Hawaii State News, 28 Nov 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 28 November 2018, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Comment:  Here are today’s top Hawaii State news stories from “Hawaii Business Magazine”.  Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

51-day strike ends with a new contract for hotel workers
Workers voted nearly unanimously, a staggering 99.6 percent of union members, on Tuesday night to approve the new contract, ending a grueling 51-day strike. News of the agreement, which includes a $1.50 hourly wage increase for non-tipped workers in the first year and 75 cents more an hour for tipped workers, triggered tears of joy and celebratory singing on picket lines Tuesday. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser.KHON2. KITV.

Analysts rank Hawaii among worst in nation for unfunded liabilities
A recent report by analysts at J.P. Morgan has ranked Hawaii among a handful of the most financially stressed states, mostly because of unfunded pension and health care obligations to public workers. Star-Advertiser.

State aims to quicken the pace of school repairs
The Department of Education wants to demystify how it is handling a hefty repair and maintenance backlog. The DOE has a whopping backlog of 3,800 repair projects statewide. But even with a budget of $274 million, it can’t get to those repairs quickly enough, with the appropriation/design/bid/construction cycle averaging a glacial seven years. Civil Beat. KITV.

Man who suffered heart attack during  false missile alert sues state
James Sean Shields and his girlfriend, Brenda Reichel, filed a lawsuit in first Circuit Court against the state and Vern Miyagi, former administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, or HI-EMA, for the false alarm they claim triggered the heart attack. Star-Advertiser. Associated Press. Hawaii News Now.

Consumers sue potato chip maker over use of Hawaiian name
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the maker of potato chips sold under the brand name Hawaiian, claiming the chips made in Washington state are misleading customers. Michael Maeda of Honolulu and Iliana Sanchez of Los Angeles filed the suit last month, alleging Pinnacle Foods Inc. is using false and deceptive advertising as well as fraudulent and unfair business practices. Hawaii News Now.

Matson sells a ship to lighten debt loadMatson Inc. has sold one of its container ships but will lease it back from the new owner as a way to cut debt as it borrows more money to pay for new ships, including one scheduled to arrive for the first time in Hawaii on Wednesday. Star-Advertiser. 

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