What have we been up to?

  • In March, we presented an inspirational forum on the Marine Cooks and Stewards union to more than 35 folks at the UPW hall.  Thanks to support from the AQ McElrath Fund and Hawai'i People's Fund, and sponsorships from SIU, UPW, Port Council, ILWU, LaborFest Hawaii, and Local 5, we not only were able to bring Stanford historian Estelle Freedman to Hawai'i to lead the event, but we had a great spread of ono food for everyone to enjoy!
  • Working with our allies, we continue to build support for pro-worker legislation, including the campaign to increase Hawai'i's minimum wage, during the 2013 legislative session;
  • P@WHI marched with the Hawaii State AFL-CIO in the Martin Luther King Day Parade;
  • In December, we showed our support of Hawai‘i public school teachers by turning out folks to their Work to Rule rallies;
  • In November, six chapter members attended and participated in our planning meeting to help set the chapter’s agenda and priorities for the next 18 months, which was presented to the membership at our November membership meeting; P@WHI also co-sponsored Transgender Day of Remembrance events at UH;
  • In October, in partnership with PFLAG Kaua'i, we presented a 'Workers Coming Out Day' forum in Lihu'e, featuring a showing of "Out At Work" and a panel discussion with LGBT working people;
  • In September, we were awarded a grant (our second!) from the Ah Quon McElrath Fund for Economic and Social Justice, in support of our ongoing work, five chapter members attended and participated in the Pride At Work Triennial national convention, and  we co-sponsored LaborFest Hawai'i's showing of "The Inconvenient Truth About Waiting for Superman (which also featured a panel discussion);
  • In August, HSTA joined HGEA, Local 5, ILWU Local 142, USW Local 12-591, UHPA , IAM Lodge 1998, and the Hawai'i State AFL-CIO, to become the eighth local labor organization to be an organizational supporter of P@WHI;
  • In August, P@WHI surveyed all candidates for State legislative offices to get their views on civil rights, workers rights, women’s rights, and other issues, and posted the results to build public awareness;
  • In July, we learned that our Chapter’s membership growth had ensured us our own seat on the P@W National Executive Board;
  • In June 2012's Pride events, we had our first-ever parade float (featuring 5 members dressed as workers dancing to “9 to 5” and “She Works Hard For the Money”) and a booth at which over 100 attendees signed on to our Boycott Hyatt campaign; also in June, we presented a LGBT community boycott pledge poster - listing almost every local LGBT organization and over 100 community members - to Hyatt management;
  • In April, P@WHI received our first-ever grant from Hawai'i People's Fund (including a matching grant from the Hawai'i Community Foundation) to support our ongoing work and leadership development;
  • In March, we celebrated the 100th birthday of the gay civil rights, labor and non-violence activist Bayard Rustin, with a showing of a documentary about his life at UPW, and we organized a boycott-support action at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki where we leafletted and spoke with patrons about why Hyatt doesn't deserve LGBT support;
  • In February, we turned out to support Pacific Beach Hotel workers in their years-long struggle for a collective voice at work, advocated for State legislation to increase the minimum wage, protect unemployed workers from discrimination, and make it easier to change gender on birth certificates, and we spoke out against attempts to take away job protections from public school teachers and principals;
  • monthly pau hana talk-story events, ongoing support of LGBT working people and labor unions, and information sharing through our email list, website, and Facebook page.
None of this would've been possible without the support and involvement of our members, supporters and allies.   Mahalo!!

Pride At Work Hawai'i Out and Organizing!