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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Legislature to Consider Auto-IRA Saving for Private Sector Workers
By Selected News Articles @ 7:48 PM :: 4299 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

... workers at employers of a minimum size would be enrolled automatically in the program with the ability to opt out ....

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
Feds: Ali'i Security Rips off 171 Guards for $1.54M Overtime
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 2465 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... A Hawaii company that provides security officers to the state’s National Guard, the Hawaii State Arts Museum, Foster Botanical Gardens and other public and private facilities ....

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022
DoH Reduces School Quarantine Requirements, HSTA Complains
By News Release @ 1:18 AM :: 2342 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... The HSTA hears that others were being told by the DOH that adults can return after five days “to sustain the workforce” ....

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Money and Power: HSTA Priorities for 2022 Legislature
By News Release @ 1:36 PM :: 2736 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... HSTA’s Government Relations Committee spotlights priorities for the 2022 Legislature ....

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Friday, January 7, 2022
UHERO: ​Effects of COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Hawai‘i
By UHERO @ 9:20 PM :: 3243 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... the trade-off in temporary losses during the adjustment period is met with significant gains in public health ....

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Thursday, January 6, 2022
COVID: Hawaii Shutdowns Among Harshest in USA
By News Release @ 8:44 PM :: 3167 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... The study showed a statistically significant correlation between how severe state governmental actions were in shutting down their economies and negative impacts on employment more than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic began ....

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Thursday, December 30, 2021
COVID: HSTA Urges Sickout
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 3054 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... HSTA encourages all of our members to ensure they stay home from work if they have mild symptoms, notify their health care provider, and get tested right away. HSTA members should know they have the right to request quarantine leave benefits ....

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021
DLIR Reports Seven Workplace fatalities in 2021
By News Release @ 7:54 PM :: 1755 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... seven fatalities to date occurred in 2021 among twenty-three major incidents reported unrelated to the COVID-19 Pandemic ....

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
Number of initial unemployment claims up in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 AM :: 2146 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... New weekly unemployment claims increased by 291 in Hawaii to 1,615 for the week ending Dec. 18 ....

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Feds Bust Two Restaurants for Failure to Pay Overtime
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 2418 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... The division’s investigation led to the recovery of $40,000 in back wages plus another $40,000 in liquidated damages for five workers ....

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Monday, December 20, 2021
Hawaii--2nd Lowest Job Growth in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:13 AM :: 3686 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... States Whose Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most from COVID ....

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Friday, December 17, 2021
VIDEO: SHOPO Elects new Leaders after Alm Endorsement Backfires
By Video @ 2:23 PM :: 2632 Views :: Labor, Police

... SHOPO Elections End In Shake-up For Union Leadership after Alm endorsement backfires ....

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Thursday, December 16, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 6% for November
By News Release @ 6:56 PM :: 1692 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... unemployment rate for November was 6.0 percent compared to the revised rate of 6.4 percent in October ....

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Thursday, December 16, 2021
Soaring Unfunded Pension Liabilities Threaten Taxpayers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 AM :: 2368 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... As Crisis Intensifies, Union Dons Push For Even More Spending ....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
HSTA: Pandemic Relief Money Can Go Into Our Pockets
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 2326 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... we can grab for 21 hours of 'professional development' or college loan relief or something ....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
HSTA: Union Contract Supersedes COVID Emergency Orders
By News Release @ 4:40 PM :: 2415 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... HSTA, employer file arguments on HSTA’s prohibited practice complaint decision pending by the Hawaii Labor Relations Board ....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
COVID: UH Faculty Win Six More Months of Telework
By News Release @ 4:33 PM :: 2159 Views :: Higher Education, Labor, COVID-19

... Teleworking UH Faculty will be exempt from requirements to submit work plans through June 30, 2022 ....

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
State Completes implementation of new electronic time and leave system
By News Release @ 1:05 AM :: 2328 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... 13,000 employees in the Executive and Legislative branches, and the Office of the Hawaiian Affairs produce 90,000 electronic leave records each month ....

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Monday, November 22, 2021
HSTA encourages teachers to apply for sabbatical leave
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 3194 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... Teachers may apply for one semester or for the entire school year ....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
COVID-19 regulations aren’t cost-free
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:16 PM :: 2211 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... ignoring the full cost is tantamount to malpractice ....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
Unemployment Drops to 6.3% for October
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 1909 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... DBEDT today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 6.3 percent compared to 6.6 percent in September ....

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Saturday, November 13, 2021
Strike Halted, Tentative Agreement Reached Between Alliance Unions and Kaiser Permanente
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 2111 Views :: Health Care, Labor

... On Saturday, November 13, 2021, Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance of Health Care Unions reached tentative agreement on a four-year contract ....

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Monday, November 8, 2021
State Launches ABLE Savings Program for Disabled
By News Release @ 7:05 PM :: 2217 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Small Business

... In 2019, Gov. Ige signed Kal’s Law, which allowed individuals with a qualifying disability to work full-time at minimum wage without losing state or federal benefits. This year, Gov. Ige signed a bill that became Act 55 — which removes the practice of paying individuals a sub-minimum wage based solely on the fact the individual has a disability ....

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
DLIR to Partially Reopen December 1
By News Release @ 3:35 AM :: 1976 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... Services from all programs in the department will be available Wednesdays through Fridays. Telephone appointments for general unemployment insurance and claims adjudication services will continue on Mondays and Tuesdays ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Kaiser Permanente mental health clinicians authorize strike in Hawaii
By News Release @ 6:24 PM :: 2464 Views :: Health Care, Labor

... Clinicians are also seeking a state investigation into Kaiser’s violation of laws ensuring parity for mental health care ....

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Saturday, October 30, 2021
Seminar: Teachers Union Pushing Transsexual Agenda
By News Release @ 5:29 PM :: 3449 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Labor

... Transgender 101 for Educators Presented by the HSTA Human and Civil Rights Committee ....

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021
IATSE Announces Another Movie Contract Agreement
By News Release @ 7:14 PM :: 1785 Views :: Labor

... Contract ratification can now move ahead for a combined 60,000 workers in TV and film nationwide ....

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Sunday, October 24, 2021
Hawaii Has Most Jobs Seekers per Job Opening
By Andrew Walden @ 2:56 AM :: 2736 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... 77 months until Hawaii returns to pre-COVID unemployment rates .... 

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Saturday, October 23, 2021
State Unemployment Recovery? -- Hawaii 49th
By News Release @ 2:37 PM :: 2729 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii Increase in Unemployment (September 2021 vs September 2019) 175.50% ....

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.6%
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 1911 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 6.6 percent compared to 7.0 percent in August ....

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
Substitute shortage reported in urban and rural schools across the state
By News Release @ 2:31 PM :: 2127 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... 100+ substitute positions are unfilled daily with others diverted to fill-in ....

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Monday, October 18, 2021
COVID Emergency Rules: HSTA to file complaint with Hawaii Labor Relations Board
By News Release @ 6:56 PM :: 2666 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

"...The suspension of Chapter 89 sets a dangerous precedent...."

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Sunday, October 17, 2021
No, DOE, You’re Not God
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2644 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... DOE told HSTA the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation suspends Hawaii law governing collective bargaining in public employment ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
Hiding the Failure: DoE Stops Teacher Evaluations
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 2792 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... Evaluation paused this school year for effective teachers ... Probationary teachers will still be evaluated, but with fewer observations ....

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
HSTA Demands Schools Teach so-called 'Critical Race Theory'
By News Release @ 5:29 AM :: 5847 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii History, Labor

"Manufactured attacks on critical race theory aim to dismantle ongoing efforts to provide an equitable education for all keiki" -- HSTA

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Thursday, October 7, 2021
HIDOE takes no action on pandemic grievances, citing suspension of collective bargaining law
By News Release @ 10:28 PM :: 2426 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... HSTA immediately files demands for arbitration ....

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
EEOC Sues Suisan Company, Ltd for Racial Harassment and Retaliation
By News Release @ 5:16 AM :: 2715 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Labor

... Food Distributor Condoned Racial Harassment and Retaliated Against African American Employee for Complaining, Federal Agency Charges ....

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Hawaii’s Big Government Bureaucracy; How Red Tape Threatens the Individual
By Video @ 3:45 AM :: 2649 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... Hawaii government bureaucracy often it serves itself instead of the public ....

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Monday, September 27, 2021
Kauai County: Supervisors on FlexTime, Employees Moonlighting
By News Release @ 4:29 AM :: 3081 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Labor

... the fact that a SWD employee was allowed to moonlight in another county job was a reason for this audit ....

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Sunday, September 26, 2021
Best States for Teachers? Hawaii Ranks 44th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 AM :: 3202 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

... Earlier in 2021, teachers in many schools across the U.S. had to provide online-only instruction to students...a massive number of students experienced significant learning loss ....

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Monday, September 20, 2021
46% Rate Hike: Audit Exposes Young Bros Fraudulent Accounting Tricks
By Andrew Walden @ 11:53 PM :: 3914 Views :: Jones Act, Labor, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Saltchuk and Foss transferring expenses to YBs books makes YB seem less profitable, thereby fraudulently ‘justifying’ PUC rate hikes ....

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Saturday, September 18, 2021
COVID Recovery: Hawaii 48th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 AM :: 2760 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... progress toward economic recovery has been largely due to the distribution of the vaccine and yet highly vaccinated Hawaii still finds a way to lag ....

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Friday, September 17, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 7.0%
By News Release @ 5:16 PM :: 1855 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Statewide, 601,800 were employed and 45,550 unemployed in August  ....

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Thursday, September 9, 2021
VIDEO: Biden Vaccine Mandate for Federal Employees, Contractors and Large Private Sector Employers
By Video @ 10:41 PM :: 2762 Views :: National News, Labor, COVID-19

... More than 80 million Americans working in the private sector will soon be federally mandated to either get vaccinated against Covid-19 or get tested weekly ....

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021
HSTA files class grievances over COVID school conditions, testing mandate
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 2441 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

"HIDOE has thus far refused to formally engage in the bargaining process, preferring only to sit informally over these issues...."

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021
State Announces End of All Federal Unemployment & Assistance Programs
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 2275 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... This affects individuals receiving Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC). ...

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Thursday, August 26, 2021
Secret Arbitration Revealed: How DPS Official Kept Crooked Cop On The Job After FBI Raid
By Selected News Articles @ 2:42 PM :: 10474 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Labor, Police

... top Corrections Official was Secret Arbitrator keeping mafia-connected HPD officers on the job ....

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Thursday, August 26, 2021
98.6% of State Employees Comply with COVID Mandate
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 2576 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... 87% fully vaccinated and close to 5% partially vaccinated ....

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Monday, August 23, 2021
Union Lawsuit Compares COVID Vaccine to Nazi Experiments
By Andrew Walden @ 12:18 AM :: 6103 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... Nazi experiments?  Flu is worse?  Livestock deworming pill is the cure?  Hydroxychloroquine?  All of these tired old anti-vaxxer chestnuts are front and center ....

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Thursday, August 19, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 7.3%
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 2421 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... in comparison with July 2020 nonfarm jobs have risen by 53,000, or 10.0 percent. However, in comparison with March 2020 (last month prior to pandemic effects), nonfarm jobs were down by 72,400, or -11.1 percent. ...

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