All tagged Economic Justice
How much harder for those working minimum-wage jobs in Hawaii, who had every right to expect their elected leaders to address their needs?
The much ballyhooed effort to raise the minimum wage was just one bill that died with no vote or announcement. Lawmakers didn’t want you to even ask, much less know.
Saiki could have written two lines that synthesized his entire commentary: “The Chamber of Commerce, which funds my campaign, didn’t want me to pass a living minimum wage for the people of Hawaii. So I didn’t.”
The leadership of the House of Representatives let our workers down: they include Scott Saiki, Mark Nakashima, Della Au Belatti, Dee Morikawa, Tom Brower, Aaron Johanson and Sylvia Luke.
An increase would have shown that Democrats still fight for the interests of working families.
People are dying. Real people are really dying. Let’s vote for some real change in 2020, shall we?
Our legislators allowed a raise for themselves but declined to vote on a living wage for the working people of Hawaii, many of whom work two or three jobs.
Both the House and the Senate and the governor have stated publicly they supported a $15 per hour increase, phased in over time. But instead, the minimum wage will remain stuck at $10.10.
Our legislators should be embarrassed. Instead they are going to receive pay raises they don’t deserve.