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Monday, June 27, 2016
Major Unions Endorse Djou for Mayor
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 3394 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Rail

...The unions endorsing Djou were the first unions to support Kirk Caldwell for mayor in 2010 and backed Caldwell again in 2012....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
Privatization: 20 Years of UPW Garbage in Hawaii’s Courts
By Selected News Articles @ 10:02 PM :: 4173 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care, Judiciary, Labor

20 years ago, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that an agreement between the County of Hawaii and a private contractor for the operation of a county landfill violated civil service laws....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Hanabusa Uses Teachers to Open Door to More Lobbyist 'Gifts' to Legislators
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 5409 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...Hanabusa pointed out that the same issues underlying the disagreement over teacher travel and education trips are also involved in applying the gift provisions of the ethics code to legislators....

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
HGEA Announces Primary Election Endorsements
By News Release @ 4:46 AM :: 3419 Views :: Labor, Politicians

...the state’s largest labor union, announced its endorsed candidates for the 2016 Primary Election today....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Maui: Half of Overtime Goes to 376 Police Officers
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:00 PM :: 4203 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Police

“We looked at the payroll from July 2014 to June 2015"

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Court Lifts Stay—Allows Maui Hospital Privatization to Proceed
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 3262 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...negotiations continue and the order still prevents the parties from actually closing the transaction....

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Sunday, June 05, 2016
What Will We Do Next for Maui Hospital Workers?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3139 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"All patients of all ages will be negatively impacted by service cuts, so please support privatization.”

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Thursday, June 02, 2016
ESSA 2016 Hawaii Education Summit
By News Release @ 4:38 AM :: 3163 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m....

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Honolulu Third-Fastest Construction Job Growth
By News Release @ 3:31 PM :: 4401 Views :: Development, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Honolulu Metro Area Hits All-Time April Construction Employment High as Employers add 5,000 New Jobs....

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Full Text: Attorney General Asks 9th Circuit to Lift Stay on Maui Memorial Privatization
By News Release @ 10:08 AM :: 2992 Views :: Health Care, Labor

...Will HGEA/UPW $40M Shakedown stand up in court?....

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Sunday, May 22, 2016
HSTA announces recommendations for Hawaii State House and Senate primary races
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 3048 Views :: Labor, Politicians

The HSTA recommends the following candidates....

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Friday, May 20, 2016
Full Text: Eric Gill Sued by Local 5 Dissidents
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 3094 Views :: Labor

...While serving in his capacity as President of Local 5 Plaintiff was suspended from his office in retaliation for criticism of Gill....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
BoE Strips Student Performance out of Teacher Evaluations
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 2843 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"Discarding standardized testing in teacher evaluations"

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Temporary Injunction Blocks Maui Hospital Privatization
By News Release @ 1:55 AM :: 3475 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

Today’s order lasts only until September 30, 2016, unless sooner terminated by the Court. The Court also ordered the parties to the lawsuit to file a joint status report on or before June 30, 2016....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Hawaii Painters Business Agent Pleads Guilty in $1.5M Theft
By Selected News Articles @ 1:38 AM :: 3714 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Small Business

...he diverted client money to his own personal use over a 17-year period....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Jalousie Work: After 10 Years Union Lawsuit Ends
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 3416 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Small Business

The dispute began when the painters and glazers’ union complained to the State Contractors License Board that the contractors hired to renovate Lanakila Elementary School in 2005 were installing jalousie windows....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Full Text: IBEW International Details Charges Against Ahakuelo
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 3819 Views :: Ethics, Labor

The Business Manager and other members of the staff, including several family members of the Business Manager, submitted and/or were reimbursed for numerous expenses that were not authorized by Local 1260 and/or were for personal expenses for which no legitimate union business was conducted....

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
After more than a decade of West Coast disruptions, shippers are wising up
By Michael Hansen @ 2:34 PM :: 2580 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

After a decade of ILWU disruption, shippers are routing more cargo through U.S. Gulf and East Coast ports....

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Thursday, May 05, 2016
Judge Awards EEOC $7.6M in Case Against Farm Labor Contractor Global Horizons
By News Release @ 7:28 PM :: 2670 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

"...most likely symbolic, as it is apt to be uncollectable...."

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Friday, April 15, 2016
Ige Appoints Task Force on ‘Every Student Succeeds Act’
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 3172 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Ige has appointed Darrel Galera as chairman of the Governor’s ESSA team....

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Thursday, April 14, 2016
States Employ Temporary Workers, But Often Know Little About Them
By Selected News Articles @ 6:32 PM :: 2658 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

The investigative division at the Hawaii Attorney General’s Office relies heavily on retired law enforcement officers hired as temps....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Don’t Let the Opt-Out of Common Core Testing Movement Fool You
By NCPA @ 3:19 PM :: 2935 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...teacher unions are flat out against this because they do not want their members held accountable....

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Friday, April 08, 2016
9th Circuit Judges Consider Blocking Maui Hospital Privatization
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 AM :: 3863 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

A federal judge refused the unions' request for an emergency stay in February, leading to Wednesday showdown in the Ninth Circuit....

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Judges Lobby to Pause Hospital Privatization
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 2275 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit lobbied hard Wednesday for Hawaii to pause its plan to privatize money-pit hospitals on Maui and Lanai....

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Friday, April 01, 2016
For California Teacher Taking on Unions, Supreme Court Ruling Isn’t the End of Her Case
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:24 PM :: 2790 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

After Friedrichs’ legal team files the petition for rehearing, they expect the court to hold the petition until a new justice is confirmed....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Stevedores Shutdown Matson Oakland Terminal
By Michael Hansen @ 5:25 PM :: 3294 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...a dispute about starting times....

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Sunday, March 27, 2016
HB1739: Boss Can Demand Your Social Media Passwords
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 AM :: 3948 Views :: First Amendment, Labor, Small Business

...the bill provides a pretext for employers to demand employee passwords in the case of a suspected data breach....

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Friday, March 11, 2016
The Best—and Worst—States for Workers with Disabilities
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 3079 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

... In Hawaii 42.4% of people ages 18-64 with disabilities are employed, 8th highest in USA ....

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Guards Union: Airport Security Contractor Illegally Holding Money Which Belongs to Workers
By News Release @ 1:04 PM :: 3284 Views :: Ethics, Labor

Securitas negotiated a new Airport Contract with the Hawaii Department of Transportation, Airport Division and included the wage increases as requested by IUSPO....

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Monday, February 22, 2016
Grassroot Salutes Court Decision Protecting Maui Hospital Plan
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:44 PM :: 2961 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...Watchdog group expresses hope that there will be no more roadblocks to better patient care....

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
Full Text Court Order: UPW May Not Block Maui Hospital Privatization
By Selected News Articles @ 2:58 AM :: 3054 Views :: Health Care, Labor

A federal judge rejected United Public Workers' emergency request to stay a law that privatizes three Hawaii hospitals and strips some 500 workers of civil-service protections....

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
ADP Anyone? State RFP Seeks Proposals to Modernize Payroll, Attendance Systems
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 2362 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...serving more than 75,000 full- and part-time employees statewide....

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Friday, February 12, 2016
HGEA to Protest Against Hawaii Republican Party
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 3015 Views :: Labor, Republican Party

The state's largest government employees union has just announced plans to protest at a Hawaii Republican party event Tuesday, February 16 at the Ko'olau Ballrooms....

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Friday, February 12, 2016
Federal Court: Unions Can't Stop Maui Hospital Privatization
By Selected News Articles @ 2:30 PM :: 2817 Views :: Health Care, Labor

U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor refused to block the privatization after discussion on Feb. 9....

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016
HB1886: Oshiro v Friedrichs to Save HGEA from Open Shop?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:01 PM :: 3250 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...require the state to disburse funds to an exclusive bargaining representative pursuant to a contract between a union and the state's department of budget and finance....

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Friday, February 05, 2016
Hawaii Union Membership Slips to 20.4%
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 2698 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

22.1 -- 21.8 -- 20.4% ...

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
2015: Hawaii Adds Most Construction Jobs Per Capita
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 2421 Views :: Labor, Rail
Hawaii added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year (15.5 percent, 4,800 jobs)....
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Friday, January 22, 2016
Fatal work injuries -- 31 in Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:04 PM :: 2606 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Of the 31 fatal work injuries reported in Hawaii in 2014, 14 resulted from transportation incidents and 7 from falls, slips, or trips....

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Full Text: Ige Signs Agreement Privatizing Maui Hospitals
By News Release @ 8:36 PM :: 3634 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...transferring the operation and management of the HHSC Maui Region health care facilities from the state to Kaiser Permanente....

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Monday, January 11, 2016
From Inside the Supreme Court, the Key Exchanges on a Case Pitting Unions vs. First Amendment
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:45 PM :: 3271 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

This morning, the Supreme Court heard a challenge to the requirement in California that government employees, such as public school teachers, pay fees to the local union even if they choose not to join the union....

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Saturday, January 09, 2016
Plantation Era: They Came With Hope
By Joni Kamiya @ 3:55 PM :: 3720 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii History, Labor

I don’t know whether or not I want to cry or scream today....

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Friedrichs v CTA: Will Supreme Court End Mandatory Union Membership for Government Employees Nationwide?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:48 PM :: 2920 Views :: Labor

The nine teachers who are suing their union in Friedrichs v. CTA are doing so because they believe that many union stances taken in collective bargaining are bad for public schoolteachers and bad for the children they teach....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Jones Act Unions file protest over crewing of APL Guam
By Michael Hansen @ 4:16 AM :: 4215 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...a labor dispute over the manning of the U.S. Flag containership APL GUAM which is scheduled to provide regular liner service between Yokohama, Japan, Apra Harbor, Guam, and Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands....

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Airport Division Turned Blind Eye to Sex Harassment
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 3409 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

A federal jury on Tuesday found the state of Hawaii and the Hawaii Department of Transportation's airports division violated a former employee's civil rights....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
2016: Unemployment Taxes to Drop 26%
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 3302 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Improved Rates Projected to Save Employers $50 Million....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Christmas Comes Early for Teachers’ Unions With No Child Left Behind Rewrite
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:51 PM :: 3332 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The Every Student Succeeds Act passed the Senate by a margin of 85 – 12 and in the U.S. House by a vote of 359-64 in late November (this included every Democrat who voted in both the House and Senate)....

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Sunday, November 29, 2015
Vote-by-Mail: Old-Boy Trick to Disenfranchise Independent Voters?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:43 PM :: 3511 Views :: Labor, Office of Elections, GMOs

in 2014 the difference in voting pattern between absentee voters and Election Day voters was as much as 37.2% ...

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Friday, November 20, 2015
Kauai County Now Hiring Dopers—Maui is ACLU’s Next Target
By News Release @ 3:41 PM :: 4050 Views :: Kauai County, Labor, Drugs

Maui County continues to require drug tests as a condition of employment....

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Friday, November 06, 2015
On Keystone: The President Has Thrown Working People Under the Bus of His Legacy
By News Release @ 7:50 PM :: 3051 Views :: Environment, Labor

After a seven-year circus of cowardly delay, the President's decision to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline is just one more indication of an utter disdain and disregard for salt-of-the-earth, middle-class working Americans....

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Half a Million Dollars of Public Pension Money Paid to Dead People in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:13 AM :: 3290 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...at least 134 deceased persons received over-payments from the Employee Retirement System, with some over-payments in excess of $50,000....

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