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The Conversation: Monday, October 1st, 2018


Local Impacts of JANUSDecision, Pahala Cesspool, Musician Elijah Sky



Local Impacts of JANUSDecision

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  In a ruling known as the Janus case, the court banned unions from collecting any money from workers who choose not to join a union.

Hawaii has the second highest rate of labor union members in the country, with many working in state or county government. One issue that has emerged here and on the mainland is around the  “timing” of when someone wants to leave a union. The first legal challenge to that has surfaced.

Jacob Hubert was the lead attorney for Mark Janus, the plaintiff in the case that upended decades of labor law precedent. He was in Hawaii for a forum sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii a week ago today. He spoke about the legality of restricting workers from withdrawing from a union.

Anthony Gill is a long time labor attorney in Honolulu who spoke at the same event. Gill said there are three questions to ask when evaluating the local impact of the Janus case.


Tony Gill and Jacob Hubert

Pahala Cesspool


  The Environmental Protection Agency recently released an environmental assessment of a major project--the replacement of a large cesspool on the Big Island that serves thousands of people in the Pahala area. We talked to EPA’s Kathleen Johnson of region 9 about the need to move forward on the project that has been years in the planning and whose federal funding expires in two years.



Kathleen Johnson


Reality Check


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Joining us for today’s Reality Check is Honolulu Civil Beat’s senior business reporter Stewart Yerton with a story about the oldest bar in our Chinatown.


Reality Check

Musician Elijah Sky


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Local Musician Elijah Skye rolled out his debut album  “Heart over Hype,” this weekend. He sat with us to talk about his music and the title, Heart over Hype, and the influence of his very musical family and his grandmother-- Irmgard Farden Aluli. Prior to embarking upon a solo career in the islands, Elijah lived in  CA, where he sang with a band called The Dubbadubs for almost four years  He tells us he hopes to do a Hawaiian album at some point in the future. In a nod to his roots.

The album is available on iTunes, S[otify and all digital outlets. 

Incue: Smooth by Elijah Sky


Elijah Sky

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