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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
July 7, 1935: Moscow orders first Communists to Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 3:20 AM :: 37691 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 7, 2021
Senators Override Five Ige Vetoes--More to Come
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 1338 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Tourism

... The Senate will reconvene on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 3:00pm to reconsider a potential veto override of HB53 and vote on proposed floor amendments to meet the Governor’s objections in his veto message for HB54, HB1299 and SB589 ....

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Friday, July 2, 2021
UHPA Cheers Ige 'Intent to Veto'
By News Release @ 8:19 PM :: 1247 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

... The two bills are SB589 SD2 HD2 CD1 – Relating to the University of Hawaii and HB1296 HD1 SD2 CD1 – Relating to State Funds ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
Unemployment: Hawaii Worst Recovery from COVID
By Selected News Articles @ 9:49 PM :: 1149 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Least ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Unemployment 8.1% for May--Down 0.4%
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 1186 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Statewide 595,300 were employed and 52,150 unemployed in May ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
53,000 Unemployed in Hawaiʻi, But State Chamber Dealing with Employee Shortages
By News Release @ 3:55 PM :: 1283 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... in April 2021 the state of Hawaiʻi had 53,000 people unemployed and 27,415 job openings ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Free Money from the Sky: Another $100 for MEUCs
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 1139 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced it will start processing MEUC applications beginning on June 17, 2021 ....

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Monday, June 14, 2021
June 14, 1900: The Abolition of Slavery in Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 47625 Views :: Hawaii History, Labor

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

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Thursday, June 10, 2021
HSTA Members Ratify 2-Year Contract
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 882 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... the short two-year duration will allow HSTA to begin this process once more in a little over a year’s time with the next permanent superintendent ....

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021
HGEA Membership Approves Contract
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 2134 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...  HGEA requires voter ID to cast ballot.  UPW has some fun Q&A about ballot handling issues ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
More Free Money for HSTA: BoE Approves Shortage Differentials for 2021-22
By News Release @ 11:34 PM :: 963 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... Shortage differentials for classroom teachers in special education, hard-to-staff locations, and Hawaiian language immersion programs will continue through school year 2021–22 ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
HSTA reaches tentative contract agreement
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 1057 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... ratification vote ends June 9, 2021 ....

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Sunday, May 23, 2021
Teacher Payments and the “Me Too” Syndrome
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1250 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... House Bill 613, another bill that has undergone radical metamorphosis while in our Legislature. ...

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
HSTA Recruiting Teachers for New Scam to Eliminate Standardized Testing
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 1190 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... “This is a great opportunity for teachers to help move Hawaii from standardized assessments to project-based learning,” said Corey Rosenlee ....

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
HSTA Game Plan: After Ige Vetoes HB613, BoE Will Approve $2,200 Cash Bonanza
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 1142 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... Shortage differentials maintain strong BOE support HIDOE is using the differentials to recruit, retain teachers ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
Job Search Requirement Reinstated for Unemployed
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 1281 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... Hawai‘i residents currently receiving unemployment insurance benefits will again be required to prove they are searching for work starting May 30 ....

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
EEOC Collects Over $4.8 Million on Judgment in Labor Trafficking Case Against Maui Pineapple
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 1334 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Labor

... $4.8 million has been recovered to satisfy a judgment in a national origin and race discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC against Maui Pineapple ....

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Monday, May 17, 2021
Results of 2021 HGEA State Board Election
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 946 Views :: Labor

... results of the 2021-2023 HGEA President and Board of Directors Election ....

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Saturday, May 15, 2021
Full Text: HGEA Letter to Ige Urging Veto of $29M HSTA Bonus
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 2700 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education, Labor

"...the Legislature disregarded collective bargaining and granted this generous cash bonus to one group of employees while making significant departmental cuts elsewhere, like in higher education, which will likely lead to layoffs...."

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Monday, May 10, 2021
Hirono: Lets Use COVID Aid to Blackmail United Airlines
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 3402 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

"... require any new PSP agreement with United Airlines or any applicant require the airline to refrain from outsourcing jobs ...."

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
Surprise! Another Cash Giveaway to HSTA Members -- $2,200 This Time
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 2809 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... The payments aim for “workforce stabilization to retain teachers” and will be made to full- and half-time teachers. (Translation: Incumbent stabilization to retain HSTA endorsement for 2022.) ....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
How Bad? Labor Underutilization in Hawaii During the Pandemic
By UHERO @ 4:55 AM :: 1284 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii led the nation with the highest percentage of its civilian labor force unemployed for 15 weeks or longer 5.3% ....

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Sunday, April 25, 2021
Union Contract Talks: HGEA, UPW, UHPA Ratify and Reject--HSTA Still Holding Out
By News Release @ 12:54 AM :: 2055 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... HGEA BU13 and UPW BU10 rejected contract proposals ....

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
HSTA Outlines Plan to Promote Identity Politics in K-12
By News Release @ 6:40 PM :: 1597 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

" ... Free virtual event aims to shift views .... "

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
HGEA Demands Negotiations over Telework
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 1390 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

"...to provide workplace flexibility for employees who are having to balance work and family responsibilities...."

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Friday, April 16, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 9.0%
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 1422 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... compared to 9.2 percent in February ....

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021
UNITE HERE Bosses Back Down after Federal Charge Challenging Illegal Dues Seizures 
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 1661 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

... NLRA mandates that union officials cannot force private sector workers who decline formal union membership to pay union fees as a condition of keeping a job ....

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Hawaii Nurses Pay #2 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 AM :: 1717 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

... the 11,260 Hawaii RNs annual mean salary is $104,830 ....

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Friday, April 2, 2021
Hawaii's Good Friday Holiday - What's Up With That?
By Robert Thomas @ 12:00 AM :: 26540 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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Thursday, April 1, 2021
DLIR Update: $5.2B in Pandemic Benefits Paid
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 1420 Views :: Ethics, Labor, COVID-19

... DLIR hired a vendor to perform investigations focusing on overpayments. Solid State Operations, Inc. will begin with 25 investigators on April 6 ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 9.2% for February
By News Release @ 1:40 AM :: 1484 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

... the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 9.2 percent compared to the revised rate of 10.3 percent in January ....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
COVID Case: DLIR Shuts Unemployment Call Center for Long Weekend
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 1130 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... One staffer in a ballroom that serves general inquiries tested positive yesterday, and in response the department has shut down operations in that ballroom ....

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Sheriff's New First Deputy 'Owes HGEA Everything'
By News Release @ 9:41 PM :: 1568 Views :: Labor, Police

... The First Deputy is second in command of the Sheriff Division ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Hawaii is the State Where People Worry They'll Lose Their Income
By Selected News Articles @ 10:10 PM :: 1357 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... Hawaii: 31.5% “expect someone in their household to have a loss in employment income in the next 4 weeks” ....

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
Hawaii: Highest Paid Waiters in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 7:21 PM :: 1590 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii Waiters/Waitresses: average annual wage: $55,200; employment: 19,500 ....

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
HGEA Tells Schatz, Saiki: Unlike Teachers, 'We Never Quit'
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 1548 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"... HGEA stood up at these meetings to make sure that our members are not blindsided or shortchanged by teacher demands ...."

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Hawaii is the State Where Joblessness Has Skyrocketed
By Selected News Articles @ 7:54 PM :: 1672 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... Hawaii and California had the highest jobless rates in January, at 10.2% and 9.0%, respectively. At the far end of the spectrum, South Dakota and Utah had the lowest rates, each at 3.1% ....

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Monday, March 15, 2021
DOE, HSTA reach agreement to increase 4th quarter in-person learning
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 1637 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... ​increasing number of students projected to return to in-person learning during the fourth quarter ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Ige: "Furloughs are off the table"
By News Release @ 6:37 PM :: 1658 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Translation: Wage hikes coming on June 30 ....

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Monday, March 8, 2021
Nurses at Maui Health System Vote to Approve Contract
By News Release @ 1:22 PM :: 1525 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor, COVID-19

... The contract rewards the risks taken and sacrifices made by these workers during the pandemic ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
HSTA orders BoE to Dump Kishimoto
By News Release @ 8:36 PM :: 1437 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... Each of HSTA's '12 reasons' boils down to the same one thing: Kishimoto was slightly slow and reluctant to go along with HSTA's plan to shut down all schools and pay teachers full salary while letting them pretend to 'work' from home ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Ige Signs Bill Lowering Unemployment Tax
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 1621 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... The measure allows employers to pay, on average, less than half of what they would otherwise pay into the system ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
DLIR: Decades-old Mainframe Behind Delays
By Selected News Articles @ 3:06 AM :: 1339 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... the technological backbone of the state’s UI program is an antiquated mainframe system that runs on a Natural database language ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Hawaii Most Unionized State
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 1426 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Only two states had union membership rates over 20.0 percent in 2020: Hawaii (23.7 percent) and New York (22.0 percent) ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Maui Nurses Tentative Contract
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 1616 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

... The registered nurses and other health care workers of Maui Health System reached a tentative contract agreement with MHS management just past 1:00 am HST Friday morning ....

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Tops in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:02 AM :: 1933 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

... In December, Hawaii had the highest unemployment rate among the states at 9.3%, followed by Nevada at an unemployment rate of 9.2%. Both of these rates are higher than the national unemployment rate of 6.7%....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
How Minimum Wage Worker Makes $72K
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 1988 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... in Full-Service Restaurants, most workers who earn minimum wage receive significantly more compensation in tips ....

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
HSTA survey: 52% of members have received one or two vaccine doses
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 1232 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... HIDOE still taking names of those interested in shots ....

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Laughing at Your Sacrifice: HSTA Pressures BoE for $33M Pay Hike
By News Release @ 4:38 AM :: 1919 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... 'shortage differentials' were paid beginning January 7, 2020, for one year only.  Extending them into 2021 is tantamount to a Pay Hike ....

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Monday, February 15, 2021
Grievance: HGEA Supervises 'Learning Hubs' While HSTA Hides in Empty Classrooms
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 1611 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... HGEA members are being left alone to supervise students in learning hubs while some teachers are able to work from home or remain isolated in their classrooms ....

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