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Friday, February 12, 2021
DLIR Fixes Antique Computers--PEUC Checks Coming
By News Release @ 2:15 PM :: 1556 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... DLIR announced that it has completed system updates for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program that was extended by the Continued Assistance Act ....

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Sunday, January 31, 2021
Grim Reality of Unemployment Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2032 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Our unemployment system, as of January 8, 2021, has paid out $3.4 billion in unemployment benefits ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Labor unions push lawmakers to drop GET on groceries
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 2233 Views :: Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

... ILWU, Teamsters, IATSE, UFCW ....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Sinkhole Cities: Honolulu 3rd Deepest Financial Pit
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 AM :: 3151 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Honolulu’s financial problems stem mostly from unfunded retirement obligations that have accumulated over the years ....

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
HSTA Tells School Board that Donald Trump Ordered Hawaii to Raise Taxes to Fund Vacant DoE Positions
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 2369 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... As a service to our readers we are providing a line-by-line debunk of HSTA's argument in parenthesis below ....

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Friday, January 15, 2021
When saving money isn't really
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:31 PM :: 1874 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes, COVID-19

... that $2 billion in “savings” is going to end up costing the taxpayers almost four times as much in the long term ....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Delaying health benefits fund payments will add $8 billion to Hawaii taxpayer debt
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:29 PM :: 1989 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Efforts to save money now will cost taxpayers more later while putting government employees and retirees at risk, says Grassroot Institute of Hawaii ....

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Saturday, January 9, 2021
Privileged Elite: Kauai School Employees Begin Getting Vaccinations Monday
By News Release @ 4:05 AM :: 2359 Views :: Kauai County, Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...other school employees will begin to get access to vaccines on a regular basis toward the end of January and early February....

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Friday, January 8, 2021
Rep. Mizuno Says he is Victim of Unemployment Fraud
By News Release @ 3:03 AM :: 1933 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Law Enforcement

"I was just notified that someone had filed an unemployment claim using my name, work title, Social Security number, and work address."

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
DLIR: How CARES Act Extension Affects Your Benefits
By News Release @ 12:06 PM :: 1868 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

...On Dec. 27, 2020, a federal COVID-19 relief package that extends and provides additional federal unemployment benefits was signed into law....

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Sunday, December 27, 2020
Collective Bargaining Agreement:  Supreme Law of the Land?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2381 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... “The following specific provisions of law are suspended, as allowed by federal law … Chapter 89, HRS, collective bargaining in public employment.” ....

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Monday, December 21, 2020
Ige Outlines 2021-23 Budget--'Sharp Reductions'
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 1269 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...“I’m hopeful that federal aid will allow us to refrain from imposing furloughs until later.”...

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Illegal Dues Seizure: Federal Labor Board Charges Filed Against UNITE HERE Local 5
By News Release @ 9:22 PM :: 2007 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...Union officials ignored two resignation requests, continue to unlawfully charge employee for union politics....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Honolulu PD ‘Top 10 Earners’ List Revealed–Did Corporal make $341K?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:00 PM :: 7525 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Labor, Police

...in 2017 five of the top ten earners worked directly under Ballard at Central Receiving....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
What is a Furlough?
By News Release @ 12:57 PM :: 1818 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... Will furloughs affect my “high three” .... 

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Friday, December 11, 2020
Labor Board: Governor’s Emergency Powers ARE Limited -- Collective Bargaining Agreements Cannot be Touched
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 4120 Views :: Kauai County, Labor, COVID-19

...Remember: Public Employee Union agreements are the Highest Law of the Land....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Unions Seek to Create Chaos, Drown Furloughs in Confusion
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 2172 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

"...Many public workers have already lost their second jobs in the tourism industry...."

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Ige: State Employee Furloughs Begin January 1
By News Release @ 7:51 PM :: 1593 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...About 10,160 employees will be subject to the furloughs. The number will be even larger when Department of Education and University of Hawaii employees are included....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
A Better Way to Help Hawaii's Unemployed
By Video @ 3:06 AM :: 1581 Views :: Economy, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii’s unemployment insurance system is in crisis, with stalled payments, rampant fraud, and massive debt leading to higher taxes ....

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Friday, December 4, 2020
UPW on the Job: Hilo Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty for Assaulting an Inmate and Conspiring with Other Officers to Cover it Up
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 1892 Views :: Hawaii County , Labor, Law Enforcement

... UPW members at work -- broken jaw, nose, and eye socket ....

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Thursday, December 3, 2020
HSTA Solution for Budget Cuts: 'Eliminate Standardized Testing'
By Video @ 12:06 AM :: 1677 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...Yes, HSTA is a one-note band ....

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Friday, November 20, 2020
October: Hawaii highest unemployment in USA, 14.3%
By News Release @ 6:17 PM :: 1781 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...The largest percentage decline in non-farm payroll occurred in Hawaii (-17.3 percent)....

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Monday, November 16, 2020
State unemployment tax slated to automatically triple in 2021
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:52 AM :: 2875 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...Failure to address the legally required increase could discourage employers from hiring back employees after the lockdowns....

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Sunday, November 8, 2020
A Ham-Fisted Way of Getting Folks Back to Work
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1820 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Tourism

... The proposal is called Bill 80 ....

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Saturday, November 7, 2020
How HSTA Won ‘Work’ from Home at Kapolei HS
By News Release @ 9:37 PM :: 1608 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...teleworking for all staff, effective Wednesday, Nov. 4 through Wednesday, Nov. 11, with school facilities expected to reopen Nov. 12....

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Sunday, November 1, 2020
DLIR: Half of New Unemployment Claims Fraudulent
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 2160 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... measures were being taken to detect the fraudulent claims and turn them over to the appropriate authorities ....

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Monday, October 26, 2020
Hawaii gets 13 more weeks of unemployment
By News Release @ 11:19 PM :: 2128 Views :: Economy, Labor, COVID-19

... Federal-State Extended benefits begin Tuesday, Oct. 27 for Hawaii workers who have exhausted their state and federal jobless benefits ....

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Monday, October 26, 2020
Pension Debt: Hawaii Among 5 Worst
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 2014 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Five states continue to carry elevated long-term liability burdens above 20% of personal income in fiscal 2019, including Illinois (at 27% of personal income), Connecticut, New Jersey, Hawaii and Alaska. For all of them, pensions remain the driver of elevated liabilities....

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Friday, October 23, 2020
Rail and Bill 80 two peas in a pod
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:43 PM :: 1957 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Rail, Tourism

...Two examples of the old way of thinking, both in Honolulu....

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Monday, October 19, 2020
Bill 80 Imposes Rehiring Formula on Hotels
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:03 PM :: 2165 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Tourism

...rehire employees according to a strict formula based on an occupancy ratio....

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Sunday, October 11, 2020
Academic Leadership
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2075 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Labor, COVID-19

...an example of leadership in the face of the COVID-19 crisis....

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Saturday, October 10, 2020
27,000 Hawaii workers exhausted jobless benefits in September
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 2123 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii 2020 unemployment claims surpass 380,000 ....

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Employment Recovery: Nobody Lags Like Hawaii
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 2226 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

...Hawaii has recovered just 13% of the jobs lost since the start of the pandemic....

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Thursday, October 1, 2020
Doing the Job HGEA Cannot--DLIR Contractor Launches Unemployment Call Center
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 1544 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... 200 Trained Operators Will Answer Phones ....

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Saturday, September 26, 2020
Rep Tulsi Gabbard: Ban Vote Harvesting
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1936 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Office of Elections

...While some states have prohibited vote harvesting, many states lack any regulations that would stop third-parties from fraudulently collecting and mishandling ballots as has occurred in recent elections....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Pollyana approach not working
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:08 PM :: 1951 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... At the beginning of the year, our governor boasted about his efforts to put the state on a “sound financial footing.” What a difference a few months can make ....

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Friday, September 18, 2020
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 12.5% as Workers Leave Workforce
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 1969 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Jobs declined by 105,200 over-the-year....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Ige Appoints new Director and Deputy at DLIR
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 1887 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Meanwhile: Top Three Failure Reward: Former DLIR Director Scott Murakami takes job at DBEDT....

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Monday, September 14, 2020
Low Income Hawaii Workers Income Jumped in April and May
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 1920 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

...Hawaii was the second-most-dependent state on the additional $600 in unemployment benefits that expired at the end of July.....

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Friday, September 11, 2020
Hawaii Crime Boss Busted for Racketeering, Murder; Infiltrated Teamster Local
By Selected News Articles @ 8:20 PM :: 3569 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Law Enforcement

...Especially noteworthy is Miske’s involvement with unions, particularly International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 996, which represents drivers hired to do movie and television scenes....

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
HGEA Retaliation:  Hawaii Dept Of Health Whistle-blower Forced Out with Bogus Firearm Threat
By News Release @ 5:39 AM :: 4308 Views :: Ethics, Labor, COVID-19

... “Josh Green basically took her case to the Attorney General and presented to the Attorney General for whistleblower immunity,” Dr. Miscovich said ....

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Saturday, September 5, 2020
45 Companies--13,701 Layoffs Since Aug 1
By Selected News Articles @ 10:17 PM :: 3052 Views :: Economy, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

...These notices only represent announcements by companies in the state that have 100 or more employees....

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Saturday, September 5, 2020
Maui News workers seek to prevent outsourcing of community coverage
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 1813 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, Labor

...Ogden Newspapers is seeking the ability to have Mainland workers edit stories and design the pages....

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020
CARES Act: Ige Orders Refill of Unemployment Fund
By News Release @ 3:58 AM :: 1746 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...On July 31, 2020, Governor Ige returned SB126 with line item vetoes. Of the $321,000,000 that was struck from the bill the Governor intends to utilize the funding for the following priorities....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Ethics: DoH Employee Fined $25K for Running Private Business on State Time
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 2617 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor, Small Business

...DoH is too busy to respond to the State Auditor and too busy to organize contact tracing because they are working real estate deals on State time with the Board and Care home operators they regulate.  And their union wants them to be paid to 'work' from home again....

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Friday, August 28, 2020
DLIR: State Has Issued $2.9 Billion in Benefits Since March 1
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 1491 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

“We are still experiencing a significant increase of workers still attached to an employer being fully released from employment."

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
HGEA preparing COVID-19 class action grievance
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 1999 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...HGEA preparing COVID-19 class action grievance....

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Friday, August 21, 2020
Hawaii Unemployment 13.1% -- Thousands Quit Looking
By News Release @ 8:17 PM :: 2002 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... The unemployment rate would have been much higher except that there were nearly 30,000 fewer people in the labor force than a year ago ....

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Friday, August 14, 2020
Kishimoto Pushes Back Against HSTA 'Scare Tactics'
By News Release @ 4:17 AM :: 2289 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...Mr. Rosenlee encouraged teachers to show up for paid training days over the past two weeks, and now he is telling teachers not to show up for students. The union demanded this additional training for teachers, at a cost of nine fewer instructional days for students, but is trying to prevent students from having the same opportunity....

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Friday, August 14, 2020
HGEA: Pay us to 'work' at home again
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 1763 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...COVID surge prompts HGEA to tell Departments: Limit physical presence at worksites....

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