The Hawai'i State AFL-CIO is a voluntary federation of 70 local affiliate unions and councils in the State whose parent international unions are affiliated at the national level with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). We are one of 51 state federations operating under a charter granted by the AFL-CIO. Like its parent AFL-CIO, the Hawai'i State AFL-CIO does no bargaining with employers. It is not a union, but a union of unions.
The Hawai'i State AFL-CIO serves its constituent unions by speaking for the entire labor movement before the state legislature and other branches of state and county government.
Our basic purpose is to use the collective strength of the labor movement in the state to protect and advance the interests of all workers and their families. We provide affiliates with a mechanism to exchange views and make decisions to promote a unified voice and unified action. We provide affiliates with a process to come together in support of political candidates, to fight for legislation and cooperate in other mutually agreed on goals, programs and services.
Joined together since 1966, the affiliates of the Hawai'i State AFL-CIO work in solidarity to promote the welfare of working men and women in Hawai'i and the trade union movement, locally, nationally and world-wide.
In addition to the President, there are forty-four Vice Presidents elected from among our affiliates to lead us in the accomplishment of our common goals.
We seek the fulfillment of the hopes and aspirations of the working men and women of Hawai'i through democratic processes, at the bargaining table, in the community, and within the framework of our constitutional government and consistent with our institutions and traditions.
By constitution and charter, we dedicate ourselves and our locals:
To aid workers in securing improved wages, hours, and working conditions with due regard for the autonomy, integrity, and jurisdiction of our affiliates;
To aid and assist our affiliates in their work to organize workers into unions;
To encourage all workers without regard to race, creed, color, sex, national origin or ancestry to share equally in the full benefits of union organization;
To secure legislation, public policy and programs which will safeguard and promote the principles of free collective bargaining and to oppose legislation, public policy and programs inimical to the rights of labor. We invite your support in accomplishing these worthy goals. – less–ZoomInfo