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Friday, September 12, 2014
DLIR Retakes Occupational Safety Job from OSHA
By News Release @ 12:50 AM :: 3277 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...OSHA and HIOSH have shared regulatory responsibility for Hawaii per an Operational Status Agreement that went into effect in September 2012....

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Monday, September 08, 2014
Islamic Gulen Cult Pours Money into Takai Campaign
By Andrew Walden @ 12:16 AM :: 8034 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Military, Politicians

Cult members laboring for the Imam under "Tuzuk contracts" are obligated to kick back all of their salaries beyond a bare minimum needed to survive....

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Teachers in Honolulu Lowest Adjusted Salary in USA
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 4012 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The median adjusted salaries in the 60 metro areas range from $32,312 in Honolulu, Hawaii to $73,078 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin....

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014
UHPA Approves Abercrombie $32M Gift Contract with 99% 'Yes' Vote
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 3262 Views :: Higher Education, Labor
(Flashback June 27, 2014: Abercrombie Rewards UHPA's Campaign Support with $32M -- 'Unprecedented' Early Contract)
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Tuesday, September 02, 2014
HGEA, Legislature Force More State Employees into Union
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 2570 Views :: Labor

Since 2003, efforts have been made to facilitate the conversion of exempt positions to civil service in the Executive Branch of state government....

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Sunday, August 31, 2014
At First, Takai Voted For the Pension Tax 'Every Time'
By Andrew Walden @ 11:21 PM :: 5430 Views :: Labor, Politicians, Taxes

Even weeks after angry kupuna and union members began crowding committee hearings to protest, Takai voted 'aye' for the pension tax bill HB1092 HD1....

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
DLIR Snapshot of State's 662,150 Workers
By News Release @ 10:46 PM :: 3010 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The largest occupational groups in Hawaii are retail sales followed by general office clerks and cashiers....

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Study: Hawaii 'Ban the Box' Law Reduces Crime
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 5025 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Justice Reinvestment, Labor, Law Enforcement

Statistics show that without income from a paying job an ex-offender often will return to criminal activity....

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Saturday, August 23, 2014
HART: Only 743 Local Jobs Created by Rail Work
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 3771 Views :: Labor, Rail

September 14, 2011: "The city initially claimed that rail would create 17,000 new jobs during the construction phase..."

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Friday, August 22, 2014
Duncan Announces One Year Delay in Teacher Evaluations
By News Release @ 3:55 AM :: 2752 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...I believe testing issues today are sucking the oxygen out of the room....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
DHS Fraud Investigator Allegedly Worked for TSA on State Time
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 4590 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Labor, Law Enforcement
... charged with Theft in the Second Degree for receiving unearned compensation from the State of Hawaii from 2008 through 2012....
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Yakuza? Triads? Technicalities Shred $50M Racketeering Suit Against Pro-Rail Hawaiian Stabilization Fund
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 5089 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Labor, Rail

...Judge Chen found that all of the union members' allegations regarding the Hawaiian Stabilization Fund involve state-law causes of action over which the federal court has no jurisdiction....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Accountability: DoE Identifies Almost All Teachers as Effective
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 2942 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...0.2 percent of teachers were rated unsatisfactory, which means teachers do not show evidence of effective teacher practice, positive student outcomes....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
Not Red Hot: Hawaii Construction Employment Drops 1.4%
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 3528 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

...Rail boss Grabauskas blames "red hot" construction market for rail cost overruns, but....

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Friday, August 15, 2014
Non-Teachers Make Up Half of Public School Workforce
By NCPA @ 10:28 AM :: 2440 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...25 percent of education expenditures going to non-teacher salaries and benefits....

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
UPW Scores Massive Pay Hikes After Disrupting Honolulu Ambulance Service
By News Release @ 6:47 PM :: 7140 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor

Field Operation Supervisors

  • Current: $70,692-$80,388
  • New: $89,860-$102,185
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Obama Executive Order to Screen Unions, Federal Contractors for Labor Law Violations
By NCPA @ 1:37 PM :: 2237 Views :: Labor

...Labor Compliance Advisors -- appointed by each government agency -- will decide whether the contractors have shown a "lack of integrity or business ethics."....

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Monday, August 11, 2014
2 PRP Candidates Win, 3 More Head to General
By News Release @ 10:57 PM :: 3725 Views :: Labor, Politicians, Rail

... News Release from PRP Frontgroup "Forward Progress" ....

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Candidate Forced by UH to Take Leave Without Pay
By Selected News Articles @ 10:05 PM :: 5373 Views :: Higher Education, Labor, Politicians

...J N Musto, Executive Director of UHPA indicated that they had been fighting the contract language for 30 years and did reach an agreement that UH professors could maintain their position while campaigning....

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Will $150M Obamacare Tax Lead to ILWU Strike?
By Michael Hansen @ 10:35 PM :: 3497 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...Potentially, consumers in Hawaii and Alaska could pick up the tab for Obamacare excise tax....

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Monday, August 04, 2014
WaPo: Union freakouts are hurting the hunt for good teachers
By NCPA @ 1:58 PM :: 2814 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... the debate over evaluations has been full of false information ....

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Roofers: Obamacare Threatens Union Health Plan
By News Release @ 4:27 PM :: 3054 Views :: Health Care, Labor

"The ACA is threatening to dismantle multi-employer health and welfare funds that provide affordable, high-quality health care...."

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Ige Renews Oath of Fealty to HSTA
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 3765 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Politicians

As your Governor, I will work with the Board to immediately place a hold on the components of the Educator Effectiveness System....

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Friday, July 25, 2014
Retiree Healthcare: Hawaii's $3.5B Magic Trick
By Selected News Articles @ 4:36 PM :: 4341 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...Can anything be in worse condition than unfunded government pensions? Unfortunately, yes – and it’s called OPEB....

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
$15.45B Report: 560 Big Construction Projects for Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 3763 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Rail

...we identified significant public and private infrastructure projects that are “on the books” over the next 20 years....

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
High Cost of Big Labor: Hawaii Pension Debt
By News Release @ 2:04 PM :: 3052 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The High Cost of Big Labor looks at the economic impact of labor policies on U.S. states....

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Sunday, July 20, 2014
HB2427: One Stroke of the Pen
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3471 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Labor

...the CLEAR facility is located at UH West Oahu, and that campus testifies that it is okay with scrapping the CLEAR fund....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
SHOPO Endorses Janet Grace for State House
By News Release @ 2:27 AM :: 2991 Views :: Labor, Politicians

Grace is the Republican candidate for the Waikiki-Ala Moana seat currently held by Democrat Tom Brower, who gained international notoriety last year for using a sledgehammer to smash shopping carts used by the homeless....

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Hawaii Symphony announces two-year agreement with Musicians
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 2789 Views :: Labor, Tourism

The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Musicians Association of Hawaii are pleased to announce a two-year agreement that will run through June 30, 2016....

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Friday, July 11, 2014
State Department documents rise in human trafficking
By Malia Zimmerman @ 9:36 PM :: 3580 Views :: Agriculture, Labor, Law Enforcement

The International Labor Organization says agricultural workers are among the most vulnerable....

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Friday, July 11, 2014
Hawaii 3rd Highest Unemployment Rate for Mentally Ill Persons
By News Release @ 5:28 AM :: 3139 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

Approximately 60 percent of the 7.1 million people receiving public mental health services nationwide want to work....

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Unfunded liabilities leave HI taxpayers ‘drowning in debt,’ fiscal watchdog says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:39 PM :: 4121 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...the administration “performing a $4 billion magic trick”....

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Monday, July 07, 2014
Small steps to turn government workers into stakeholders
By Rachelle Chang @ 9:55 PM :: 2346 Views :: Labor
How can we make government workers and taxpayers feel like part of the same team?
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Sunday, July 06, 2014
Winner and Still Champ! Oh, No!!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3708 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

The old saying "nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there" seems to sum up employment conditions in Hawaii....

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Thursday, July 03, 2014
Must Hawaii Employers Preserve Absent Employees Positions Indefinitely?
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 2852 Views :: Labor, Small Business

The First Circuit Court of Hawaii will have to decide whether employers in the state have a legal obligation to preserve an employee’s original position indefinitely ....

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014
First Amendment Victory: Supreme Court Rules Against Union Taking Dues From Non-Members
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:53 AM :: 2747 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an important victory for participants in home-health care programs....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
Union apologizes for attacks on former Hawaii governor in lawsuit settlement
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:08 PM :: 4043 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Labor, Politicians

Cayetano sued to clear his name after PRP Hawaii spent $2 million on a media campaign against him....

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Saturday, June 28, 2014
Nanakuli House Candidate Andria Tupola wins SHOPO Endorsement
By News Release @ 12:04 AM :: 3564 Views :: Labor, Politicians

A published analysis by a senior political reporter for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser rates Andria Tupola as the GOP’s best young prospect....

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Friday, June 27, 2014
Abercrombie Rewards UHPA's Campaign Support with $32M -- 'Unprecedented' Early Contract
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 5219 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

...the agreement would cost $32 million over two years, a cost that needs to be approved by the Legislature.....

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Friday, June 27, 2014
Sledgehammer Tom Brower Loses Key HSTA Endorsement
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 3160 Views :: Labor, Politicians

Brower has lost the confidence of the groups and individuals who once supported him....

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Monday, June 23, 2014
Hawaii Teachers 3rd-Best Paid in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 4385 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The top districts for paying teachers with a bachelor’s degree and five years of experience are Chicago ($62,046), New York ($52,278), Hawaii ($50,728)....

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Saturday, June 21, 2014
HGEA Refuses to Endorse Governor, CD1 Candidates
By News Release @ 5:29 AM :: 3730 Views :: Labor, Politicians

An “open” endorsement means the union does not endorse a candidate....

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
California Diminishes Union Power in Schools
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:34 AM :: 2620 Views :: Education K-12, Labor
...Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu struck down five California laws that govern the hiring and firing of teachers....
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Monday, June 16, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Members to BLNR, HTA
By News Release @ 8:14 PM :: 3949 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Land Use, Tourism

Both are interim appointments subject to state Senate approval....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
You're corrupt so you have no right to say I'm corrupt!
By News Release @ 6:25 PM :: 5922 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Labor, Politicians, Rail

...Cayetano had claimed PRP's ad campaign tarnished his reputation by unfairly portraying him as corrupt for accepting about $500,000 in illegal campaign contributions during the Democrat's narrow re-election victory over Linda Lingle....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
Teacher Tenure: Unconstitutional?
By NCPA @ 2:29 PM :: 2687 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

A California state judge ruled on Tuesday that granting a teacher tenure after less than two years in a teaching position is unconstitutional....

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Thursday, June 12, 2014
DoE Eases Teacher Evaluation Requirements
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 3020 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The changes reflect the DOE’s commitment to reduce burden on teachers and administrators....

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Thursday, June 12, 2014
DoE Forms Principals Roundtable with HGEA
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 3184 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

After a recruitment and selection process of nearly two months, the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is announcing a new Deputy Superintendent’s Principal Roundtable....

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Monday, June 09, 2014
Hawaii Rated Worst State to Make a Living 2014
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 3945 Views :: Labor, Cost of Living

...a cost of living more than 50 percent higher than the norm makes it very difficult to make a decent living....

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Monday, June 09, 2014
The Surprising States That Have Greater Income Inequality
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:25 PM :: 3559 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The income gap between rich and poor tends to be wider in blue states than in red states....

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