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Monday, May 20, 2013
Penny Pritzker: Waikiki Hotel Workers Union to Protest Obama Commerce Nominee
By Selected News Articles @ 4:36 PM :: 6082 Views :: Labor, Obama

One of the largest hospitality unions in the nation will protest President Barack Obama’s commerce secretary nominee on Thursday, the first day of her confirmation hearings....

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Sunday, May 19, 2013
Minimum Wage Should Not Be Living Wage
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:00 AM :: 5462 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor
...those critics probably never held a real job or never ran their own business....
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Friday, May 17, 2013
Hawaii leads nation in per-capita debt for unfunded union benefits
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:32 PM :: 6013 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes
Source: Truth in Accounting...
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Atheists Attack HGEA, UPW Contract: Demand Unions Give Up Paid Holiday
By Andrew Walden @ 2:58 PM :: 5025 Views :: First Amendment, Labor
sponsored by gay ‘marriage’ activist, convicted thief Michael ‘Bitchbear’ Golujuch, Jr....
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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Starting in October: 15% Penalty on Overpaid Unemployment Comp
By Selected News Articles @ 7:18 AM :: 5889 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Hawaii has amended its Employment Security Law as follows....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
States Could Push Part-Time Employees Into Obamacare Exchanges
By NCPA @ 8:35 AM :: 4430 Views :: Health Care, Labor
Washington state lawmakers have found a creative way of transferring a large chunk of their health care expenses into the health exchanges....
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Abercrombie: UPW Contract 'Positive Result of Partnership'
By News Release @ 12:04 AM :: 3769 Views :: Labor
The Governor also acknowledged the efforts of UH Manoa Industrial Relations Center Director Joyce Najita, whose mediation services greatly contributed to achieving consensus....
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
HGEA Announces Unit 8 Contract Settlement
By News Release @ 10:47 AM :: 5462 Views :: Labor

HGEA’s Unit 8 membership consists of approximately 2,350 administrative, professional and technical University of Hawaii employees....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
HSTA Cheers Defeat of 'Instructional Hours', Targets Preschool Vouchers
By News Release @ 12:10 PM :: 4419 Views :: Education K-12, Labor
...SB 1084 is a voucher that will allow public money to pay for private preschools....
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Sunday, April 21, 2013
Abercrombie Orders ‘Flexible Pay’ Hikes to Match Outside Job Offers
By Andrew Walden @ 11:36 PM :: 4575 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor
... the new, legal, and inexpensive way of bribing Cabinet members and their top lieutenants ....
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Saturday, April 20, 2013
UHPA Pushes Back Against NEA Raid, Cyberattack
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 6028 Views :: Higher Education, Labor
When asked whether she believed the cyberattack could be related to the NEA issue, Hanselman said, "It's a strange coincidence."
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Saturday, April 20, 2013
HB634 Obstructs Sale of Businesses With Over 100 Employees
By News Release @ 2:01 AM :: 3557 Views :: Labor

House Bill 634, which would require the purchase of a company to hire 100 percent of the seller’s employees, is now in a conference committee....

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Friday, April 19, 2013
SB535: Illegal to Fire Your Child’s Babysitter
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 7952 Views :: Family, Labor

SB535SD1HD2 would make it illegal for any Hawaii family to fire or otherwise change the employment status of nannies, babysitters, caretakers, and other domestic workers....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
HSTA Membership Ratifies Contract
By News Release @ 11:55 PM :: 5505 Views :: Education K-12, Labor
...After more than two years working without a contract, 95% of teachers statewide voted in favor of the tentative agreement....
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
HSTA Convention Urges Ratification: Contract Vote Today
By News Release @ 1:04 PM :: 4361 Views :: Education K-12, Labor
... poll sites will be open from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.....
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Monday, April 8, 2013
UHERO: Improved Employment Numbers Still Short of Pre-Recession Peak
By Selected News Articles @ 12:55 PM :: 4393 Views :: Economy, Labor
...4,000 more jobs were created in Hawaii over the past two years than previously thought....
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Sunday, April 7, 2013
Creative Insolvency: EUTF to Enter ‘Shadow Insurance Industry’?
By Andrew Walden @ 1:36 PM :: 8642 Views :: Health Care, Labor
...a multi-billion dollar scheme to rework Hawaii government employees pension and health insurance funding is made its way through the legislature....
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
To Encourage Hanabusa to Run Against Abercrombie, Trade Unions Endorse Schatz
By Selected News Articles @ 1:47 PM :: 6574 Views :: Democratic Party, Labor
“We’re trying to push her to run against the governor.”
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
NFIB to Lobby Against Minimum Wage Hike Today
By News Release @ 1:59 PM :: 7029 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living
Hawaii small-business owners will gather in Room 329 in the State Capitol, today, March 27, at 4 p.m. at about the same time the House Finance Committee takes up HB 331....
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Monday, March 25, 2013
HSTA, DoE Announce $333M Tentative Agreement--Contract Vote April 17
By News Release @ 4:52 AM :: 6930 Views :: Education K-12, Labor
The four-year tentative agreement that the HSTA will now take to its members for ratification, includes annual pay increases and performance evaluations for teachers....
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Preemptive Strike: UHPA Endorses Schatz
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 7238 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Labor
... the early endorsement was the result of unprecedented changes in Congress with the retirement of Sen. Daniel Akaka and the passing of Sen. Daniel Inouye, and the need for a fresh perspective ....
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
5,000 Petition Abercrombie to Keep Tesoro Open
By News Release @ 8:25 PM :: 5339 Views :: Energy, Labor

 ...The USW expects a response from the governor....

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
How Hawaii Minimum Wage Workers Earn $24.24 per hour
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 PM :: 9079 Views :: Labor, Cost of Living

The average wage when adding in tips for the front of the house is $24.24 per hour....

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
HSTA, DoE, HLRB Agree to Mediation
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 5170 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The parties are negotiating a 2013-15 contract....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Busting 5 Myths About the Minimum Wage
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:29 PM :: 4751 Views :: Labor, Cost of Living

Do you think of teenagers flipping burgers? Or a single parent trying to feed several kids?

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Sunday, March 3, 2013
Keep The Promise for Better Wages as Goal
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:42 AM :: 6213 Views :: Labor, Cost of Living

If the minimum wage does rise, where do our elected officials think businesses will get the money to pay the higher wages?

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Full Text: Rep Hanohano Accused of Workplace Violence after Racist Tirade Aimed at State Workers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:10 PM :: 9792 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

Transcript of letter from State employees attacked by Rep Faye Hanohano....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Gallup: Hawaii Again Tops Nation in Well-Being
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 9472 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor, Cost of Living

Between 2011 and 2012 Hawaii jumped from 44th to 1st in “Work Environment” but fell from 4th to 14th  in “Basic Access"....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
UHERO: Minimum Wage Hike Unlikely to Help Working Poor
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 8087 Views :: Economy, Labor, Tourism, Cost of Living

...higher minimum wage is unlikely to accomplish the stated goal of raising the living standards of the working poor....

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Sunday, February 24, 2013
Just a Vicious Circle, Higher Minimum Wage, Higher Prices
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:27 AM :: 7555 Views :: Economy, Labor, Cost of Living

...look at the issue from an economic and financial well-being stand point instead of the emotional and social welfare perspective....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
McDermott: It is time to settle the teachers’ contract!
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 AM :: 4209 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Making them grovel over less than a 2% increase (when health care costs are factored in), while at the same time proposing an expensive new preschool program is breathtakingly insulting....

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Trafficked Thai Workers' Dreams Become Nightmares
By Selected News Articles @ 6:52 PM :: 7172 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

In 2004, Nopphon Fuchumpa was promised a great opportunity in the United States.... 

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Saturday, February 2, 2013
Minimum Wage Increase Could Put People Out of Work
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 6450 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

The House Minority Caucus urged caution today as two bills to increase the minimum wage to 120 percent its current level passed the Labor & Public Employment and Economic Development & Business committees....

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tax Cut or Minimum Wage Hike? Hawaii 4th-Highest Taxes for Low Income Residents
By Andrew Walden @ 4:14 AM :: 7218 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Instead of cutting taxes on the poor, Abercrombie proposes to extract more taxes from them by hiking the minimum wage.

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Friday, January 25, 2013
State Rejects HSTA's Billion Dollar Contract Proposal, Feb 1 'Impasse' Looms
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 5760 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

In its proposal, HSTA seeks to:

  • Increase teachers’ base pay by 48.1 percent over the next four years,
  • Delay implementation of the new Educator Effectiveness System,
  • Gain veto power over development of each step of the system.
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Friday, January 25, 2013
Secrecy in Public Union Collective Bargaining
By NCPA @ 12:44 PM :: 5400 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

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Friday, January 25, 2013
DoE Scores 'D' for Teacher Preparation
By News Release @ 4:25 AM :: 5694 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...there is much more that can be done to help ensure that new teachers are “classroom ready.” ...

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Friday, January 25, 2013
HSTA: 'Prepare for Negotiations to Continue at Length'
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 5426 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Given the nature of negotiations, the proposal HSTA took to the table is a starting point and is subject to change....

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
HGEA, DOE Agree on Evaluation and Support System for Principals
By News Release @ 9:29 PM :: 6491 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

All Hawaii public school principals will receive enhanced supports and evaluations beginning in the 2013-14 school year under an agreement between the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) and the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA)....

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
HSTA: "Time and Money Needed"
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 5343 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

“The State informed HSTA that there will be a formal response made at our next bargaining session on January 22."

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
HHSC Exec Discusses Banner Partnership with Hilo MDs
By Selected News Articles @ 9:36 PM :: 10549 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

Approximately four years ago, the Hawaii State Legislature commissioned Stroudwater Associates to evaluate our Hawaii Health System Safety Net Hospitals....

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Saturday, January 12, 2013
FULL TEXT: HSTA's $440M Contract Proposal
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 6875 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...if every union were to get the same raises and benefits, it would cost the state an extra $1.4 billion beyond the budget....

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Thursday, January 10, 2013
HSTA Survey: "Hawaii teachers welcome an evaluation process"
By News Release @ 10:46 PM :: 5961 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"Our intent is to work with the DOE to create a successful Educator Effectiveness System that could lend itself to being a model, nationwide.”

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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Abercrombie, Star-Advertiser Laugh at Union Effort to Save Tesoro, Price Spikes Predicted
By Selected News Articles @ 5:44 PM :: 5887 Views :: Energy, Labor

"Tesoro does not know what potential buyers might ask of state of Hawaii or federal officials."

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
HSTA: Another Union Soon to Win Big Arbitration Award
By News Release @ 11:36 PM :: 4378 Views :: Labor

We are also cognizant of related 2011 - 13 contract disputes being undertaken by other Hawaii public employee unions, including several ongoing arbitrations....

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Former Kauai Prosecutor Makes List of "America's Worst Bosses"
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 8078 Views :: Kauai County, Labor, Law Enforcement

The managers who made this year’s list of America’s Worst Bosses were named in workplace lawsuits filed by their employees ....

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Monday, December 17, 2012
Federal Worker Happiness Drops
By NCPA @ 1:23 PM :: 4555 Views :: National News, Labor

Rankings were determined by responses from about 700,000 federal workers from various agencies in the government....

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Thursday, December 13, 2012
FULL TEXT: Former HSTA President Challenges Okabe on Negotiations
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 5155 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Former Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) President Jim Williams yesterday sent a letter to current HSTA President Wil Okabe asking for clarification on Mr. Okabe’s recent public statements on negotiations....

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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Supreme Court: Labor Board Can Slow Walk HSTA
By News Release @ 12:16 AM :: 5390 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...The Court’s ruling this morning confirms that the HLRB's determination of when and how to issue a ruling in this case remains in its discretion....

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Unions Losing in Their Last Stronghold
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:15 PM :: 5057 Views :: National News, Labor

In November, Michigan voters rejected a ballot proposal that would have amended the state constitution to prevent the legislature from passing a right-to-work law and elevated union contracts above state law....It lost by 15 points.

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