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Tuesday, June 1, 2021
HGEA Membership Approves Contract
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 3417 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 :: 3078 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 :: 1542 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 :: 1838 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 :: 1664 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 :: 3659 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 :: 1889 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 :: 1963 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 :: 1260 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 :: 3580 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 :: 4174 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 :: 3415 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 :: 1771 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 :: 3094 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 :: 2085 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 :: 1822 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 :: 1987 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 :: 2215 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 :: 2511 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

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

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Thursday, April 1, 2021
DLIR Update: $5.2B in Pandemic Benefits Paid
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 1955 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 :: 2159 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 :: 1583 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 :: 2195 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 :: 1948 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 :: 2286 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 :: 2022 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 :: 2420 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 :: 2355 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 :: 2439 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 :: 2256 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 :: 1880 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 :: 2293 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 :: 1784 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 :: 2134 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 :: 2224 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 :: 2823 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 :: 2557 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 :: 1691 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 :: 4183 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 :: 2103 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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Friday, February 12, 2021
DLIR Fixes Antique Computers--PEUC Checks Coming
By News Release @ 2:15 PM :: 2111 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 :: 2792 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 :: 2846 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 :: 3818 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 :: 3379 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 :: 2661 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 :: 2598 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 :: 3172 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 :: 2483 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 :: 2326 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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