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Friday, May 24, 2024
UHPA: Legislators' Retaliation Games Endanger UH Outside Funding
By News Release @ 10:06 PM :: 167 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education, Labor

"These legislators continually criticize, find fault, and introduce legislation intent on diminishing the work carried out at UH."

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Friday, May 10, 2024
Who Needs Collective Bargaining? More Cash Payouts for Teachers
By News Release @ 3:00 PM :: 1217 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... About 500 teachers qualify for payments ranging from $2,500 to $8,000 in June ....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024
SB2919: Hotel Industry 'worked hand-in-hand with community partners and the government'
By News Release @ 5:44 AM :: 1242 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Labor, Tourism

“We thank Gov. Green, Hawai‘i legislators, and our partners at the Hawai‘i Hotel Alliance, UNITE HERE Local 5, and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 142 for their leadership in passing this important law."--AHLA Interim President & CEO Kevin Carey

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024
IBEW 1186 Employee Hit With $44K Embezzlement Charge
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 1194 Views :: Ethics, Labor

... after an investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Labor-Management Standards ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
PLA? State keeps piling on rules that increase Hawaii’s cost of living
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:20 PM :: 1263 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s $1.5 million PLA threshold is now the lowest in the nation ....

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Monday, April 15, 2024
Got your Top Three? Secret Staffing Agency Helps State Retirees get Contract Work
By News Release @ 5:21 AM :: 1621 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... and the State Ethics Commission says it's all good ....  

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Friday, March 29, 2024
Hawaii's Good Friday Holiday - What's Up With That?
By Robert Thomas @ 1:00 PM :: 36913 Views :: Hawaii History, Labor, Religion

If you ask how "a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary" squares with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, let us explain ....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024
HGEA Plants Convicted Felon on HLRB
By Selected News Articles @ 4:51 AM :: 1968 Views :: Ethics, Labor

... it "harms the legal system, the profession, and the public" while fostering "a perception of privilege and arrogance" ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2024
Green's PLA directive will make Government Contracting Even More Expensive
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:05 PM :: 1574 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii taxpayers are going to be paying more for state government projects under a directive issued in February by Gov. Josh Green ....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024
"A move by Senator Donna Mercado Kim to reshape the Board of Regents into her name, image, and likeness"
By News Release @ 6:53 PM :: 2227 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education, Labor

"This vote is about abuse of power."

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Your cost of living just went up
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:31 AM :: 1623 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Cost of Living

... a new “administrative directive” that requires all state construction projects worth more than $1.5 million to be performed under so-called project labor agreements ....

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Hawaiʻi educators urged to take part in presidential selection process
By News Release @ 12:50 PM :: 2025 Views :: Democratic Party, Education K-12, Labor, Republican Party

... Democrats hold primary March 6; GOP caucuses will be March 12 ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
SHOPO & Maui County Reach Agreement on COVID Hazard Pay
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 1309 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Police, COVID-19

... officers who worked in a patrol function through the pandemic will receive 20% Hazard Pay based on the actual number of hours worked during the pandemic. All other officers will receive 15% Hazard Pay. All officers will receive 15% Hazard Pay for actual overtime hours ....

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Friday, February 23, 2024
HGEA members win substantial hazard pay from the Hawaii Education Department
By News Release @ 6:10 PM :: 1114 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... 7,800 HGEA employees of the state’s public school system will receive 25% of their base salary for the duration of Gov. David Ige’s emergency proclamation from March 4, 2020, to March 25, 2022 ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
SB3381: Stop Lahaina Property Owners from Rebuilding
By Andrew Walden @ 9:07 PM :: 4557 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Labor

... will Lahaina literally be handed over to the HCDA and an appointed ‘Community Board’ comprised of Josh Green’s hand-picked Carpenters Union representatives? ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Rule Forcing Corrupt Project Labor Agreements Will Face Legal Challenges
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 1422 Views :: Maui County, Labor

... a construction contract that required a PLA would be more expensive ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
More cost, More delay: Green Signs 'PLA' for Lahaina Rebuild
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 1424 Views :: Maui County, Labor

"...the rebuilding of housing units in Lahaina alone will require at least 2,000 additional construction workers...."

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Executive Order: Hawaii is a 'Trauma-Informed' State
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 1557 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... first, Green's task force will seek out 'traumatized' State employees ....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
18 Years Later State Wins Dannenberg EUTF Suit
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 1387 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... contending that the EUTF had unconstitutionally diminished accrued retiree health benefits under Article XVI, Section 2 of the Hawai‘i Constitution ....

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Saturday, January 27, 2024
Audit Exposes Widespread Payroll Cheating at State Hospital
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 7:57 PM :: 1840 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor

"...staff’s intentional attempts to inflate their pay...."

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Thursday, December 28, 2023
Minimum wage jumps to $14 January 1st
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 942 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... the minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour beginning on Jan. 1, 2024. Act 114 incrementally increases the minimum wage to $16 per hour Jan. 1, 2026, and to $18 per hour Jan. 1, 2028 ....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023
Hawaii slowest to recover pandemic job losses
By Selected News Articles @ 2:08 AM :: 1365 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... Hawaii has recovered only 81% of lost jobs since COVID ....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Hawaii Teacher Certification Wins Praise from Heritage Foundation
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:07 AM :: 1405 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

"... Almost three-fourths (72 percent) of its teachers are alternatively certified ...."

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
The Two Gorillas Still Menace the Budget
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:14 AM :: 1764 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

 ... The names of the two gorillas are ERS and EUTF ....

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Confirmed: Union Lawyer Appointed to Supreme Court
By Andrew Walden @ 2:44 PM :: 1514 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Labor

... Devens’ legal experiences go beyond corporate practice, having represented several labor unions, including the State of Hawaiʻi Organization of Police Officers, the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association, and more ....

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Saturday, November 18, 2023
VIDEO: Bissen open to Seizing Condotels Which Compete with Full-Service ILWU-Controlled Hotels
By News Release @ 12:27 AM :: 2625 Views :: Maui County, Development, Labor, Land Use

... 'Minatoya List' short-term rentals are condotels competing with the ILWU controlled hotels.  That is why they are being targeted ....

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Friday, November 17, 2023
Telling Evening News Anchors What to Say: Carpenters Union Wages War Against Affordable Modular Housing on Kauai
By News Release @ 4:59 AM :: 5315 Views :: Kauai County, Development, Labor, Cost of Living

... Were you fooled when the Carpenters Union pretended to end its opposition to panelized construction after the Lahaina Fires?  Sucker ....

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Maui Unemployment Jumps to 8.4% After Fires
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 1665 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Maui’s unemployment rate surges for second straight month ....

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Saturday, September 30, 2023
Before the Disaster: Hawaii Unemployment 3.1%
By News Release @ 10:22 PM :: 1592 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Data are collected each month from sample establishments for the single pay period that includes the 12th of the month. ...

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Monday, September 18, 2023
​Hawaii 3rd Worst State for Teachers
By Selected News Articles @ 8:54 PM :: 1939 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

... 51st – Avg. Salary for Teachers (Adjusted for Cost of Living) ....

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Friday, September 8, 2023
Kunia Woman Arraigned on Scheme to Defraud Pandemic Unemployment Recipients
By News Release @ 5:55 AM :: 1916 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... Vakameilalo allegedly changed the bank account she previously had designated to receive the PUA unemployment benefit payments from the claimant’s bank account to her own ....

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Resolutions would ease hiring challenges, save city money
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:41 PM :: 1661 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor

... resolutions would assist the city administration in hiring for critical positions, delete unfilled and unnecessary positions and likely contribute to lower budgetary costs ....

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Monday, September 4, 2023
Lahaina: Those who Labor are Heavy Laden
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 1597 Views :: Maui County, Labor

... deploying with the Red Cross from Big Island to Maui to serve displaced residents ....

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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Another Big Pay Hike for DoE Employees
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 2080 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... increase pay for educational assistants and vice principals in Hawai‘i public schools ....

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Saturday, July 29, 2023
Green Appoints Thielen, Hannemann ... and Ex-Con Stacy Moniz
By News Release @ 2:17 PM :: 4252 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... The Moniz appointment is due in large part from a new law. Under a recent law, Act 260 Session Laws of Hawaii, the Governor must appoint the person nominated by the public employee unions. ....

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Friday, July 21, 2023
Former Union Officer Sentenced to 140 Months in Prison for Conspiracy, Wire Fraud, and Embezzlement
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 2405 Views :: Ethics, Labor

... 140 months for conspiracy, wire fraud, and embezzlement from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1260 and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $209,391.72 ....

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Thursday, July 20, 2023
​Hawaii's unemployment rate down slightly
By Selected News Articles @ 6:41 PM :: 2098 Views :: Economy, Labor

... but the number of jobs decreased ....

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Sunday, July 16, 2023
Auditor: Honolulu Human Resources Data Almost 100% Erroneous
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 2130 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Based on the high error rates, we concluded that DHR’s data was unreliable and insufficient to conduct further analysis .... 

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Saturday, July 8, 2023
HSTA Flies 98 to Florida Rally for Transsexual Agenda
By News Release @ 1:34 PM :: 2107 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Labor

... transsexual recruitment must not be opposed ....

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Friday, July 7, 2023
July 7, 1935: Moscow orders first Communists to Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 5:35 AM :: 47974 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii History, Labor

...When the USSR collapsed in 1991, long-secret archives of the Communist International were thrown open to western researchers for the first time.  Many previously unknown details of communist history have been revealed--including the 1935 Comintern orders directing Communists to begin work in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Green hopes housing will alleviate teacher shortage
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 AM :: 1605 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Cost of Living

... Senate Bill 941 allows the School Facilities Authority to join with public and private agencies in developing off or on-campus housing for teachers and other staff ....

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Monday, July 3, 2023
OHA Ends 'Work-from-Home' for Employees
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:00 PM :: 1923 Views :: Labor, OHA, COVID-19

... concerns raised by OHA’s administration in response to the directive to end telework ....

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Saturday, July 1, 2023
Long COVID and Unemployment in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 8:50 PM :: 1747 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

...Roughly 10-30% of people who get COVID, suffer persistent symptoms colloquially known as “long COVID”....

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Friday, June 16, 2023
Hawaii May Unemployment 3.1%
By News Release @ 2:34 PM :: 2106 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... in comparison with March 2020 (the last month prior to pandemic effects), nonfarm jobs were down by 24,200, or -3.7 percent ....

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Thursday, June 15, 2023
Hawaii Worker Productivity Drops Sharply
By Selected News Articles @ 4:15 PM :: 2201 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Energy-producing and tourism-dependent states took the biggest hits in productivity: Hawaii was down 5.3% to $75.39 ....

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Wednesday, June 14, 2023
June 14, 1900: The Abolition of Slavery in Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 59250 Views :: Hawaii History, Labor

Hawaii was the last place in the US to abolish indentured servitude....

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Sunday, June 11, 2023
Fevella’s Film Feud
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2392 Views :: Ethics, Labor

... Apparently Fevella filed a personnel complaint against the head of the Hawaii Film Office, Donne Dawson, to emphasize this point ....

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Friday, June 2, 2023
Hawaii Job Satisfaction 3rd Lowest in USA
By News Release @ 3:39 AM :: 2037 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

... Three Lowest States: Arkansas (2.1), Mississippi (2.3), Hawaii (2.5) ....

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Thursday, June 1, 2023
Grassroot Institute urges special session to block huge unemployment tax increase
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:48 PM :: 1958 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

... If no action is taken, Hawaii businesses will pay about $355 million for 2023, up 46% over last year ....

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Friday, May 12, 2023
Overtime Violation: Feds Bust Kauai Cleaning Company Again
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 2125 Views :: Kauai County, Labor

... In a 2014 investigation, the division discovered the employer failed to pay overtime when required and recovered $33,612 ....

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