(Disappeared News) – By Larry Geller. While I worked for GE, the union members bargained for and won benefit improvements that were extended to all employees, including me. In the company town of Schenectady, what GE unions achieved benefitted workers of other companies as well—they effectively raised the standards.
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) By Lee Catterall. “We’ve given (the hotel industry) our beaches in order to get jobs, and they’re keeping the beach and downing the jobs.” — Eric Gill, Financial Secretary-Treasurer, UNITE HERE! Local 5
(KHON2) – By Kirk Matthews. Fast food workers in 50 cities recently staged protests demanding that their wages be increased. At present, there is no union representing fast food workers. One union official believes it may be time.
(Hawaii Public Radio) Union Local 5 on Labor Day: Eric Gill is Financial Secretary-Treasurer of UNITE HERE! Local 5. Local 5 represents approximately 10,000 workers throughout Hawaii who work in the hospitality, health care and food service industries and is an affiliate of UNITE HERE, an international union that represents over 250,000 workers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
(Hawaii Public Radio) – For most people, Labor Day means the last long weekend of summer. But for others, it’s a day to honor our nation’s workforce.
(Honolulu Civil Beat) – By Eric Gill. A hundred years ago, Hawaii’s people suffered under crushing economic exploitation and a stifling political dictatorship. Hawaii’s independent national government had been snuffed out by American soldiers and warships, American plantation owners had firm control of every aspect of political and economic life.