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Wednesday, August 18, 2021
DLIR Delays Reopening Unemployment Offices (again)
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 2062 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... DLIR today announced it will not open statewide offices as planned on September 7, 2021 due to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases ....

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Video: First Responders Oppose Vaccine Mandate
By Video @ 11:42 PM :: 2352 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... A class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court on Friday for City and County workers who believe they are being forced to take the COVID- 19 vaccine ....

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Unions Ask Gov. Ige to Intervene in C&C of Honolulu's Vaccine Mandate
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 2632 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, COVID-19

... The City & County of Honolulu is the only Hawaii government employer that is not providing all unvaccinated employees the “alternative” of regular COVID-19 testing ....

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Monday, August 16, 2021
Public Employee Unions Join Anti-Vaxxers
By News Release @ 2:38 AM :: 2419 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... they believe their sacred union contracts supersede all other laws including health emergency laws ....

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Monday, August 16, 2021
NEA announces support for educator vaccine and testing requirement
By News Release @ 2:25 AM :: 2500 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... HSTA parent union supports Ige's mandatory vaccination-or-testing program .... 

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Monday, August 16, 2021
How Unemployment Insurance Fraud Exploded During the Pandemic
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 AM :: 3910 Views :: Ethics, Labor, COVID-19

... what may turn out to be the biggest fraud wave in U.S. history ....

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Saturday, August 14, 2021
HIDOE to implement weekly COVID-19 testing requirement
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 2577 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... Employees who certify and provide proof of full vaccination will not be subject to testing requirement ....

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Saturday, August 14, 2021
DLIR to Accept Telephone Appointments for Complex Unemployment Claims
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 1987 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... Claimants May Request Slots to Speak with an Investigator ....

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Thursday, August 12, 2021
Full Text: Proposed UH Policy Regarding COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination and Testing
By News Release @ 3:44 AM :: 2442 Views :: Higher Education, Labor, COVID-19

... scheduled to take effect on August 23, 2021, the first day of the 2021 fall semester ....

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Friday, August 6, 2021
Ige Mandates Vax or Testing for Public Employees--Unions Resist
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 2878 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Beginning Aug. 16, 2021, all State and county employees must provide their vaccination status to their department ....

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
UHPA Political Action Fund Objection
By News Release @ 12:48 AM :: 2710 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education, Labor

... Our policy allows Active members of UHPA to object to the $5.00 per month allocation to the Political Action Fund ....

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Monday, August 2, 2021
'Keep Your Kids at Home' -- HSTA Plans Chaos for Opening Day
By Video @ 11:20 PM :: 2680 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

"... parents still have the option to keep their children at home until they feel it is safe ...."

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Thursday, July 22, 2021
DoE Announces In-Person and Distance Learning Programs for 2021-22
By News Release @ 4:40 AM :: 2729 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... How can the HSTA manipulate this program to shut down schools? ....

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
Miske News: Union Boss Gets Greedy -- Almost Pays Price in Blood
By Andrew Walden @ 7:44 PM :: 7451 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, Drugs

... Akau said the problem involved hiring for jobs on the docks, and that removing Victim 12 “would help the flow of jobs onto the docks.”…

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Friday, July 16, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.7%
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 2953 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii no longer has the nation’s highest unemployment rate ....

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021
HSTA Continues to Push So-Called 'Distance Learning' for fall term
By News Release @ 10:09 PM :: 3301 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... For every teacher the state dedicates to distance learning when students return to class in August, it would need to pull a teacher out of the classroom, state Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said Tuesday ....

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Thursday, July 8, 2021
HB613: HGEA Cheers Veto of Teachers' Bonus
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 2738 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"...Any changes to your salary and conditions of employment must be negotiated and it was wrong for the Legislature to interfere with the bargaining process...."

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Thursday, July 8, 2021
COVID 'Hazard Pay': HGEA Scores 25% Pay Hike
By News Release @ 9:59 PM :: 3958 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, COVID-19

... to each individual HGEA bargaining unit member employed by the City who feels they have worked under hazardous conditions relating to COVID-19 exposure ....

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Senators Override Five Ige Vetoes--More to Come
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 3011 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Tourism

... The Senate will reconvene on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 3:00pm to reconsider a potential veto override of HB53 and vote on proposed floor amendments to meet the Governor’s objections in his veto message for HB54, HB1299 and SB589 ....

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Friday, July 2, 2021
UHPA Cheers Ige 'Intent to Veto'
By News Release @ 8:19 PM :: 2418 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

... The two bills are SB589 SD2 HD2 CD1 – Relating to the University of Hawaii and HB1296 HD1 SD2 CD1 – Relating to State Funds ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
Unemployment: Hawaii Worst Recovery from COVID
By Selected News Articles @ 9:49 PM :: 2672 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Least ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Unemployment 8.1% for May--Down 0.4%
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 2681 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Statewide 595,300 were employed and 52,150 unemployed in May ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
53,000 Unemployed in Hawaiʻi, But State Chamber Dealing with Employee Shortages
By News Release @ 3:55 PM :: 2949 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... in April 2021 the state of Hawaiʻi had 53,000 people unemployed and 27,415 job openings ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Free Money from the Sky: Another $100 for MEUCs
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 2820 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced it will start processing MEUC applications beginning on June 17, 2021 ....

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Thursday, June 10, 2021
HSTA Members Ratify 2-Year Contract
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 2213 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... the short two-year duration will allow HSTA to begin this process once more in a little over a year’s time with the next permanent superintendent ....

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021
HGEA Membership Approves Contract
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 4945 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...  HGEA requires voter ID to cast ballot.  UPW has some fun Q&A about ballot handling issues ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
More Free Money for HSTA: BoE Approves Shortage Differentials for 2021-22
By News Release @ 11:34 PM :: 4857 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... Shortage differentials for classroom teachers in special education, hard-to-staff locations, and Hawaiian language immersion programs will continue through school year 2021–22 ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
HSTA reaches tentative contract agreement
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 2320 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... ratification vote ends June 9, 2021 ....

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Sunday, May 23, 2021
Teacher Payments and the “Me Too” Syndrome
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2676 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... House Bill 613, another bill that has undergone radical metamorphosis while in our Legislature. ...

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
HSTA Recruiting Teachers for New Scam to Eliminate Standardized Testing
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 2366 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... “This is a great opportunity for teachers to help move Hawaii from standardized assessments to project-based learning,” said Corey Rosenlee ....

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
HSTA Game Plan: After Ige Vetoes HB613, BoE Will Approve $2,200 Cash Bonanza
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 5422 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... Shortage differentials maintain strong BOE support HIDOE is using the differentials to recruit, retain teachers ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
Job Search Requirement Reinstated for Unemployed
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 2771 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... Hawai‘i residents currently receiving unemployment insurance benefits will again be required to prove they are searching for work starting May 30 ....

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
EEOC Collects Over $4.8 Million on Judgment in Labor Trafficking Case Against Maui Pineapple
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 2908 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Labor

... $4.8 million has been recovered to satisfy a judgment in a national origin and race discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC against Maui Pineapple ....

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Monday, May 17, 2021
Results of 2021 HGEA State Board Election
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 1781 Views :: Labor

... results of the 2021-2023 HGEA President and Board of Directors Election ....

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Saturday, May 15, 2021
Full Text: HGEA Letter to Ige Urging Veto of $29M HSTA Bonus
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 4660 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education, Labor

"...the Legislature disregarded collective bargaining and granted this generous cash bonus to one group of employees while making significant departmental cuts elsewhere, like in higher education, which will likely lead to layoffs...."

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Monday, May 10, 2021
Hirono: Lets Use COVID Aid to Blackmail United Airlines
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 5271 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

"... require any new PSP agreement with United Airlines or any applicant require the airline to refrain from outsourcing jobs ...."

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
Surprise! Another Cash Giveaway to HSTA Members -- $2,200 This Time
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 4267 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... The payments aim for “workforce stabilization to retain teachers” and will be made to full- and half-time teachers. (Translation: Incumbent stabilization to retain HSTA endorsement for 2022.) ....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
How Bad? Labor Underutilization in Hawaii During the Pandemic
By UHERO @ 4:55 AM :: 2496 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii led the nation with the highest percentage of its civilian labor force unemployed for 15 weeks or longer 5.3% ....

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Sunday, April 25, 2021
Union Contract Talks: HGEA, UPW, UHPA Ratify and Reject--HSTA Still Holding Out
By News Release @ 12:54 AM :: 4321 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... HGEA BU13 and UPW BU10 rejected contract proposals ....

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
HSTA Outlines Plan to Promote Identity Politics in K-12
By News Release @ 6:40 PM :: 2772 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

" ... Free virtual event aims to shift views .... "

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
HGEA Demands Negotiations over Telework
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 2526 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

"...to provide workplace flexibility for employees who are having to balance work and family responsibilities...."

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Friday, April 16, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 9.0%
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 2753 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... compared to 9.2 percent in February ....

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021
UNITE HERE Bosses Back Down after Federal Charge Challenging Illegal Dues Seizures 
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 3006 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

... NLRA mandates that union officials cannot force private sector workers who decline formal union membership to pay union fees as a condition of keeping a job ....

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Hawaii Nurses Pay #2 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 AM :: 3472 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

... the 11,260 Hawaii RNs annual mean salary is $104,830 ....

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Thursday, April 1, 2021
DLIR Update: $5.2B in Pandemic Benefits Paid
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 2840 Views :: Ethics, Labor, COVID-19

... DLIR hired a vendor to perform investigations focusing on overpayments. Solid State Operations, Inc. will begin with 25 investigators on April 6 ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 9.2% for February
By News Release @ 1:40 AM :: 3153 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

... the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 9.2 percent compared to the revised rate of 10.3 percent in January ....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
COVID Case: DLIR Shuts Unemployment Call Center for Long Weekend
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 2282 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... One staffer in a ballroom that serves general inquiries tested positive yesterday, and in response the department has shut down operations in that ballroom ....

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Sheriff's New First Deputy 'Owes HGEA Everything'
By News Release @ 9:41 PM :: 3156 Views :: Labor, Police

... The First Deputy is second in command of the Sheriff Division ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Hawaii is the State Where People Worry They'll Lose Their Income
By Selected News Articles @ 10:10 PM :: 2728 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... Hawaii: 31.5% “expect someone in their household to have a loss in employment income in the next 4 weeks” ....

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
Hawaii: Highest Paid Waiters in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 7:21 PM :: 3121 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii Waiters/Waitresses: average annual wage: $55,200; employment: 19,500 ....

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