All in Living Wage

Guarantee of living wage would help our communities thrive

The need for a living wage is pressing. More than two decades as the CEO of AlohaCare has made me very familiar with the needs of the most vulnerable in Hawaii. Since retiring two years ago, my seat on the board of PHOCUSED has allowed me to clearly see, through our community partner organizations, the challenges posed by poverty among children, kupuna, those with special needs, and low-income workers.

Hawaii Democrats should raise minimum wage significantly

This year, voters will have a unique opportunity to tell the difference between true Democrats and Republicrats because there have been several bills introduced to raise Hawaii’s minimum wage. Democrats will support these bills, but Republicrats will attempt to sink these bills by claiming the increases are too large or too small to approve.

Hawaii needs higher minimum wage

I’ve spent 45 years in corporate America with operations in Hawaii, and have had the pleasure of working with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. I’ve witnessed employees who work two and three jobs to make ends meet. Given this, and the reasons for the qualified workforce shortage, it’s mind-boggling why employers in Hawaii put up resistance to increasing the minimum wage. Homelessness is a symptom of all of this. Isn’t now the time to do right by all the people?

Minimum Wage Hike Gets Immediate Support As Legislature Convenes

The Hawaii Legislature convened its 30th biennial session Wednesday, and its leaders wasted no time proclaiming that a top priority would be increasing the state’s $10.10 per hour minimum wage. Even minority Republicans are behind the idea in the Democrat-controlled Legislature. It is part of a larger recognition of how the islands are becoming un-affordable for many residents.

Workers need $17 minimum wage

Do the right thing, Hawaii, and let’s start down the path to restore love, hope, charity and equal opportunity for all of Hawaii’s people. Providing a $17 minimum living wage will help to restore the dignity for those who want to work hard and take care of their own.