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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Rail Fail: Oahu Construction Jobs Drop as Sister Isles Job Boom tops Nation
By Andrew Walden @ 2:12 PM :: 5748 Views :: Labor, Rail

Oahu lost 4% of its construction jobs while the sister isles gained 27% more constrction jobs.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012
Hanabusa Campaign Exploits Forced ‘Volunteers’, Contributors
By Rep Charles Djou @ 5:41 PM :: 6985 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Politicians

Hanabusa said she doesn't condone the practice, but will gladly continue to accept all the money and political help that comes from it.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012
VIDEO: PRP Renews Pay for Play Attack on Cayetano
By Video @ 3:48 AM :: 6930 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Politicians, Rail

Pro-Rail Pacific Resources Partnership today released its first anti-Cayetano ad for the General Election season....

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Monday, September 17, 2012
UPW Fires Employees for Refusing to Contribute to Hanabusa
By Selected News Articles @ 10:28 PM :: 11608 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Labor

Democratic FEC commissioners argued that UPW did in fact coerce “employees to participate in the union’s political activities” in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971....

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Friday, August 17, 2012
AUDIO: Abercrombie Voicemail Message to HSTA, Mediation Proposed
By Audio @ 5:50 AM :: 5728 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

HSTA President Wil Okabe today released the audio of an August 14 voice mail message from Gov Neil Abercrombie....

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Rail Jobs? Honolulu Construction Employment Down 6%
By Andrew Walden @ 2:17 PM :: 7070 Views :: Labor, Rail

As Rail construction continues, Honolulu construction employments continues to drop, losing 1,300 jobs between June, 2011 and June, 2012....

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Sunday, July 1, 2012
Pay to Play: Will Cayetano Retaliate Against Hirono?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:29 PM :: 10887 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Politicians

"Is PRP implying that Mazie Hirono who also received illegal contributions did any wrongdoing?" -- Ben Cayetano

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Honolulu Loses 1,400 Construction Jobs as Rail Work Begins
By Andrew Walden @ 1:47 PM :: 5688 Views :: Labor, Rail

According to the Associated General Contractors of America, Hononlulu ranks 272nd in construction growth, losing 1,400 construction jobs over the past year.

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Friday, June 15, 2012
Hawaii Loses 10 Construction Jobs a Day as Rail Work Begins
By Selected News Articles @ 4:59 PM :: 5728 Views :: Labor, Rail

Union members who have been led to believe rail would put them back to work can now see that it simply isn’t happening....

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ABC Hawaii Chapter Blasts Abercrombie’s PLA Directive
By News Release @ 1:15 PM :: 7627 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
As Rail Project Begins Hawaii Loses Construction Jobs
By Andrew Walden @ 11:56 AM :: 6904 Views :: Labor, Rail

For months building trades unions and the management-labor Pacific Resources Partnership have been putting union members to work—as pro-rail protesters.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Lawsuits, Workers Comp Claims Detail Violence, Retaliation at State DoT
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 7831 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...a total of seven employment-based lawsuits against HDOT presently filed in state or federal court, at various stages of litigation, some involving workplace violence in one form or another. Also, there are Workers’ Compensation claims filed as a result of workplace violence at different stages of that process....

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Sunday, March 18, 2012
Honolulu Loses 600 jobs as Road Construction Lags
By News Release @ 11:57 PM :: 7689 Views :: Labor, Rail

Another 600 construction jobs were lost in the Honolulu area between January 2011 and January 2012, a 3 percent decline, according to an analysis released by the Associated General Contractors of America ....

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Monday, January 30, 2012
Right to Work Heads to Indiana
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:56 AM :: 3725 Views :: Labor
In 22 states in the Union, workers have the freedom under "Right-to-Work" laws to decide whether or not to pay union dues, and now Indiana is poised to become 23rd ....
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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Lihue TSA Worker Sues, Claims Sex Assault
By Selected News Articles @ 11:46 PM :: 9258 Views :: Kauai County, Labor, Tourism

Marugame claims a TSA investigator (TSI) "sexually assaulted her" on Aug. 26, 2009....

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Saturday, September 3, 2011
Classified Documents reveal United Farm Workers made pact with Global Horizons in hope of profiting from Immigration Reform
By Andrew Walden @ 8:32 PM :: 9118 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

... a July 3, 2008 memo from the US Embassy in Mexico—revealed earlier this week with the latest batch of classified Wikileaks documents—shows that the UFW had signed a contract with Global Horizons and was itself looking forwards to becoming a major labor contractor ....

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
After Abercrombie puts Videotaped Foot in Mouth, he rejects Binding Arbitration with HSTA
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 5293 Views :: Labor

“Negotiations via the media are not productive."  -- In other words, Abercrombie should have kept his mouth shut in Hilo....

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Monday, August 8, 2011
Human Trafficking: Did the US DoJ Purposefully lose the Aloun Farms Case?
By Andrew Walden @ 1:37 AM :: 16168 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture, Judiciary, Labor, Law Enforcement

How could federal prosecutors “accidentally” debase their entire prosecution of crimes alleged to have occurred in 2004 by telling a Federal Grand Jury that the defendants’ collection of “recruitment fees” was a violation of a law which did not take effect until 2008?

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Thursday, August 4, 2011
VIDEO: Abercrombie argues with retired teacher in Hilo
By Video @ 5:18 PM :: 8854 Views :: Labor, Politicians

Abercrombie gets rolling about 1:30 and keeps on rolling for the next ten minutes.  Starting about 6:50 you can hear Abercrombie's handlers trying to pull him away....

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Friday, May 20, 2011
VIDEO: Abercrombie squares off with Maui Nurses
By Video @ 1:09 AM :: 11378 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Politicians

Listen carefully to the nurses in this video. They are ready to dump the HGEA.

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Friday, April 8, 2011
Unity House HQ up for Sale
By Andrew Walden @ 3:27 PM :: 7006 Views :: Ethics, Labor

1701 Ala Wai Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96815 – Cityfeet.com

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Sunday, March 6, 2011
Gulen Cult: Legislators to welcome “Ugly Unionbusting” to Hawaii schools?
By Andrew Walden @ 7:16 AM :: 24911 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Military, Religion

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Act 100: How Hanabusa and Cayetano launched Hawaii Pension crisis
By Andrew Walden @ 10:37 PM :: 27301 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Politicians

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Audit fuels “clinically psychotic” HGEA effort to strangle tax collection
By Andrew Walden @ 8:17 PM :: 12872 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Taxes

The inevitable failure of DOTax to replicate CGI’s tax collection frenzy should cut revenues by about $27M per year. How many government union jobs will be lost or furloughed due to the bumbling HGEA leaders’ choice of targets?

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Monday, December 6, 2010
Gaming Industry Lobbyist, Progressive activist screen Abercrombie cabinet picks
By Andrew Walden @ 2:50 PM :: 13209 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

Progressive Democrat Keneko, and lobbyist Radcliffe sitting around in an “union hall in Kalihi” determining whether Clayton Hee will head DLNR or DHHL.  Will anti-Superferry protester Gary Hooser get a cabinet position?  It is an exercise in self-parody.  The image of the corporatist one-party State could not be any clearer.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Honolulu Council Special Election: Mel Kahele, Waimanalo Gulch, and other baggage
By Andrew Walden @ 11:53 PM :: 12043 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Labor, Politicians

In the formally non-partisan winner-take-all race, Kahele, a Democrat, will face former GOP State Rep Bob McDermott, and Democrats Matthew LoPresti and Christopher Lewis.  But Kahele’s chances may hinge on voters, media, and opposing campaigns not having time to do research.  Kahele carries a lot of baggage, including a metaphorical steamer trunk loaded with the fragrant burden of Waimanalo Gulch.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010
Neil Abercrombie's slavery problem
By Andrew Walden @ 6:44 PM :: 19394 Views :: Democratic Party, Labor, Politicians

...when it comes to the civil rights violation known as slavery, Neil Abercrombie has remained silent as his key supporters organize and lead the defense of Democratic donors Mike and Alec Sou of Aloun Farms entangled in the "largest human trafficking case in US history."

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Monday, September 20, 2010
NYT: In an Ugly Human-Trafficking Case, Hawaii Forgets Itself
By Selected News Articles @ 8:34 PM :: 11190 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

In an astounding display of amnesia and misplaced sympathy, Hawaii rallied around the defendants. After entering their plea deal, the farmers, Michael and Alec Sou of Aloun Farms, orchestrated an outpouring of letters begging the judge for leniency at sentencing. Business leaders, community activists, politicians — even two former governors, Benjamin Cayetano and John Waihee, and top executives at First Hawaiian Bank — joined a parade attesting to the brothers’ goodness.

The men were paragons of diversified agriculture and wise land use, the letter writers said. They had special vegetable knowledge that nobody else had, and were holding the line against genetically modified crops. If they went to prison, evil developers would pave their farmland. Think of the “trickle down impact,” one woman implored the judge. Besides, their produce was delicious.

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Friday, September 3, 2010
Green hypocrites: Case & Omidyar’s Maui Land & Pine tied to human trafficking case
By Selected News Articles @ 12:03 AM :: 21454 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County, Environment, Ethics, Agriculture, Labor

THREE MONTHS after Intajak arrived in America, in October 2004, Global Horizons sent him to Hawaii to work for the Maui Pineapple Co. Here, the pay was better than in Yakima—$9.50 an hour—but the conditions were worse. One Global Horizons agent, Intajak and other workers told me, was in the habit of carrying a knife, a gun, or a baseball bat, and of threatening workers with "deportation" if they didn't behave or meet their quotas. Just four days in, Intajak says, he watched the man beat a coworker. 

The Maui Pineapple Co.'s land is nestled among gorgeous foothills, shrouded in mist and covered with volcanic soil the color of dark coffee. The now-defunct company was part of Maui Land & Pineapple Co., whose majority owner is Steve Case, cofounder of AOL; another primary shareholder is eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, a generous benefactor of anti-slavery organizations.... 

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Friday, August 20, 2010
After 6 years: Newspaper Guild signs contract with Tribune-Herald
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 7895 Views :: Hawaii County , Labor

The Hawaii Newspaper Guild and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald have signed a contract after nearly six years of negotiations.

The two-year agreement covers all employees at the Hilo newspaper except pressmen, who are covered by a separate contract, and managers. The pressmen's negotiations lasted as long as the Guild's. The contracts are similar.

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Monday, July 12, 2010
HSTA demands candidates oppose funds for disabled students
By Andrew Walden @ 4:38 PM :: 8295 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Labor

From question #7:

“HSTA opposes any legislation to provide public funds for tax subsidies (tax credits, tax deductions) or vouchers for private education, religious or home school expenses, or inclusion of vouchers within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).”

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Cadillac Tax is back: Obamacare to tax union workers’ health plans, gut $350M from Hawaii State budget
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 7257 Views :: Health Care, Labor

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is headed into a meeting with President Obama this afternoon after the White House and Congressional leaders have begun to discuss a higher-than-expected excise tax on some health care plans, in order to maintain their claim that health care legislation will reduce the deficit, a source involved in health care talks said.  (Those are UNION-negotiated health plans.)

Any unexpected change to the health care plan could endanger support for the bill from labor, which agreed to back it after reductions to the planned excise tax.

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Friday, February 12, 2010
Malulani Hospital offers Maui an alternative to MMMC’s “downward trajectory”
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 11408 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

Malulani Foundation offers solutions to the very serious problems faced by HHSC and MMMC. Our community can start fresh, with a new hospital and a new vision for healthcare on Maui.

Dr. Ron Kwon started the process for the original Malulani Group to bring a new hospital to Maui and was not successful. Dr. Kwon was very disappointed, left the island and is now affiliated with a major hospital in Boston.

The goal of Malulani Foundation is to bring a private, full service, state of art, 450 bed teaching hospital to Maui which will provide further needed diversity for economy to Maui and a source of jobs for our Maui people.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010
Hamamoto's DoE resignation: To block Lingle's constitutional amendment?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:06 AM :: 9323 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

While Hamamoto said politics were not part of her decision to resign, she spoke out yesterday against a state constitutional amendment proposed by Lingle to make the DOE superintendent a Cabinet-level position, under the governor's control.

"Politics should not be part of what goes on in the school room," Hamamoto said. "The superintendent has to be able to advocate for what is right for the kids. You have to be apolitical in order to advocate for the children. That should be the first priority of a superintendent. The second priority is ensuring organizational stability. How do you ensure stability if teachers and administrators think they will be jerked around every four or eight years?"

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Monday, December 28, 2009
Legislative Report: Convert HHSC to non-profit, dump civil service (full text)
By Andrew Walden @ 12:07 AM :: 24438 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

Stroudwater didn't pull punches:  "HHSC is in a financially perilous condition. It received a 'Going Concern' finding as part of its 2008 independent audit report, calling the future financial viability of the organization into question. Its liquidity is at dangerously low levels with barely enough current assets to meet current liabilities. It is far behind in its payments to vendors (80+ days). The age of its facilities and other physical assets are well above national averages. Its future viability is at risk, particularly if the State is unable to provide increasing levels of operating subsidies for HHSC going forward."

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Friday, September 4, 2009
Furloughs vs Layoffs: The union no-solution strategy
By Andrew Walden @ 12:41 AM :: 16994 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The Democrats’ electoral strategy for 2010 is an attempt to manufacture chaos knowing it is Lingle who “needs to make the tough call."  Their goal: to replicate the labor-management strife of the Cayetano era—and blame Lingle--so a Democrat can re-take the Governor’s seat in 2010.  Their playthings?  Government employee jobs--and your wallet.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Unions reject furloughs: Governor seeks ag inspection alternatives
By Letters to the Editor @ 1:08 PM :: 6312 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

State Government  cannot afford to look or be the same.  We need to find new ways to do the tasks that were once performed.  We want to explore with the Agriculture industry options such as third-party certification, self certification, and random sampling.

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Friday, July 24, 2009
Prison could become School: Youth Challenge Academy to take over Kulani?
By News Release @ 3:36 PM :: 10557 Views :: Hawaii County , Education K-12, Labor, Military

To ensure the Kulani facility will be used productively for the benefit of the state and the Big Island community, the Department of Public Safety is currently working with the Hawai‘i Department of Defense (DOD) on a Memorandum of Agreement for the land to be utilized for the DOD’s Hawai‘i National Guard Youth Challenge program.

The Hawai‘i National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy program provides at-risk students who otherwise would not obtain a high school diploma with an opportunity to attend a 22-week curriculum designed to turn their lives around. Since 1995, over 2,500 students who have participated in the Youth Challenge Academy have earned their High School diplomas.

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Saturday, June 7, 2008
‘Protection racket’ shakes down resort workers, ruins parks
By Patrick Walsh @ 1:46 AM :: 8125 Views :: Hawaii County , Labor, Tourism

Knife wielding goons demanded money from campers.  Public workers sleep through their shift.  Pavilions are filthy and littered with broken glass.

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