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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Airports Division Target of Federal Sex Harassment Lawsuit
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 4698 Views :: Ethics, Labor

When Valmoja objected to the continued harassment and retaliation by other HDOT-Airports employees, including managers, her employment was terminated....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Hyatt Waikiki Employees Hit Union with Federal Labor Charges
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 4398 Views :: Labor

...UNITE HERE Local 5 union officials have an ugly history of violating the rights of the workers they claim to represent....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
CATO: Minimum Wage Increase Not the Answer in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:52 PM :: 6363 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

Despite claims to the contrary, relatively few Hawaiians would benefit from the increase....

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Evaluations? DoE Claims Principals' Arbitration Award "Aligns with DoE Goals"
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 4895 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Establishes a rewards and recognition program (RRP) for the last two years (sort of)....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Hawaii basil farm ‘deplorable,’ ‘unsafe,’ judgment says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:30 PM :: 5704 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

The federal government, citing “deplorable” and “unsafe” conditions, has fined Hawaii’s top exporter of basil nearly a half-million dollars....

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Obamacare Punches $150M Hole in ILWU Contract
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 7235 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...Negotiators this year could be asked to aim for a three-year contract that does not address health care in the hope that Congress would take action before 2018 to remove the Cadillac tax....

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Two Ways to Hurt Women in the Workplace
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:19 AM :: 4372 Views :: Family, Labor

Today is “Equal Pay Day” for those who believe that The Man is keeping women down....

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Monday, April 7, 2014
Why Infrastructure Projects Cost Way More Than They Should
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 11:21 PM :: 7239 Views :: National News, Development, Labor, Rail

The Atlantic Cities magazine published a condensed analysis of seven main reasons that explain why U.S infrastructure project cost more than elsewhere....

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Monday, April 7, 2014
Survey: 4,280 Hawaii Teachers Reveal Attitude towards Evaluation System
By News Release @ 10:45 PM :: 4431 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"...the EES is a work in progress, and teachers feel that more needs to be done so that the EES can help improve the practice of teaching...." -- Wil Okabe, HSTA

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Sunday, April 6, 2014
HSTA Candidate Questionnaire Challenges Teacher Evaluations
By Andrew Walden @ 6:57 PM :: 4694 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"Let's hope the legislative carping isn't a sign that teachers are trying to worm out of evaluations they agreed to in order to get pay raises, just as they once before reneged on drug tests...."

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Sunday, April 6, 2014
Occupy, Union Activists Organizing Homeless Tent Cities in Honolulu?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:35 AM :: 13118 Views :: Homelessness, Labor, OHA, Small Business, Tourism

In Honolulu, unofficial tent cities are now set up in strategic locations designed to pressure the tourism industry, the Chinatown community, the Korean community, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the Honolulu Council debate over Housing First....

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Friday, April 4, 2014
HGEA to Do UPW’s Job While UPW Watches
By News Release @ 1:02 AM :: 3341 Views :: Labor

...working together to patch and repair uneven sidewalks near the State Capitol on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 8 to 11 a.m....

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Unions Getting Creative in Election-Year Struggle
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:59 AM :: 3244 Views :: Labor

That might explain why they’re grasping for new members in stunts like unionizing college athletes....

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Sunday, March 30, 2014
But Shouldn’t We Do Something About the Two Gorillas in the Bar?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4957 Views :: Labor, Taxes

At June 30, 2013, ERS had an “unfunded actuarial accrued liability” of about $8.4 billion. For EUTF, the number was about $18.2 billion....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Judge rules Thai workers were exploited, physically abused on Hawaii farms
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:09 AM :: 5968 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

The federal civil case against Global Horizons has dragged on for years....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Hawaii to run out of cash reserves in 2016
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:51 AM :: 8006 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Constitutionally, the state can only engage in annual deficit spending as long as there are enough cash reserves to absorb these deficits....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Guilty: Physical abuse, exploitation, and barbaric security measures at Maui Pineapple
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 9038 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County, Ethics, Agriculture, Labor

Kobayashi cited examples of physical abuse, exploitation, and barbaric security measures at Maui Pineapple Company's historic pineapple plantations and old worker dormitories where the Thai workers were forced to live and other abuses throughout Hawaii.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Brookings: Great Recession Pushes Hawaii Long Term Unemployed to Margin of Labor Market
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 4674 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The long-term unemployed have problems finding work wherever they are, even in states with the lowest unemployment – Hawaii....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Grassroot: Minimum Wage Hike Will Not Lift Working Families out of Poverty
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:07 PM :: 4607 Views :: Labor, Small Business

SB 2609 would provide for a gradual increase in the minimum wage with a provision for an unspecified tip credit....

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Thursday, March 6, 2014
How Many Jobs Are Threatened by the EPA in YOUR District?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:37 PM :: 5466 Views :: Environment, Labor, Small Business

Average of more than 770 jobs losses per congressional district....

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Friday, February 28, 2014
FACE Ad campaign pushes minimum wage hike
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:24 PM :: 5535 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

FACE said the increase is needed because Hawaii’s utilities are 110 percent higher than the national average, housing is 104 percent higher and groceries are 57 percent higher than other states...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
BLS: Hawaii Union Membership Rate 22.1%
By News Release @ 2:00 PM :: 4792 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...union membership rate for the state was at the series high of 29.9 percent in 1989, and at the series low of 21.5 percent in 2011....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Senate Minimum Wage Bill Will Fail Hawaii's Low-Wage Earners
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:06 PM :: 4658 Views :: Labor, Small Business

With SB 2609 moving in Senate, Grassroot Institute says it will fail in its objectives....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Union Contractors to get Exclusive Deal on NAVFAC Project at Hawaii Marine Corps Base?
By News Release @ 12:55 PM :: 4865 Views :: Labor, Military

NAVFAC and other federal agencies have issued more than 200 similar surveys requesting information about the potential use of PLAs on specific construction projects....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
The Problem with Giving America a Raise
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:29 PM :: 4046 Views :: Labor, Small Business
The CBO estimated that the wage hike Obama and his allies champion would cost 500,000 jobs....
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
She Dreamed Obamacare Was Harmless
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:24 PM :: 3878 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Shhh…keep quiet, or you’ll wake Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius....

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Sunday, February 16, 2014
Quid pro Quo? HSTA Endorses Ige for Governor
By News Release @ 8:26 PM :: 6311 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Flashback: Senate Ways and Means Chairman David Ige rained rhetorical bombs on the Department of Education for what he called a "Cadillac" system to evaluate teacher performance....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Four Things You Should Know About The Minimum Wage Debate In Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 8:31 AM :: 7220 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

If the legislature is serious about fighting poverty in Hawaii, a broader and more comprehensive discussion is essential....

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Sunday, February 9, 2014
Minimum Wage Fraud Revisited–Again and Again
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:35 PM :: 5707 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living
Why do the prices of food, clothing, and shelter keep going up?
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
UHPA Files 'Prohibited Practice' Charges Against UH Administration
By News Release @ 2:11 AM :: 4679 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

UHPA has taken a two-pronged approach to preserve faculty rights. In December 2013, the union filed a prohibited practice charge....

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Monday, February 3, 2014
In Search of the Glass Ceiling: Deciphering Data on Gender and Wages
By UHERO @ 8:03 PM :: 4238 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...the bottom line is that things might not be what they seem....

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Monday, February 3, 2014
UHERO: Hawaii's minimum wage, poverty, and job creation
By UHERO @ 7:48 PM :: 6224 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living
Ten different bills have been introduced  at the legislature this session to raise Hawaii's minimum wage....
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Sunday, February 2, 2014
LIUNA, UniteHere 'Bitterly Disappointed' With Obamacare
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 4765 Views :: Health Care, Labor

The law imposes new costs and mandates on employer sponsors of health and welfare trust funds, but leaves irresponsible companies free of any obligation to contribute towards their employees' health insurance....

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Saturday, February 1, 2014
Regressive Taxes: State Hypocrisy on Minimum Wage
By Andrew Walden @ 8:30 PM :: 7112 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living
“…our residents living in poverty pay more in state taxes than all but three other states….”
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Friday, January 24, 2014
Hawaii Union Membership Ranks 3rd in USA
By News Release @ 7:25 PM :: 4922 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Three states had union membership rates over 20.0 percent in 2013: New York (24.4 percent), Alaska (23.1 percent),and Hawaii (22.1 percent)....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
SB2922: Lengthen School Year to 190 Days, Eliminate Minimum Hours of Instruction
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 4350 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The bill also discontinues the requirements for the minimum number of student instructional hours effective at the end of the 2014-2015 school year....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Should We Raise the Minimum Wage?
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:58 AM :: 4317 Views :: Labor, Small Business

Would this actually help the entry-level workers it is supposed to help? ....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Hawaii's Weak Congressional Delegation Unable to Protect Tsunami Center
By News Release @ 4:57 AM :: 6334 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Labor

...NOAA has quietly elevated its tsunami warning center in Alaska by relegating its Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii to secondary status....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Video: Homosexual Child Molester's Alleged Victims Describe Grooming Process at Maui Pineapple Camp
By Video @ 8:58 PM :: 7366 Views :: Family, Labor, Religion

...alleged victims of homosexual child molestation who give a very clear description of how homosexual child molesters single out and groom boys....

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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Furloughs: Abercrombie Caught in Lie as He Launches First Campaign Ad
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 8897 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Politicians

Sound financial management required making tough decisions and hard choices. All with NO furloughs** (this is a lie, Abercrombie continued Furloughs, renamed as DLWOP Days)....

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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Bumble Bee CEO to Faleomavaega: You’re a Liar
By Selected News Articles @ 2:00 AM :: 8315 Views :: National News, World News, Labor

Bumble Bee chief executive Chris Lischewski has called untrue the Delegate’s assertion that Bumble Bee tuna is processed by child labor....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Prominent labor leader convicted of mortgage fraud
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:44 PM :: 5752 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, Rail

Perry Artates, a former Maui Hawaiian Homeland commissioner and prominent labor leader, will spend 45 days in federal prison for his role in a mortgage fraud case that left a Maui family homeless....

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Monday, January 13, 2014
New IRS Rule Could Cut Into Restaurant Workers' Tips
By NCPA @ 11:35 AM :: 5633 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

As of January 1, a new tax rule will prevent restaurant workers from collecting automatic tips....

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Friday, January 10, 2014
Hauula Teacher Wins Back Pay After Pot-Fueled Firing
By Selected News Articles @ 12:07 PM :: 4732 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Kathleen Morita was teaching at Hauula Elementary School in September 2007 when a custodian reported the smell of marijuana coming from her classroom. He also reported what he thought was a bottle of wine in a paper bag....

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Will Minimum Wage Legislation Wreck American Samoa Economy Again?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:30 PM :: 6108 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Labor

Faleomavaega got caught napping in 2007 and by the time he raced back to Washington in an effort to get us extricated, it was too late....

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Friday, January 3, 2014
Flawed Minimum Wage Hike Advocacy Will Cost Hawaii's Poorest Workers $7M this Year
By Andrew Walden @ 12:34 AM :: 7096 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...7,000 well-paid waiters are being played against 7,000 underpaid dishwashers....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Informational Briefing on Violence at State Hospital
By News Release @ 4:34 PM :: 4646 Views :: Health Care, Labor
  • DATE: Tuesday, January 07, 2014
  • TIME: 10 a.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 229, State Capitol
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Monday, December 30, 2013
Auditor Looks at Workers Comp Medical Fee Review Process
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 4747 Views :: Health Care, Labor

While expenses have been slowly increasing for health care providers, legislated payment updates have remained flat since 2011....

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Saturday, December 28, 2013
HGEA BU 10, 13 Contracts Detail ‘Huge Payout to Union’
By Andrew Walden @ 9:25 PM :: 8784 Views :: Labor

...BU13 salary schedules reveal a base salary scale which will top out at $148,704....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
HSTA Legislative Agenda: Bring Back Pre-Kindergarten
By News Release @ 7:08 PM :: 5255 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Hawaii State Teachers Association urges the Legislature to support and fund the following....

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