Hawaii International Vice President Wesley Furtado (not pictured) and Overall Longshore Unit Chairperson Nate Lum (center) show waterfront operations to All Japan Docworkers Union (Zenkowan) President Akinobu Itoh and International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Asia Pacific Regional Secretary Shigeru Wada. Itoh recalls the 50- year relationship between his union and the ILWU.
What's New in Voice of ILWU
On November 4, Americans made it clear that they want our country to move in a different direction.
There’s good reason to be hopeful. President-elect Barack Obama says he supports unions. He’s walked on a picket line. He’s worked as an organizer. He says workers aren’t getting our fair share while the rich and corporations have been getting too much.
November 4, 2008, was historic and a victory for labor and all working people. Hawaii born Barack Obama was elected president by a huge margin. While a handful of elections are still undecided, the Democrats gained at least 8 seats in the US Senate and 19 seats in the US House of Representatives.
Guy Fujimura, Fred Galdones, Akinobu Itoh, Clayton Dela Cruz, Richard Baker, Jo Anne Trask, William Kennison, and Donna Domingo carry some of the 65,000 petitions.
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National and even regional banks have been cutting back on mortgage, student, and auto loans as they scramble to keep enough cash to cover potential losses caused by the subprime credit crisis.
But credit unions are in good shape, and many of them have plenty of money to loan. Most credit unions follow very conservative, old-fashioned banking practices. They made low risk auto loans and avoided the risky mortgage and commercial construction loans which are causing trouble for so many banks.
January 21 - Hawaii State Legislature convenes
Hawaii’s State Legislature convenes on January 21, 2009. The ILWU plans to send delegations of members and retirees to meet with legislators on opening day.
The ILWU Political Action Committee will continue efforts to protect workers when a company is sold and to pass a worker’s free choice act for workers wanting to organize a union.
The Legislative Session will probably run until late April.
Longshore maintenance settles
ILWU longshore maintenance units reached a contract settlement which was approved by members on November 15, 2008. Members of the union committee include: Spokesperson Wesley Furtado, Leith Suganuma, Wes Miyashiro, Dennis Inouye, Michael Tompkison, Chris Ancheta, and Darrol Lacar.
Hawaii longshore members raise their hands as they vote to approve a historic agreement which puts them ahead of the ILWU West Coast longshore for the first time since the industry was unionized. Hawaii fought for many years to achieve parity with the West Coast and has always played catch up to match the Mainland wages and benefits.
Make your vote count for working families! Support your union’s recommendations in the General Elections this November 4, 2008. ILWU members and families are urged to vote for those candidates listed below. Cut out these lists and keep them in your wallet as a reminder when you vote.
Employees at the Princeville Resort on Kauai’s North Shore recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of their first union contract. Just a few months earlier, in December 2007, Princeville Resort employees voted in a federally-supervised election to unionize with the ILWU Local 142
PRINCEVILLE, Kauai—The union contract was completed just in time to provide workers with job security, seniority rights, and medical benefits while the hotel closes for a seven month face lift.
As a union member, you have the right to ask for a union representative in any disciplinary meeting with management.
Weingarten Rights refers to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that an employee has a right to a union representative during an investigatory interview which might lead to disciplinary action. The employee must ASK for representation!
Rule 1. The employee must make a clear request for a union steward before or during the interview and cannot be punished for making this request.