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Sunday, April 19, 2020
UPW: We Like Sitting at Home Getting Paid--Do Not Reassign Us
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 4260 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

...we have still not received a response to the question posed as to whether employees who are redeployed are still eligible to benefit entitlements provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act....

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Sunday, April 19, 2020
HSTA Claims 20% Pay Cut Will be 'Implemented' June 1
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 2473 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

...After unions notified their members of the salary reduction idea Tuesday night, state officials informed union leaders the implementation date of the salary cuts has been delayed by at least one month, to June 1 instead of May 1.... 

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Sunday, April 19, 2020
UHPA: Ige Has No Right to Cut our Pay
By News Release @ 3:29 AM :: 2124 Views :: Higher Education, Labor, COVID-19

"...We want to reassure you that the Governor has no legal authority, right, or privilege to unilaterally negate or disregard our current Unit 7 contract...."

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
How Well-Funded Are Pension Plans in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:59 PM :: 2023 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii pension plan only 55% funded ranks 43rd among states....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
Rep Case, Legislators Challenge Ige on Union Pay Cuts
By News Release @ 3:56 AM :: 2114 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Representative Case says money from the CARES Act should be used for covering revenue losses....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Petition: Hawaii COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits Not Being Paid!
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 3180 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Department of Labor and Industrial Relations seem to have dropped the ball ....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
UNITE Here Local 5 -- "Safe Hotel Operations in Pandemic Conditions"
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 2084 Views :: Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

...Safe Hotels, Safe Hawaii Operational Guidelines for Safe Hotel Operations in Pandemic Conditions....

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Sunday, April 12, 2020
And We Aren’t Moving People Around Because?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2674 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...The emergency proclamation suspends several laws, including chapters 89 and 89C, HRS, relating to collective bargaining....

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Sunday, April 12, 2020
Hawaii 12.8% of Workforce on Unemployment
By Tax Foundation @ 4:46 AM :: 2151 Views :: Economy, Labor, COVID-19

...Hawaii Unemployment Comp funds will run out in 21 weeks....

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Friday, April 3, 2020
A Visual Guide to Unemployment Benefit Claims
By Tax Foundation @ 1:50 AM :: 2295 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

...8.9% of Hawaii's workforce was receiving or filing for unemployment as of March 28, 2020....

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Thursday, April 2, 2020
States with the Biggest Increase in Unemployment--Hawaii 15th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:49 PM :: 2414 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...unemployment claim increases for the week of March 23....

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Friday, March 27, 2020
Is Seattle a warning against Hawaii raising its minimum wage?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:08 PM :: 1812 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...with the coronavirus recession underway, raising the minimum wage is a bad idea....

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Saturday, March 21, 2020
Thanks to Virus, DoE Finally Achieves Goal of Eliminating All Standardized Testing
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 2378 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...HSTA revels in accountability-free utopia.  Hawaii college applicants will not be so lucky....

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
DoE Closes Schools Until April 7 After HSTA Files Grievance over COVID Plan
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 2690 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Labor

...Hawaii joins 39 states that have decided to close schools....

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Thursday, March 12, 2020
Minimum Wage Hike will Worsen Corona Virus Recession
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 2429 Views :: Economy, Labor, Small Business, Tourism

...Testimony on proposed minimum-wage increase....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Hawaii 8th-Safest Workplaces
By Selected News Articles @ 7:40 PM :: 1730 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...The Most Dangerous States to Work In....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Hawaii ILWU Official Sentenced for Tax Evasion, Identity Theft
By Selected News Articles @ 5:11 PM :: 2946 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Law Enforcement

...If government benefits were available, Nathan Lum made sure that he was going to receive some of them....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Raise Minimum Wage? What Hawaii Can Learn from Seattle
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:00 AM :: 3071 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...An expert on Seattle's experience will address 2 Hawaii events....

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
$13 Minimum Wage Passes Another Committee
By News Release @ 2:11 AM :: 2339 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...HB 2541 HD1 would make the state earned income tax credit refundable and permanent, and increase the refundable food/excise tax credit. In addition, the bill would increase the minimum wage....

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Friday, February 7, 2020
Hawaii: Few Disabled Working, Federal Benefits Unused
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 2150 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

...Hawaii reported an integrated employment rate of 2 percent, the lowest rate in the nation....

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Thursday, February 6, 2020
DoE Funds HSTA Pay Hike Propaganda 'Study'
By News Release @ 2:27 PM :: 2276 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Cost of Living

...The study was done by Augenblick, Palaich and Associates (APA), which (previously demonstrated its reliability by conducting) a salary study in 2014 for HIDOE and the Hawaii State Teachers Association....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
ILWU Boss Gets 30 Months for Theft
By News Release @ 11:45 PM :: 2339 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...Nathan Lum was the former division director of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142, Longshore Division (ILWU)....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Honolulu City Finances 3rd Worst in USA
By News Release @ 4:01 AM :: 2728 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Taxes

...While people have focused on the city’s $2.6 billion pension debt, its debt related to retiree health care benefits is almost as high at $2.2 billion....

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
Eight Bills Behind 'Joint Economic Package'
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 2353 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...Measures tackle housing, childcare, wage issues highlighted in ALICE report....

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Thursday, January 23, 2020
Hawaii Highest Union Membership in USA
By News Release @ 12:51 AM :: 1843 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii has the highest union membership rate at 23.5 percent....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Ige, Legislators Announce "Joint Economic Package"
By News Release @ 8:04 PM :: 3516 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

"...legislative package of bills to reduce income inequality...."

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
HSTA Pushing ANOTHER Massive Pay Hike with No Accountability
By Andrew Walden @ 2:21 PM :: 2768 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...HSTA got $45M in a contract reopener April 1, 2019.  On December 5, 2019 HSTA and DoE announced a massive pay hike for teachers working in so-called 'hard to fill' positions.  Now in a January 10, 2020, anouncement, the HSTA and Kishimoto are proposing to bump thousands of union members up five steps....

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Sunday, January 12, 2020
What Really Is a Minimum Wage?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2762 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...the reasons for an ever-increasing “living wage” have been a second tier topic of discussion....

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
Hawaii Female Salaries 82.6% of Male
By News Release @ 3:50 AM :: 2363 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $797, or 82.6 percent of the $965 median usual weekly earnings of their male counterparts....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Hawaii Unemployment Insurance System Ranks 28th in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 10:28 AM :: 2679 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

...Well-designed UI tax systems emphasize greater stability and predictability....

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Friday, December 13, 2019
HPD Settles Employment Discrimination Suit
By News Release @ 5:18 PM :: 2176 Views :: Labor, Police

...The Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission (HCRC) today announced the settlement of a complaint alleging employment discrimination by the Honolulu Police Department (“HPD”) on the basis of credit history and credit report.... 

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Yet Another Campaign for HSTA Pay Hikes
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 2592 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...Just 7 months after HSTA's last contract reopener....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Hawaiian Flight Attendants Vote to Authorize a Strike
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 2516 Views :: Labor, Tourism

...Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants today voted 99.9 percent to authorize a strike, with 95.1 percent participating....

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Saturday, October 26, 2019
Blocks 2/3 of Contractors from Bidding: Caldwell Allows Bill 37 to Become Law
By News Release @ 5:09 AM :: 3499 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...In the period between now and when Bill 37 becomes effective, the mayor will work with interested parties to rectify the issues concerning this bill....

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
HSTA wins award for tobacco control efforts
By News Release @ 7:23 PM :: 2785 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Labor

...teachers union says state should ban flavored vape products....

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
PLA measure is pilau
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:53 PM :: 3252 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

... What happens when a government tries to fix a system that isn’t broken? ....

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
Honolulu GOP: Veto Bill 37
By Brett Kulbis @ 3:22 PM :: 3026 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...Bill 37 amounts to a sweetheart deal for big union labor and will guarantee that the county will have to spend more on future infrastructure projects....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Bill 37: Why Contractors Should Compete
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:42 PM :: 2810 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...a proposed policy in Honolulu may prevent nonunion employers from bidding on government projects....

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Thursday, October 10, 2019
Council approves PLAs despite many concerns
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:59 PM :: 4007 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...After a public hearing, the Council approved the bill, 7-2, It now goes to the mayor....

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Hawaii’s One-Stop Solution for Professional Licensees Wins State Government Project Experience Award
By News Release @ 9:12 PM :: 3100 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...“A recent enhancement that allowed new applications to be submitted online has cut Guard Employee (GDE) processing time from 15 days to two!”....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Hawaii Public School Spending 16th Highest per Pupil
By Selected News Articles @ 12:05 AM :: 3764 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...and teachers salaries are the lowest in USA when adjusted for cost of living....

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Friday, September 20, 2019
Hawaii retiree health care severely underfunded
By News Release @ 4:37 AM :: 2602 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hawaii's OPEB plans are only 12.7 percent funded. Hawaii, like many others, treats OPEB on a pay-as-you-go basis, whereby benefits are paid when retirees receive the health care. This leaves future taxpayers stuck paying for OPEB benefits earned by current employees....

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Thursday, September 19, 2019
6 Months After Last Raise--DoE Begins Process of Hiking HSTA Pay Again
By News Release @ 4:34 PM :: 2784 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...Sham Public Meetings Begin Next Round of HSTA Pay Hike Deals....

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Monday, September 9, 2019
The Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 2462 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...The Small Business Caucus is hosting the first-ever panel of speakers at the Hawaii State Capitol to discuss the future of A.I. in Hawaii's economy....

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Monday, September 9, 2019
Matson pays the highest wages in Hawaii
By Michael Hansen @ 10:35 PM :: 3671 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...The relatively high median compensation level is probably related to Matson’s high degree of unionization....

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Friday, September 6, 2019
DHS Amends REAL ID Rules for Micronesia
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 3840 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Labor

...to Secure REAL ID Act-Compliant Identification for FAS Citizens....

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Friday, August 23, 2019
$15 Minimum Wage Differential for City & County of Honolulu Employees Ratified
By News Release @ 2:52 PM :: 3600 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...A supplemental agreement pilot project that provides a wage differential for City & County of Honolulu employees to make $15 an hour....

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Friday, August 23, 2019
Former union boss charged in massive fraud, embezzlement indictment
By News Release @ 2:43 PM :: 4172 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...Ahakuelo lead the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1260 until he was ousted three years ago after the union was placed under trusteeship....

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Friday, August 23, 2019
Deadline Nears to Block UHPA Political Fund Deductions
By News Release @ 4:46 AM :: 2637 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

...The UHPA Board of Directors has taken this action in response to the strong feelings held by some members that the union should not participate in making candidate endorsements or political contributions....

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Friday, August 9, 2019
How really to help low-income earners
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:40 PM :: 2830 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...Minimum wage hikes are often promoted as a way to help the less fortunate out of poverty. But are they really the best tool for the job?....

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