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The Hawaii Legislature Should Not Delay Tough Calls

The Hawaii Legislature Should Not Delay Tough Calls

If the economy tanks further, it will be necessary to cut salaries, implement furloughs, skip pay raises and reduce payments to health plans and pensions.
Economic Downturn Could Hit Public Pension Funds Hard PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Economic Downturn Could Hit Public Pension Funds Hard

Hawaii owes billions to its state retirement system. The coronavirus pandemic could make repaying those funds even harder.
UPW Head Ousted Over Financial Abuse Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

UPW Head Ousted Over Financial Abuse

UPW's parent union announced the removal of the Hawaii president on Friday.
Lawmakers, Union Officials Are Pushing Back Against State Pay Cuts Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Lawmakers, Union Officials Are Pushing Back Against State Pay Cuts

Other options like eliminating vacant positions or tapping the rainy day fund should be considered first.
More Than 700 State Workers Are Home Awaiting Reassignment Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

More Than 700 State Workers Are Home Awaiting Reassignment

UPDATED: The Senate special COVID-19 committee has been trying to get the workers moved to agencies that need extra help during the coronavirus crisis.
Hawaii Officials Are Struggling To Get Help To Overburdened Agencies Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Officials Are Struggling To Get Help To Overburdened Agencies

Confusion within the Ige administration over Hawaii's collective bargaining law is slowing aid to departments feeling the crunch of the coronavirus crisis.
Hawaii Public Workers Want Hazard Pay During Coronavirus Pandemic Photo courtesy of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Public Workers Want Hazard Pay During Coronavirus Pandemic

Public sector leaders are also criticizing Gov. David Ige for what they see as shoddy communication and coordination during the crisis.
Hawaii Public Employees May Lose Out On Pay Raises Due To Virus Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Public Employees May Lose Out On Pay Raises Due To Virus

When the Legislature recessed indefinitely, pay increases for workers was among its unfinished business.
Honolulu Mayor Should Veto City Council’s Union-Friendly Public Works Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor Should Veto City Council’s Union-Friendly Public Works Bill

Bill 37 offers unsupported justifications to favor organized labor over nonunion general contractors.
Sweeping Local-Hire Bill Draws Pushback From Nonunion Builders Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Sweeping Local-Hire Bill Draws Pushback From Nonunion Builders

City Councilman Joey Manahan says the purpose of the legislation is to make sure that union labor is used on any public works project worth over $250,000.