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Hawaii Is Suing Itself Over New Benefits Law Nanea Kalani/Civil Beat

Hawaii Is Suing Itself Over New Benefits Law

The state pension system is concerned about the effects of a plan to give certain hospital employees special retirement benefits.
It’s Your Money: Special Session’s Price Tag At Least $10,000 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

It’s Your Money: Special Session’s Price Tag At Least $10,000

The Hawaii Legislature met for three days to override the governor's veto of the Maui hospitals employee bill.
Lawmakers, Governor Seek Compromise On Maui Hospital Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers, Governor Seek Compromise On Maui Hospital Bill

UPDATED: The Legislature plans to amend the vetoed measure next week to provide severance pay to unionized workers, address legal flaws in the legislation and honor union contracts.
Lawmakers May Call Special Session To Aid Maui Hospital Workers Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Lawmakers May Call Special Session To Aid Maui Hospital Workers

UPDATED: Gov. Ige has said he might veto a current aid bill, calling $40 million in severance or pension bonuses to public employees "too generous."
Police Union Wants Final Say On Body Cams Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Union Wants Final Say On Body Cams

The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers wants more control over rules for the cameras, which are meant to improve accountability and transparency.
Maui’s Decision On Lifeguard Pay Raises May Scuttle A Statewide Deal Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Maui’s Decision On Lifeguard Pay Raises May Scuttle A Statewide Deal

UPDATED: Pay increases for hundreds of public safety workers have been approved by the Legislature and every other county.
SCOTUS Tie A Win For Hawaii Unions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

SCOTUS Tie A Win For Hawaii Unions

A ruling in favor of the California teacher suing her union could have had major ramifications for organized labor in Hawaii.
Educational Assistants Play Crucial Role, But You Wouldn’t Know It By Their Paychecks Courtesy of Amanda Kaahanui

Educational Assistants Play Crucial Role, But You Wouldn’t Know It By Their Paychecks

Low salaries and limited training options stymie efforts to recruit special education workers in Hawaii schools.
Hawaii Lifeguards Get 16 Percent Raises Under New Union Contract Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lifeguards Get 16 Percent Raises Under New Union Contract

They had pushed for a lot more, but state and county employers had offered a lot less. An arbitrator settled the issue.
Why Are 175 Public Housing Units Sitting Vacant While Honolulu Struggles to Find Housing for the Homeless? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Are 175 Public Housing Units Sitting Vacant While Honolulu Struggles to Find Housing for the Homeless?

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority was severely shortchanged by the governor and the Legislature for money to repair vacant units. Unions also blocked continuation of a civil service exemption for maintenance crews, a program that was helping reduce the backlog.