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Thursday, June 23, 2022
HSTA primary election endorsements
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 2154 Views :: Democratic Party, Labor, Politicians

... Hawaii State Teachers Association recommendations for Hawaii State House and Senate candidates in the upcoming 2022 primary election ....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Ige Signs Minimum Wage Hike, makes Earned Income Tax Credit Refundable
By News Release @ 11:22 PM :: 2081 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits

... Act 114 increases the minimum wage to $12.00 per hour starting Oct. 1, 2022 ....

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Monday, June 20, 2022
Hawaii Loses 4.3% of Construction Jobs
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 2246 Views :: Development, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii lost 1,600 construction jobs, -4.3 percent, the largest percentage loss in USA ....

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Sunday, June 19, 2022
Hawaii's labor force participation rate increasing, jobs report shows
By Selected News Articles @ 5:08 PM :: 2057 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii's labor force increased by 7,400 people from May 2021 to May 2022 ....

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Saturday, June 18, 2022
Evidence keeps rolling in against proposed minimum-wage increase
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:42 PM :: 1783 Views :: Labor, Small Business

“...Evidence of the Unintended Labor Scheduling Implications of the Minimum Wage....”

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Thursday, June 16, 2022
Hawaii Unemployment Rate 4.2% for May
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 1563 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 4.2 percent, compared to the revised rate of 4.1 percent in April ....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 9:49 PM :: 1848 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... Stacker compiled a list of the counties with the highest unemployment rate in Hawaii using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ....

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Saturday, June 11, 2022
Hawaii Per-Capita Pension Liability 4th Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:04 PM :: 1799 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii per-capita pension liability $39,939.43 ....

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Audit: 50 Years of UPW Overtime Games at DPS
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:40 PM :: 2158 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Labor, Law Enforcement

... Nearly 30 years ago, in our 1992 report, we had raised concerns about the quality of the data used by the department (and nothing has changed since) ....

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Thursday, June 2, 2022
Biden Mandates Project Labor Agreements, 73% of Contractors will Stop Bidding
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 1536 Views :: Development, Labor

... Seventy-three percent of surveyed firms report they are currently bidding on federal construction projects valued at $35 million or more. Yet the same percentage, 73 percent, report they would not bid on those projects if a project labor agreement were required....

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Friday, May 20, 2022
Unemployment Bounce Back? Hawaii Ranks 48th
By Selected News Articles @ 7:45 PM :: 1683 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... Recovery from Unemployment (2022 April vs 2020 January) -- Hawaii 51st ....

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Friday, May 20, 2022
Legislative Session: 50-50 for Small Business
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 1432 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... relief, disappointment on four bills ....

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Friday, May 20, 2022
Gov. Ige urged to review new research before deciding on minimum-wage hike
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:56 PM :: 1770 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... A popular 2010 study claiming minimum-wage hikes do not cause ‘economic shocks’ has just been reanalyzed and overturned ....

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Friday, May 20, 2022
Hawaii Unemployment 4.2%
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 1606 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... in comparison with March 2020 (last month prior to pandemic effects), nonfarm jobs were down by 50,000, or -7.6% ....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Mental Health Workers Strike Kaiser Hawaii Facilities
By News Release @ 6:11 AM :: 3095 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Drugs

... Clinicians schedule statewide strike starting May 18 to force changes at HMO that serves 260,000 Hawaii residents ....

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Unemployment Bounce Back? Honolulu Ranks 156th
By Selected News Articles @ 6:19 PM :: 1644 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... employee base permanently reduced by COVID? ....

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Saturday, April 30, 2022
42% of Private Sector Working Remotely as of August, 2021
By News Release @ 1:36 PM :: 1657 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... Workers with a bachelor’s or graduate degree also tended to work remotely (72.2%) versus those without a bachelor’s degree (48.2%)....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022
SB2819: Teacher pay bill emerges from conference committees
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 2426 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... $7,000 pay hike and more fake 'professional development' time to escape actual teaching ....

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Friday, April 15, 2022
Unemployment Bounceback? Hawaii Ranks 50th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:49 PM :: 1477 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... In order to identify the states whose unemployment rates are bouncing back most, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia ....

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Thursday, April 14, 2022
Hawaii Unemployment 4.1% for March
By News Release @ 9:23 PM :: 1416 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... total nonagricultural jobs decreased by 300 over-the-month ....

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Sunday, April 10, 2022
UHPA: UH Faculty Approve 14.35% Pay Hike
By News Release @ 6:24 PM :: 2264 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

...Increases salaries by 14.35% compounded over the three years, not including the one-time 1% bonus--99.1% vote to approve....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Minimum Wage Hike a good way to put more people out of work
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:16 PM :: 1395 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... HB2510 HD2 SD1 that proposes increasing Hawaii’s mandatory minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2026 while reducing the tip credit to zero over the same period ....

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Sunday, April 3, 2022
Sylvia Luke Buys Lt Governorship by Giving Lots of Money to HSTA
By Andrew Walden @ 9:15 PM :: 2765 Views :: Labor, Politicians

... HSTA priority bills clear House Finance Committee to full House, Senate votes ....

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Sunday, April 3, 2022
Honolulu job growth outpacing new housing supply 32-1
By Selected News Articles @ 1:33 AM :: 1888 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

... When the demand far outweighs the available properties in a given area, costs get artificially driven up ....

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
PEW: Hawaii Still Not Meeting Pension Funding Obligations
By Selected News Articles @ 8:09 PM :: 1784 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... Hawaii’s contributions have fallen below minimum actuarial standards since 2011, which has caused the state’s funding level to decline from 94% in 2000 to 55% as of 2019 ....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Minimum wage mostly hurts the people it is intended to help
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:20 AM :: 1978 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... evidence on the effect of minimum wages on employment, skills, wage and income distributions, and longer-term labor market outcomes ....

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Thursday, March 24, 2022
Jobs Recovery: Hawaii Among Three Worst States
By News Release @ 6:49 PM :: 2359 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... Only Hawaii, North Dakota and Louisiana have not reached at least a 70 percent recovery of jobs lost as of the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. ....

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Sunday, March 20, 2022
HSTA Seminar: How to Transsexualize K-12 Students
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 3314 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Labor

... The Hawaii State Teachers Association Human and Civil Rights (HCR) Committee is proud to present its 2022 Social Justice Summit on Sunday, April 3, on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public ....

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
Five myths that pervade the minimum-wage debate
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:54 PM :: 1724 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... increasing the state’s legal minimum wage can result in unemployment ....

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Friday, March 18, 2022
House Committees Refuse to Hear SB2422 -- Bill Would Have Ended Foster Care Abuse Coverups
By Andrew Walden @ 7:47 AM :: 5805 Views :: Family, Judiciary, Labor, Law Enforcement

... In the House, Speaker Saiki gave SB2422 SD2 a triple referral to kill it off ....

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Saturday, March 12, 2022
Hawaii Workforce Shrinks--Unemployment 4.4% for January
By News Release @ 10:56 AM :: 2895 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

...  the size of the labor force, which remains down by 12,000 workers compared with January 2019 in part because some people have moved out of the state, while others have given up looking ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
OSHA Raids: Hawaii 4th Most Likely Target
By Selected News Articles @ 10:00 PM :: 2642 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... nine out of the top 10 states are State Plan states ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
​Revised minimum wage bill takes legislators off the hot seat
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:26 PM :: 1876 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... HB2510 HD1 proposes increasing Hawaii’s mandatory minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2030, followed by a variable annual increase in the minimum wage thereafter ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Blangiardi Appoints Sheet Metal Union Boss to HART Board
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 2768 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Rail

"...Art’s management background at Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) Workers Local Union 293 and his experience on the Planning Commission make him the perfect candidate...."

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Saturday, February 26, 2022
Heroic HSTA Steward Keeps Teachers out of Classroom
By News Release @ 11:43 PM :: 2258 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... In August 2021, nine teachers were absent from their classrooms, but the school could only secure four substitute teachers. So the principal, Thomas Swan, texted academic coaches and other non-classroom teachers to fill the remaining openings ....

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Saturday, February 26, 2022
SB3209: $16M Pay Hike and Less Classroom Time for Teachers
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 1665 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... SB 3209 D1 would appropriate around $16 million to fund the restoration of 'professional development' for educators ....

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Hawaii 3rd Highest Jobs Opening Rate
By Selected News Articles @ 1:51 AM :: 2785 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... where employers are struggling the most in hiring ....

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
SB2819: $26K Pay Hike for Teachers Outside Collective Bargaining
By News Release @ 2:10 AM :: 2656 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... 8,700 of Hawaii’s 13,500 public and charter school teachers would have their annual salaries adjusted anywhere from $7,700 to $26,000 under SB2819, depending on their years of service ....

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
Small businesses would be paying for wage hike in more ways than one
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:47 AM :: 2150 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... minimum wage hikes kill jobs for teens, young adults, and the less educated ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
Audio: Grassroot Debates Living Wage Hawaii
By Audio @ 4:28 AM :: 2148 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Hawaii Public Radio considered the question, with Jensen Ahokovi of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii contending such an increase would likely cause more harm than good.  Also on the program was Nate Hix, director of Living Wage Hawaii; HPR’s Catherine Cruz was host and moderator ....

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022
​Here’s How Many People Quit Their Jobs in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:12 PM :: 2604 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... 16,000 people in Hawaii quit their jobs in November 2021, the most recent month of available data - a 45.5% increase from one year earlier ....

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Tunnel Vision
By Joni Kamiya @ 5:55 PM :: 4849 Views :: Agriculture, Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living, GMOs

... The legislature appears to be dead set on ignoring the entire impact of short term solutions and catchy soundbites ....

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Monday, January 31, 2022
Unemployment Recovery? Hawaii Dead Last
By Selected News Articles @ 3:40 PM :: 2418 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... States Whose Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most ....

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Saturday, January 29, 2022
Minimum debate over minimum wage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:44 PM :: 3537 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... the Senate has tried to avoid any real debate on the issue ....

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Friday, January 28, 2022
Hawaii Most Unionized State in USA
By News Release @ 3:03 AM :: 2751 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii has the highest union membership rate at 22.4 percent ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
​Hawaii businesses say proposed minimum wage hike would hurt
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 AM :: 3790 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... 21% of the chamber’s businesses said the proposed minimum wage increase would put them out of business ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Minimum Wage Hike? You can be replaced by a Robot
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:16 AM :: 4064 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... businesses cut hours, turn to technology or even cut jobs in order to mitigate the higher costs ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 5.7% for December
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 2549 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 5.7 percent compared to 6.0 percent in November. Statewide, 610,350 were employed and 37,050 unemployed ....

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
DBEDT: Hawaii Family of Four Must Earn $85,372 to Stay off Welfare
By News Release @ 4:26 PM :: 4448 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits

... the amount of money that individuals and families require to meet their basic needs without government and/or other subsidies ....

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Minimum Wage: Legislature Finishes what COVID Started?
By Heartland Foundation @ 5:24 PM :: 3968 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... 60 percent of businesses have been devastated by the pandemic ....

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