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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Hawaii Painters Business Agent Pleads Guilty in $1.5M Theft
By Selected News Articles @ 1:38 AM :: 4935 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Small Business

...he diverted client money to his own personal use over a 17-year period....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Jalousie Work: After 10 Years Union Lawsuit Ends
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 4598 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Small Business

The dispute began when the painters and glazers’ union complained to the State Contractors License Board that the contractors hired to renovate Lanakila Elementary School in 2005 were installing jalousie windows....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Full Text: IBEW International Details Charges Against Ahakuelo
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 4580 Views :: Ethics, Labor

The Business Manager and other members of the staff, including several family members of the Business Manager, submitted and/or were reimbursed for numerous expenses that were not authorized by Local 1260 and/or were for personal expenses for which no legitimate union business was conducted....

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
After more than a decade of West Coast disruptions, shippers are wising up
By Michael Hansen @ 2:34 PM :: 3404 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

After a decade of ILWU disruption, shippers are routing more cargo through U.S. Gulf and East Coast ports....

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Thursday, May 5, 2016
Judge Awards EEOC $7.6M in Case Against Farm Labor Contractor Global Horizons
By News Release @ 7:28 PM :: 3555 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

"...most likely symbolic, as it is apt to be uncollectable...."

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Friday, April 15, 2016
Ige Appoints Task Force on ‘Every Student Succeeds Act’
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 4070 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Ige has appointed Darrel Galera as chairman of the Governor’s ESSA team....

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Thursday, April 14, 2016
States Employ Temporary Workers, But Often Know Little About Them
By Selected News Articles @ 6:32 PM :: 3449 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

The investigative division at the Hawaii Attorney General’s Office relies heavily on retired law enforcement officers hired as temps....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Don’t Let the Opt-Out of Common Core Testing Movement Fool You
By NCPA @ 3:19 PM :: 3965 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...teacher unions are flat out against this because they do not want their members held accountable....

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Friday, April 8, 2016
9th Circuit Judges Consider Blocking Maui Hospital Privatization
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 AM :: 4952 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

A federal judge refused the unions' request for an emergency stay in February, leading to Wednesday showdown in the Ninth Circuit....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Judges Lobby to Pause Hospital Privatization
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 3297 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit lobbied hard Wednesday for Hawaii to pause its plan to privatize money-pit hospitals on Maui and Lanai....

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Friday, April 1, 2016
For California Teacher Taking on Unions, Supreme Court Ruling Isn’t the End of Her Case
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:24 PM :: 3763 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

After Friedrichs’ legal team files the petition for rehearing, they expect the court to hold the petition until a new justice is confirmed....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Stevedores Shutdown Matson Oakland Terminal
By Michael Hansen @ 5:25 PM :: 4289 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...a dispute about starting times....

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Sunday, March 27, 2016
HB1739: Boss Can Demand Your Social Media Passwords
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 AM :: 5185 Views :: First Amendment, Labor, Small Business

...the bill provides a pretext for employers to demand employee passwords in the case of a suspected data breach....

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Friday, March 11, 2016
The Best—and Worst—States for Workers with Disabilities
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 3944 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

... In Hawaii 42.4% of people ages 18-64 with disabilities are employed, 8th highest in USA ....

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Guards Union: Airport Security Contractor Illegally Holding Money Which Belongs to Workers
By News Release @ 1:04 PM :: 4268 Views :: Ethics, Labor

Securitas negotiated a new Airport Contract with the Hawaii Department of Transportation, Airport Division and included the wage increases as requested by IUSPO....

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Monday, February 22, 2016
Grassroot Salutes Court Decision Protecting Maui Hospital Plan
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:44 PM :: 4038 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...Watchdog group expresses hope that there will be no more roadblocks to better patient care....

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
Full Text Court Order: UPW May Not Block Maui Hospital Privatization
By Selected News Articles @ 2:58 AM :: 3961 Views :: Health Care, Labor

A federal judge rejected United Public Workers' emergency request to stay a law that privatizes three Hawaii hospitals and strips some 500 workers of civil-service protections....

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
ADP Anyone? State RFP Seeks Proposals to Modernize Payroll, Attendance Systems
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 3076 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...serving more than 75,000 full- and part-time employees statewide....

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Friday, February 12, 2016
HGEA to Protest Against Hawaii Republican Party
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 3876 Views :: Labor, Republican Party

The state's largest government employees union has just announced plans to protest at a Hawaii Republican party event Tuesday, February 16 at the Ko'olau Ballrooms....

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Friday, February 12, 2016
Federal Court: Unions Can't Stop Maui Hospital Privatization
By Selected News Articles @ 2:30 PM :: 3723 Views :: Health Care, Labor

U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor refused to block the privatization after discussion on Feb. 9....

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
HB1886: Oshiro v Friedrichs to Save HGEA from Open Shop?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:01 PM :: 4117 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...require the state to disburse funds to an exclusive bargaining representative pursuant to a contract between a union and the state's department of budget and finance....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Hawaii Union Membership Slips to 20.4%
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 3527 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

22.1 -- 21.8 -- 20.4% ...

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
2015: Hawaii Adds Most Construction Jobs Per Capita
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 3321 Views :: Labor, Rail
Hawaii added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year (15.5 percent, 4,800 jobs)....
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Friday, January 22, 2016
Fatal work injuries -- 31 in Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:04 PM :: 3312 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Of the 31 fatal work injuries reported in Hawaii in 2014, 14 resulted from transportation incidents and 7 from falls, slips, or trips....

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Full Text: Ige Signs Agreement Privatizing Maui Hospitals
By News Release @ 8:36 PM :: 4704 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...transferring the operation and management of the HHSC Maui Region health care facilities from the state to Kaiser Permanente....

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Monday, January 11, 2016
From Inside the Supreme Court, the Key Exchanges on a Case Pitting Unions vs. First Amendment
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:45 PM :: 4363 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

This morning, the Supreme Court heard a challenge to the requirement in California that government employees, such as public school teachers, pay fees to the local union even if they choose not to join the union....

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Saturday, January 9, 2016
Plantation Era: They Came With Hope
By Joni Kamiya @ 3:55 PM :: 5055 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii History, Labor

I don’t know whether or not I want to cry or scream today....

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Friedrichs v CTA: Will Supreme Court End Mandatory Union Membership for Government Employees Nationwide?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:48 PM :: 3655 Views :: Labor

The nine teachers who are suing their union in Friedrichs v. CTA are doing so because they believe that many union stances taken in collective bargaining are bad for public schoolteachers and bad for the children they teach....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Jones Act Unions file protest over crewing of APL Guam
By Michael Hansen @ 4:16 AM :: 5208 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 :: 4244 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 :: 4332 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 :: 4333 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 :: 4729 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 :: 5269 Views :: Kauai County, Labor, Drugs

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

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Friday, November 6, 2015
On Keystone: The President Has Thrown Working People Under the Bus of His Legacy
By News Release @ 7:50 PM :: 3852 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 :: 4251 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 :: 3542 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 :: 3426 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 :: 4676 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 :: 4358 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 :: 2715 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 :: 3502 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 :: 4168 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 :: 3646 Views :: Kauai County, Labor

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

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Friday, October 9, 2015
Public Sector Unions: Bastions of white-collar Privilege
By NCPA @ 4:07 PM :: 2936 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 8, 2015
Obamacare: 30% of Large Employer Plans Hit by Cadillac Tax
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 3230 Views :: Health Care, Labor

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

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Sunday, October 4, 2015
These Democrats Who Voted For Obamacare Are Now Desperate To Change It
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 AM :: 4301 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 :: 3892 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 :: 3977 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 :: 7545 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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