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Hawaii union membership third-highest in U.S.

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 08:58 a.m. HST, Feb 26, 2014

In Hawaii 121,000 workers were covered by collective bargaining agreements in 2013, comprising 22.1 percent of wage and salary workers in the state.

The figure places Hawaii at third in the nation in the percentage of workers who are union members.

Hawaii's 22.1 percent compares to 11.3 percent nationwide, and is an increase from 21.6 percent in 2012.

Hawaii has exceeded the national average since figures became available in 1989, a year when the state's unionized workers totaled 29.9 percent of the workforce was a "series high," according to Richard Holden, regional commissioner for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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peanutgallery wrote:
Absolutely destroying the cost of living in Hawaii, and any semblance of accountability. Unions have begun to destroy the fabric of our society. The old motto of: "pay us a fair wage for an honest days' work", has morphed into: "we want as much as we can get, for doing as little as possible." It's the progressive Democrats way of doing business.
on February 26,2014 | 07:28AM
serious wrote:
Correct and what makes it impossible to fix is that the Unions are negotiating their contracts with the people they elect in the legislature. If you want union support in their reelection---you give them raises. Detroit, here we come!!!
on February 26,2014 | 08:24AM
South76 wrote:
I think we are beyond Detroit it just a matter of time before the state needs to file for bankruptcy; if you have been following the news coming out of the clown tent square building on Beretania, the state is in the hole carrying out it part of the bargain it made with the me, me, me government unions during contract negotiations. Union has worn out its use when there was no transparency in business...technology has changed all that, now we know how much businesses make each year so we know how much we can ask for raises if we deserve it. If you look at where most of the union dues are going to it's for political expenditures, it is no longer going to help union members when they need assistance.
on February 26,2014 | 08:46AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Why sure, Hawaii union membership is third highest in country, and why shouldn’t it? After all, Hawaii has a bloated government work force with mandatory union membership, and a private sector with closed shops which forces people to join unions if they are to be hired.
on February 26,2014 | 11:29AM
Bully wrote:
The belief that management will not treat the common worker fairly started in the sugar plantation days and continues to persist today. I dont trust management either.
on February 26,2014 | 07:51AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Common workers are not needed in government as all government does is collect taxes and manages contracts, as most common workers thrive in Private Industry. Only people who do work in government are Police, Fire and Ambulance. Then the next step are people like those in The Judiciary, Teachers and Taxation (who knew?). I hope I won't get any flack from this comment.
on February 26,2014 | 09:34AM
bsbsbs wrote:
Third highest in the U.S. - no wonder our political system is so corrupt and the majority of the residents are not properly represented.
on February 26,2014 | 07:52AM
primo1 wrote:
And yet we keep re-electing the same clowns back into office.
on February 26,2014 | 07:59AM
control wrote:
Unfortunately we can't find better clowns to vote for. While the dems are bad, the repubs here are even worse and more pathetic.
on February 26,2014 | 11:23AM
serious wrote:
Don't forget the over 50% on welfare!!! Keep voting D!!!
on February 26,2014 | 12:00PM
DAGR81 wrote:
This is a problem.
on February 26,2014 | 07:52AM
bekwell wrote:
There are some that require a union. They would never be able to get a job on their own. Once in the union, (Yes I used to belong), the best leave and the incompetent raise to the top. And yes the government unions are no exception.
on February 26,2014 | 08:12AM
false wrote:
Government Unions? Lot of waste there.
on February 26,2014 | 09:59AM
medicinecrow65 wrote:
Two out of five comments got it right........
on February 26,2014 | 08:13AM
Dont know about that-looks like all the comments carry some valid weight.
on February 26,2014 | 08:22AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Never 100% agreement, unless Death, Taxes and Obama.
on February 26,2014 | 09:27AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I spoke to a wait person at one of Ko Olina's restaurants and the conversation came to salary and their wages. Person said employees at Ko Olina are not in a union so they are able to get higher wages. So, go on continuing being in Unions and lead an average life, or go for it without the ties that bound union members.
on February 26,2014 | 08:38AM
control wrote:
I said the same thing once. Then the company I worked for laid off the long time workers, only to hire new workers to do the same job at lower salaries. You won't find that in companies with union employees. Many workers had over 20 years, yet got laid off and had to start from scratch elsewhere.
on February 26,2014 | 11:26AM
samidunn wrote:
Unions are good. Look at he benefits our public workers get. Just take a look at Detroit today.
on February 26,2014 | 09:15AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Just how do you think Detroit got that way?
on February 26,2014 | 10:04AM
noheawilli wrote:
Yea Thanks to the politicians paid off by the unions that forces us to be members. Do not think for a second that thousands of us would not gladly separate from such a negative political organization.
on February 26,2014 | 09:55AM
false wrote:
And guess who's picking up the tab for this and its not Kirk, Neil or the legislature?
on February 26,2014 | 09:58AM
Loki wrote:
I'm unsure if this is something good or bad.
on February 26,2014 | 11:13AM
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