LABOR CAUCUS - Statement of Purpose:
The Labor Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai'i is dedicated to the proposition that all honest work is honorable and should be treated with dignity and respect.
We recognize the substantial contributions by organized labor to the improvement of the social, political, and economic well-being of Hawaii’s people and therefore, honor as a fundamental right of all Hawai‘i’s workers, the right to organize unions; to bargain collectively over wages, hours and working conditions; and to participate freely in the political process.
We are dedicated to the goal of a classless society that leaves no part of our State’s labor force without the benefits of healthcare, sick leave and workplaces free from hazard.
We support the principle of economic justice and believe it can best be accomplished by raising the minimum wage to a living wage standard.
We pledge an end to all forms of workplace discrimination, and therefore, we support pay equity and equal opportunity for all regardless of race, color, creed, gender, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, or sexual orientation.
As we continue to seek ways to provide better and more efficient public services to the people of Hawai'i, we pledge not to compromise the principle that government money, coming from the taxes of all of us, shall not be used to depress the wages or standard of living of the working men and women in our service.
We choose to associate together as individuals who are dedicated to building both the labor movement and the Democratic Party.