more realistic rate of return would be the “risk-free” rate, which they calculated at 2.344%....

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Saturday, February 04, 2017
Hawaii Union Membership #2 in USA–21.7%
By News Release @ 12:33 PM :: 606 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

New York continued to have the highest union membership rate (23.6 percent), Hawaii and Alaska are tied for second at 21.7 percent each....

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Saturday, February 04, 2017
UHERO: ‘Discriminatory’ HSTA Property Tax Plan hits Renters Hardest
By UHERO @ 12:22 AM :: 1570 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...an owner of an investment property in Honolulu worth less than half a million dollars can expect to see his (her) combined City and State property tax bill double....

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Friday, February 03, 2017
Hawaii public employee benefits rise 5 times faster than private sector
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:22 PM :: 1916 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Salaries and benefits of Hawaii government workers have increased by 26 percent in the past decade....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
County workers in Hawaii make highest wages in the nation
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:22 PM :: 2801 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...county workers in Hawaii make a mean average wage of $61,365 a year....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Hawaii Non-Governmental Workers Receive Lowest Pay in USA
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 1177 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...non-government workers in Hawaii make, on average, $43,544 in annual pay and benefits (adjusted for cost of living) which ranks as the lowest compensation in in the nation....

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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Funding Nonexistent People
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1092 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 :: 709 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 :: 1102 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 :: 1025 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 :: 727 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 :: 713 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 :: 1066 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 :: 996 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 :: 1072 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 :: 1083 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 :: 1378 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 :: 1680 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 :: 873 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 :: 1073 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 :: 1033 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 :: 1262 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 :: 2875 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 :: 1285 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 :: 1250 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 :: 1382 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 :: 1714 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 :: 1088 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 :: 1232 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 :: 1258 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 :: 1385 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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