On behalf of everyone at HOEISF, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
If you did perform work on Thursday, November 26th, please be sure to read over your pay stub to ensure you were paid the correct wages. Per the current Hawaii Wage Rate Schedule, Operating Engineers are entitled to TWO TIMES basic hourly rate PLUS required hourly fringe benefits.
If you have friends or family that worked for non-signatory companies on Thanksgiving Day and did not receive the correct wages, please fill out our contact form and we will look into it. All correspondence is strictly confidential.
There has been some recent discussion in the Honolulu City Council regarding the rail project plan. There are some who are looking to change the plans and stop the rail short of Ala Moana, ending it at Middle Street where riders are to transfer to buses and potentially “get caught in surface-street congestion”. Not only would the rail not serve its purpose of alleviating traffic in these types of areas, it would require that we forfeit the $1.55 billion federal grant for the project, $450 million of which has already been spent and taxpayers would have to pay back.
Star Advertiser’s editorial “Don’t Deviate From The Original Plan For Rail” reads:
“They need to stop and think about what they’d be getting for whatever a Kapolei-to-Middle-Street rail line would cost. The answer? Not much.”
“Honolulu’s population and traffic challenges are growing unabated. Giving its residents the commuting options they need remains a bedrock responsibility of city government. Along a traffic corridor as narrow as Honolulu’s, with no room for street-level expansion, elevated rail is still the rational choice. It can get people where they need to go. Let’s stick to the basic plan rather than waffling pointlessly, and get the job done as efficiently as possible.”
Facing East in the Hoopili Area – Picture Credit: Honolulu Transit
We would like to thank all the members and retirees who joined us this past week for the hearings for Bill 23. A decision has not yet been announced but we are proud to have your support with us.
Bill 23 is an amendment that extends the city surcharge tax which is designated for the rail project. Currently the surcharge tax is set to expire on December 31, 2022 but with Bill 23, it will expire on December 31, 2027. This is to ensure the project has appropriate funding to see it to completion.
People who work in the construction industry understand that sometimes there are setbacks on a job, for whatever reason. We understand that having (and building) the rail system provides more jobs and paychecks for our members than it takes away with this small tax extension.