Happy Pride Month!

Pride At Work Hawai'i was well represented at the Honolulu Pride Parade, with Morgan, Justin, Tod, Pat, Dustin, Jeremy, Kris, Steve, Devin, Jim, and Scott (from Local 5, HGEA, Musicians, UHPA, USW, HNA, and non-union) rocking our Most Epic Pride Float EVAH.  It featured six workers showing their pride while grooving to "9 to 5" and "She Works Hard For The Money," while rainbow balloons, ti leaves and bubbles - and rainbow beads for the crowd - helped keep everything festive.  We made sure to give a special shout-out supporting workers' rights at the Hyatt to remind the crowd to boycott the hotel.  It was also great to see THREE local labor unions represented: Local 5, HGEA, and, for the first time, United Public Workers (UPW)!!  Let's look forward to more unions next year!
Tod, Scott, Pat and Steve staff our booth
At the post-parade Celebration at Kapiolani Park, lots of folks stopped by our booth to join our email list, pick up buttons, and chat. Eighty attendees enthusiastically signed on to our Hawai'i Needs a Raise campaign (calling for the Legislature to pass a $2/hour increase to the state minimum wage without any increase to the tip credit).  Several mentioned that they only earn minimum wage, and that our current minimum ($7.25 - lowest in the US) is disgracefully low.   


 

P@WHI also took part in Kaua'i Pride activities, co-presenting a mini-conference, "Pride and Justice in the Workplace," along with PFLAG-Kaua'i and YWCA Kaua'i.  P@WHI Board members Pat and Jessie presented a workshop on workplace rights for LGBT people.  Other presenters included keynote speaker Amy Agbayani and transgender community leader Ashliana Hawelu.  Kaua'i mayor Bernard Carvalho and council member Gary Hooser both attended the event.

Pride At Work Hawai'i Out and Organizing!