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Friday, June 29, 2018
Hawaii public unions must adapt to new reality
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:15 AM :: 3210 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...On Wednesday, the Court handed down its decision in Janus v. AFSCME....

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Supreme Court Rules Government Unions Cannot Force Workers to Pay Dues
By Selected News Articles @ 11:50 AM :: 3220 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...“This is the biggest victory for workers’ rights in a generation.”....

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
False Missile Alert: HGEA Members Sleeping on the Job
By Selected News Articles @ 11:39 AM :: 5293 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Military

...“On multiple occasions, I’ve observed them watching movies or TV shows.  Usually they are sitting around looking unoccupied. Approximately two weeks ago, it was reported to me by a staff member who came in early that they observed all three SWP staff on shift asleep.”....

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Monday, June 25, 2018
Kakaako Senate Race: HSTA, Moriwaki Co-Sponsor Homelessness Forum
By News Release @ 2:23 AM :: 4658 Views :: Homelessness, Labor, Politicians

...“Caring for Our Homeless Keiki: Some Things to Consider” this coming Tuesday, June 26 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Makiki Christian Church, 829 Pensacola St....

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Sunday, June 24, 2018
Travel Ban, Forced Union Dues Decisions Coming in Supreme Court's Final Week
By Selected News Articles @ 4:12 PM :: 3967 Views :: National News, Judiciary, Labor

...The union dues case, Janus v. AFSCME, is the latest challenge to a 1977 precedent called Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which allows public sector unions to collect fees from non-members....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Honolulu: Eleven Professions with no Money Left
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 3972 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...in some fields like Personal Care & Service and Food Preparation & Serving, Hawaii residents are left with debts ranging from $8,000 to $9,000.... 

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Leaves a Dinosaur-Sized Economic Footprint in State of Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 3778 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits

...The film generated more than $31 million in local economic activity and contributed more than $6.9 million in wages to over 1,200 local workers....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Local 5 Hotel Workers Endorse Ige--Firefighters Endorse Hanabusa
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 2926 Views :: Labor, Politicians

...Local 5 represents approximately 11,000 workers throughout Hawaii who work in the hospitality, health care and food service industries....

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Monday, June 18, 2018
Hawaii Hotel Workers Win Right to Refuse to Pay Union Dues
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 3654 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...The case was brought by several nonmember employees at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hawaii who received a letter from union officials demanding payment of dues for which the union had no legal claim....

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Friday, June 15, 2018
Special Ed: DoE Loses Class Action Suit Filed for 495 Students
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 5075 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Health Care, Labor

...495 young adults from Hawai'i will soon be receiving compensatory education and education-related services thanks to the recent settlement....

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
HGEA Endorses Hanabusa
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 3045 Views :: Labor, Politicians

...Really Obvious Question: Why should any politician help HGEA get a fatter contract?  Ige gave HGEA the Sun, Moon, and Stars and look how they repay him....

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Monday, June 11, 2018
​Public-Private Partnerships in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:41 PM :: 3921 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...how to ease barriers to public-private partnerships in the state, and the benefits that could result if done right....

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Sunday, June 10, 2018
Travel Ban? Janus? Supreme Court Poised for Blockbuster Finish
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 PM :: 4281 Views :: National News, Judiciary, Labor

...With the U.S. Supreme Court approaching the conclusion of its 2017 – 2018 term, the justices are expected to release a deluge of decisions in the coming weeks....

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Friday, June 8, 2018
UPW Endorses Ige, UHPA Endorses Hanabusa
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 4161 Views :: Democratic Party, Labor, Politicians

...HGEA still silent on Gubernatorial race....

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
Ige Releases $12M for Volcano Response
By News Release @ 10:06 PM :: 3362 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Labor

...costs for overtime, equipment and materials are mounting....

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Safest States--Hawaii Ranks 8th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 PM :: 2778 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...4th Fewest Fatal Occupational Injuries Per Total Workers....

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Discovering Hidden Hawaii Tours to Pay $570,000 To Settle EEOC Male-On-Male Sexual Harassment Suit
By News Release @ 1:34 AM :: 4624 Views :: Ethics, Family, Labor, Small Business

...Company President Sexually Harassed Male Employees for More Than a Decade, Federal Agency Says....

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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Lava disaster could worsen Hawaii pension crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:27 PM :: 3572 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Labor

...ERS director warns emergency overtime costs add to state's unfunded liabilities....

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
After a Few Months of Typing, HGEA Member Scores Lifetime 'Disability' Pension
By Robert Thomas @ 1:23 PM :: 4464 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...with 10 years of back payments thanks to a 3-2 decision of the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Hawaii Teachers Union Backs Campagna Over Gabbard for Congress
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 5633 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Labor, Politicians

...U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, has not defended human and civil rights during her time in Congress. She was one of just three representatives, and the only Democrat who refused to condemn Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s genocidal chemical attack on his own people....

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Thursday, May 17, 2018
How Well-Funded are Pension Plans in Your State? -- Hawaii 45th
By Tax Foundation @ 5:56 PM :: 3498 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... the Hawaii ERS is only 51% funded -- 5th worst in USA ....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Ige Unveils Security Features Designed to Make it Harder for HGEA Members to Have Sex With Mental Patients or Let Them Escape
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 4000 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Law Enforcement

...patients and staff expected to occupy the new building in 2021....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Launch a Career? Honolulu Lowest Starting Salaries in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 AM :: 3661 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...Honolulu and Pearl City tie Sta Rosa, Ca and Rancho Cucamonga, Ca for lowest monthly avg starting salaries adjusted for cost of living....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Ninth Circuit’s Equal Pay Decision Requires Hawaii Employers to Reexamine Pay Structures
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 AM :: 2853 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...In the case, Rizo v. Yovino, the court determined that the EPA bars employers from relying on past wage or salary history as a justification for pay disparities....

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Sunday, May 13, 2018
HSTA Again Selects Ige as Governor
By News Release @ 12:26 AM :: 3484 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Politicians

...he worked with HSTA for days at the bargaining table. Sometimes he stayed up with us until 3 a.m.... 

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Friday, May 11, 2018
Inflation Making Minimum Wage Irrelevant
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:54 PM :: 2739 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...Hawaii’s Legislature did not approve a higher minimum wage this year....

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Friday, May 4, 2018
Legislators Save Union Bosses from not-yet-written Janus Decision
By Andrew Walden @ 8:39 PM :: 4241 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...Worried about “maintaining a favorable political and social environment” legislators have approved two bills and one resolution designed to force union members to keep paying dues....

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Monday, April 23, 2018
HSTA: Our Slush Fund is on the Ballot Nov 6
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 4490 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...​HSTA Slush Fund Unlimited Tax Increases in Your Future....

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Friday, April 20, 2018
Boom Over? Hawaii Construction Employment Drops
By News Release @ 2:03 PM :: 4470 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

...Hawaii lost 1.9 percent of construction jobs between February and March....

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Hawaii occupational licensing laws 'headed in wrong direction'
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:23 PM :: 3344 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

...Grassroot Institute president urges removal of barriers to economic mobility....

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
DBEDT: US average labor earnings higher than Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:03 AM :: 3206 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...and these figures are not adjusted for cost of living....

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Monday, April 9, 2018
HSTA Bosses Reelected without Opposition
By News Release @ 10:47 PM :: 3048 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...HSTA State Leadership Team to Serve through 2021....

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Friday, April 6, 2018
Mandatory paid sick leave wrong medicine for Hawaii economy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:16 PM :: 3317 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...There are currently three different bills still alive that would require local companies to give all employees paid sick leaves: HB 1727, HB 2598 and SB 2990 ....

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Thursday, April 5, 2018
Grassroot: Low unemployment masks Hawaii’s unhealthy economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:37 PM :: 4083 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor

....Grassroot president says high taxes, regulations discourage higher-paying jobs....

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Thursday, April 5, 2018
Ethics: City Supervisor Caught Working Second Job on City Time
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 4182 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Labor

...reimbursed the city in the amount of $1,891.20 approximately 62 hours of city time....

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Monday, April 2, 2018
$30K Per Resident: Hawaii Worst OPEB Liability in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:16 PM :: 3563 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities, 2017 surveys the more than 100 state-administered post-employment benefit plans, such as health insurance, Medicare advantage, life insurance, and other non-pension benefits....

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Friday, March 30, 2018
How much privacy for public employees?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:35 PM :: 3008 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

......HB1768 would disclose salary information about government workers in the form of ranges, as opposed to exact compensation....

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
HB2117: HSTA Pushes Bill to Outlaw Standardized Testing
By News Release @ 12:43 PM :: 3814 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...The bill has passed the House and will be heard today at 3:10pm in the Senate Education Committee in Room 229 at the state Capitol....

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Friday, March 16, 2018
Hawaii Legislative Session: Victories and Challenges for Small Business
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 3135 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...from National Federation of Independent Business-Hawaii....

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Friday, March 9, 2018
Janus: Abolishing mandatory fees could help unions
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:53 PM :: 3261 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...Will Hawaii’s public unions lose power if their membership dues become voluntary under a pending Supreme Court ruling in the case known as Janus v. AFSCME?....

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Thursday, March 8, 2018
VIDEO: What happens if Hawaii becomes a Right-to-Work State Tomorrow?
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 5908 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...Panelists included: Tony Gill, partner at Gill Zukeran & Sgan Robert Alt, president of the Buckeye Institute....

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Monday, March 5, 2018
Report: Failing DoE Holds Back Hawaii's Progress Towards Eco-Socialism
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 5880 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Higher Education, Homelessness, Labor

...View Details of all Hawaii Goals, Targets, & Indicators....

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Monday, March 5, 2018
Effort to Digitize Records Stopped Cold by Outdated State Computers--But Still Cuts Wait Time for Workers’ Comp Hearings in Half
By Selected News Articles @ 5:58 PM :: 3705 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...Thousands of files have been digitized at the state’s disability compensation program. However, they need hardware with capacity for more storage to continue progress....

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Monday, February 26, 2018
Supreme Court Justices Excoriate Union Lawyers Defending Forced Dues
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 PM :: 3830 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...The immense political influence of public sector unions appeared imperiled Monday, as several justices of the U.S. Supreme Court grilled labor lawyers over the constitutionality of mandatory union dues....

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
ERS Fires Investment Officer After Losses on VIX Puts
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 PM :: 5260 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Chattergy told WSJ Hawaii will continue to sell these put contracts, convinced the income will offset market turbulence....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Honolulu Rail Creates One Tenth of Jobs Promised
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 7:33 PM :: 3984 Views :: Labor, Rail

...HART rail is being built one segment at a time by a single builder, instead of having, say 4 builders building 5 miles each, simultaneously....

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Friday, February 9, 2018
2018 Employment Bills Introduced
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 3100 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...Want to know what labor and employment bills will be considered during this year’s legislative session?....

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Friday, February 9, 2018
Minimum Wage: Good intentions don’t always equal good policy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:38 PM :: 3173 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...SB2291 would raise the minimum wage in Hawaii to $15 an hour by 2020....

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Thursday, February 8, 2018
Ige Appoints Leonard Hoshijo to Head DLIR
By News Release @ 1:30 AM :: 2943 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hoshijo served as education and political director with the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters. He also worked for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union for 26 years....

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Ige Asks Legislators to 'Governmentize' Services
By Joe Kent @ 4:11 AM :: 3706 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...HB 2368 and SB 2795 would begin replacing private contractors with civil service employees....

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