Workers, Union, and Community Groups Join to Celebrate International Workersʻ Day and the Struggle for Workersʻ Rights

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April 28, 2023

WORKERS, UNIONS, AND COMMUNITY GROUPS JOIN TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY AND THE STRUGGLE FOR WORKERS’ RIGHTS 

HONOLULU, HI The Hawaiʻi Workers Center, in partnership with the Defend and Respect Hawaiʻi’s Workers Coalition, will be celebrating International Workers’ Day on Saturday, April 29th. The event will take place at the Towers at Kuhio Park and is expected to draw participants from various industries and backgrounds, including labor groups, unions, and community advocacy organizations. 

The event will start with assembling at 9:00 am at the Towers at Kuhio Park. Then, will proceed to a march loop at 10:00 am and end at 10:30 am where a rally behind Building B will commence. The rally will feature a vibrant series of speeches from prominent labor activists, performances from local organizations, calls to action, and more. Among the speakers featured will be international human rights attorney from the Philippines, attorney A. K. Guillen who was recently awarded the Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty by the organization Human Rights Watch. The goal of the event is to raise awareness about the struggle for workers’ rights within Hawaiʻi and globally, and to emphasize the importance and strength of an organized workforce. 

The event has gained widespread support from various labor unions, including UNITEHERE! Local 5, the National Union of Healthcare Workers Hawaiʻi, OPEIU – Local 50: Hawai’i Nurses Association (HNA), and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Support from community organizations and nonprofits include: Academic Labor United (ALU), Hawai‘i State Teachers Staff Organization (HSTSO), Living Wage Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Coalition for Immigrant Rights (HCIR), Hawai‘i Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA), Hawai‘i Working Families Coalition, Raise Up Hawai‘i, Young Progressives Demanding Action (YPDA), Pono Hawai‘i Initiative, Anakbayan Hawai’i, Hawai‘i People’s Fund, and Hawai‘i Peace & Justice. The march and rally is also open to all individuals who share the same passion for the struggle for workers’ rights in Hawaiʻi. 

“We look forward to celebrating the wins of workers from the past year and invigorating the movement for workers’ rights. Together we will create a Hawaiʻi free of exploitation.” – Sergio Alcubilla, Co-Executive Director of the Hawaiʻi Workers Center

International Workers’ Day is celebrated annually on May 1st to commemorate the historic struggle of workers for better working conditions and wages. The holiday is celebrated globally and commemorates the general strike for the 8 hour work day. It is an opportunity for working class communities and the labor movement to gather and celebrate recent wins while looking forward to the work that still needs to be done in order to address exploitation of workers. This year’s May Day event promises to be a vibrant and impactful demonstration of the collective power of workers and their allies in fighting for a more just and equitable Hawaiʻi.

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Email: hiworkerscenter@gmail.comThe Hawai‘i Workers Center is a registered 501c3 non profit organization that envisions a Hawai‘i in which all workers are empowered to exercise their right to organize for their social, economic and political well-being. It is a resource of information, education, training and organizing for Hawaii’s low-wage and immigrant workers. Visit www.hawaiiworkerscenter.org for more information.

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