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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Requirement calling for triple pay on state holidays removed from Senate Bill
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 4518 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...please join your legislators for an informal reception at the Capitol hosted by NFIB on Friday, March 13 at 4 p.m....

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
In Hawaii, The State of Liabilities, The Cost of Rail is Just the Beginning
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:20 PM :: 5908 Views :: Labor, Rail, Taxes

Liabilities everywhere: The rail project, the failing state hospital system, overdue maintenance on state buildings and campuses, underfunded public worker pensions and health insurance, and so much more....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
HB558: Curbing Overtime Abuse
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:26 PM :: 4680 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

The state paid nearly $60 million in overtime pay last year....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Lockout: Management Shuts West Coast Ports Four More Days
By News Release @ 8:54 PM :: 5259 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...ILWU: "There could be a delay on arrivals of vessels and that's the concern that we should have here in Hawaii"....

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
PMA: Unwavering ILWU Demand Threatens to Sink Contract Talks; “Slowdowns as a Way of Life”
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 5068 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

“The ILWU is essentially seeking the right to fire judges who rule against them.”

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Friday, February 6, 2015
Management: West Coast Port Lockout Begins Saturday
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 5377 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced today that weekend vessel loading and unloading operations will be temporarily suspended this weekend....

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Friday, February 6, 2015
Ige Appoints Carpenters Union Political Director to DLIR
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 4884 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Ige is nominating Leonard Hoshijo to be the Deputy Director in the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations....

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015
PMA: We'll Pay ILWU's Obamacare Tax--Take it or be Locked Out
By Michael Hansen @ 11:32 PM :: 6221 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

"...No one can predict when that will happen — five days, seven days, two weeks — but the ports will soon grind to a halt...."

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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Wes Lo's Smoking Gun: Improvement of Medical Services on Maui Started With Fight for Second Hospital
By Andrew Walden @ 7:34 PM :: 7480 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

If the Legislature fails to grant MMMC permission to negotiate a partnership agreement with HPH and MMMC goes bankrupt, this interview will be the smoking gun....

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Hawaii Ranks 50th in Payroll from Sole Proprietors, S-Corps, LLCs
By Selected News Articles @ 3:24 PM :: 5795 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

Pass-through businesses pay a significant role in the US economy. They account for 95 percent of all businesses, more than 60 percent of all business income, and more than 50 percent of all employment....

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Thanks to Obamacare, ILWU Contract Maybe Short-Lived
By Selected News Articles @ 10:16 PM :: 5058 Views :: Health Care, Labor

...if the new contract extends longer than three years, that will be a surprise to many....

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Rail Fail: Hawaii Ranks 49th--Lost 4.5% of Construction Jobs in Last 12 mos
By Andrew Walden @ 3:06 PM :: 6515 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

Making excuses for price-gouging rail contractors, HART Director Daniel Grabauskas points to the “red-hot construction market” as the cause for HART cost overruns....

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Friday, January 23, 2015
Hawaii Union Membership Slips to 21.8% -- 3rd in USA
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 5160 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Hawaii union membership slips from 22.1% in 2013 to 21.8% in 2014 ....

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Thursday, January 22, 2015
Hawaii is Dead Last in Employment by Sole Proprietors, S-Corps, LLCs
By Selected News Articles @ 4:56 PM :: 5371 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

Delaware (49.5 percent) and Hawaii (48 percent) are the only states with pass-through employment less than 50% share of total private sector employment....

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Hawaii Shippers Council Discusses Port Slowdown, Jones Act Reform on Guam Radio
By Michael Hansen @ 10:41 PM :: 5105 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

Mike Hansen, President of the Hawaii Shippers Council (HSC) interviewed by K57 Guam’s leading talk radio host Ray Gibson....

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Management: No Takeaways in Proposed Contract, but ILWU Rejects
By News Release @ 3:50 AM :: 4660 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...To date, the ILWU and PMA have reached tentative agreements on health care and increases to pay guarantees....

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Saturday, January 10, 2015
HGEA Boss: Borreca is an Anti-Union Parrot
By Andrew Walden @ 6:53 PM :: 5439 Views :: Health Care, Labor

All of the problems sister isle medical patients face trace back to Randy Perreira's need to keep his pathetic little union presidency job....

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Friday, January 9, 2015
Last Chance? Maui Memorial Proposes Partnership with Straub, Pali Momi--HGEA Rejects
By Andrew Walden @ 11:36 PM :: 7549 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Setting the stage as the executives walked in, the Hawaiian flag flew upside down outside HHSC's Leahi Hospital....

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015
ILWU Agrees to Federal Mediation of West Coast Port Dispute
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 4740 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

“In response to a joint request for assistance from the parties, collective bargaining...will continue as soon as possible under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service...."

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Monday, January 5, 2015
Hawaii Election 2014: Public Sector Unions Defeat Private Sector Unions
By Selected News Articles @ 12:09 PM :: 6034 Views :: Labor, Rail, Republican Party

The goals of public and private unions are diverging....

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Saturday, January 3, 2015
West Coast Port Slowdowns Worsen: ILWU, PMA Blame Each Other
By News Release @ 1:14 AM :: 5416 Views :: Jones Act, Labor
“The congestion in the terminals is near a breaking point."
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Thursday, January 1, 2015
SHOPO Sues City to Block Release of Police Disciplinary Records
By Andrew Walden @ 10:04 AM :: 5765 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Law Enforcement
Defendant City further informed Plaintiff SHOPO, "please be aware if Civil Beat threatens further legal action, the decision may be to tum over an unredacted copy."
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Monday, December 22, 2014
PMA Requests Federal Mediation in West Coast Longshore Negotiations
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 5063 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

ILWU slowdown tactics have reduced productivity at Pacific Northwest ports for more than a month and a half....

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
ILWU Port Slowdowns Behind Japanese Potato Crisis?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:37 AM :: 5618 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

The problem has also affected other restaurant chains, as a dockworker dispute on the West Coast of the United States has reverberated across the Pacific Ocean....

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Monday, December 15, 2014
Unemployment Insurance Rates Drop 22%
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 5415 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

...resulting in employers paying $50 million less in taxes, or $100 less per employee on average for 2015....

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Friday, December 5, 2014
DoE Leaders Embrace Education Reform Proposals
By News Release @ 12:31 AM :: 4894 Views :: Education K-12, Labor
“Race to the Top was very prescriptive. It was tremendously important change, but now we have to ask ourselves, ‘How can we change more collaboratively?’”
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Friday, December 5, 2014
182 Days: BOE Adopts Teacher-Proposed School Calendar for School Year 2015-2016
By News Release @ 12:14 AM :: 4815 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The BOE was set to approve a calendar submitted by the DOE until teachers presented their proposals....

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Averting West Coast Port Shutdowns
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 AM :: 4975 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

West Coast ports are suffering a series of slowdowns....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
Audit: 67% of 'Exempt' State Positions Vacant
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 5888 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

DHRD’s jurisdiction consisted of 21,783 positions, of which 15,069 were civil service and 6,714 exempt....

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Hawaii Unfunded Liabilities Could Become a "Broken Promise"
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:39 PM :: 5316 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...the state may one day be forced to break the promise it made to its employees regarding their pensions and benefits....

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
State Retirement Funds Play Tricks on Retirees, Taxpayers
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 PM :: 4689 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Hawaii has employed gimmicks to give the appearance of fiscal improvements in their entitlement programs....

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Saturday, November 15, 2014
Manoa Graduate Students Spur Campus-Wide Protest
By News Release @ 2:17 AM :: 5395 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

Graduate students have planned a sit-in at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Campus Center to protest sudden and drastic budget cuts....

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Teachers Unions Oppose Teacher Accountability Standards in Common Core
By NCPA @ 5:21 PM :: 4917 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Proposed reforms to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) threaten teacher accountability....

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Friday, November 7, 2014
Transition: Ige Chooses McCartney, Hiraoka
By Selected News Articles @ 6:18 PM :: 7336 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

McCartney is a former executive director of the Hawaii State Teachers Association....

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
VIDEO: Ige Voted to Approve Furlough Fridays
By Video @ 8:48 PM :: 8598 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii History, Labor, Politicians

...Furlough Fridays, as they ACTUALLY happened, including David Ige's role....

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
What Will It Take to Grow GDP? (Part 3)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5187 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii fell eight rungs from last year, tying the great state of New Jersey for the honor of being the least improved state....

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Friday, October 24, 2014
How to Increase the Value of a Dollar? Move.
By NCPA @ 3:16 PM :: 6259 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

Hawaii salaries are 16th highest in USA.  When adjusted for cost of living, Hawaii salaries drop to 50th....

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Free Markets and Jones Act Reform at Union Meeting?
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:57 PM :: 4674 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...allow the purchase of less expensive but more efficient foreign-built ferries....

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Hawaii Work Force Participation Down 7%
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:30 PM :: 4349 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

A study of labor force participation in all 50 states ranks Hawaii at 42 in the nation....

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Friday, October 3, 2014
UPW Collects Forced Dues from 1,122 Non-Members
By Selected News Articles @ 5:28 AM :: 5152 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Public-sector unions can impose agency fees in 23 states....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
For Second Day In A Row, Ige Under Fire For State Hospital Mismanagement
By News Release @ 5:31 PM :: 5916 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Politicians

"Shamefully, legislators have known about this impending implosion for years, at least since late 2009...."

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Monday, September 29, 2014
Hawaii is the 5th Worst State for Teachers
By News Release @ 1:00 PM :: 5822 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 18 key metrics....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
HSTA Launches Campaign Against Preschool Voucher program
By News Release @ 6:25 PM :: 4902 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...Starting today, the Hawaii State Teachers Association is launching a statewide informational campaign....

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Friday, September 19, 2014
Abercrombie Releases $335,600 to New Nonprofit Formed by Leader of Carpenter's Union
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 5412 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor
Question: Which one of these things is not like the others?
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
Hawaii Campaign Commission goes along with cover-up
By Selected News Articles @ 5:38 AM :: 4080 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...the Hawai'i Campaign Commission has given the Hawaii Carpenters Market Recovery Program Fund a pass on disclosing where its contributions come from....

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Friday, September 12, 2014
DLIR Retakes Occupational Safety Job from OSHA
By News Release @ 12:50 AM :: 5081 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...OSHA and HIOSH have shared regulatory responsibility for Hawaii per an Operational Status Agreement that went into effect in September 2012....

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Monday, September 8, 2014
Islamic Gulen Cult Pours Money into Takai Campaign
By Andrew Walden @ 12:16 AM :: 11502 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Military, Politicians

Cult members laboring for the Imam under "Tuzuk contracts" are obligated to kick back all of their salaries beyond a bare minimum needed to survive....

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Teachers in Honolulu Lowest Adjusted Salary in USA
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 5827 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The median adjusted salaries in the 60 metro areas range from $32,312 in Honolulu, Hawaii to $73,078 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin....

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
UHPA Approves Abercrombie $32M Gift Contract with 99% 'Yes' Vote
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 4965 Views :: Higher Education, Labor
(Flashback June 27, 2014: Abercrombie Rewards UHPA's Campaign Support with $32M -- 'Unprecedented' Early Contract)
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
HGEA, Legislature Force More State Employees into Union
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 3821 Views :: Labor

Since 2003, efforts have been made to facilitate the conversion of exempt positions to civil service in the Executive Branch of state government....

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