Organizing and Political Activism –
Several meetings with fellow labor coalitions have occurred over the course of this last month. The Hawaii Labor Coalition continues to meet regularly to advance the goals of the labor movement and labor-friendly legislation. As the Legislative session has convened, we have been meeting more frequently.
This Legislature is only accepting testimony electronically. The rules for testimony vary slightly between the State House Committees and the State Senate Committees. Legislative Calendars, State Committee assignments, Remote Testimony Procedures, and other pertinent information is available on our website under the “Documents” tab. Make sure to register an account at capitol.hawaii.gov as it’s necessary to submit testimony for any bill. No in-person testimony will be permitted at the State Capitol or County Councils.
Training and Development –
I’ve continued to take leadership classes including Foundations of Union Leadership and the “Mental Health Issues and the Union” Webinar. Further info on training will be shared during the Training Committee’s report
DEI Committee – A report has been submitted for the 2021 mid-winter General Executive Board meeting, which will be held electronically next week Tuesday and Wednesday, January 26th and 27th from 6:00am – 12:00pm HST each day. The work of the committee continues. The next meeting of the DEI committee is today – Executive Committee at 12pm HST and full committee meeting at 2pm
Contract Negotiation –
Lastly, in an effort to put our unique skills sets to good use for the public good in a mutually beneficial endeavor, we’ll be reaching out to politicians, live event venues, and promoters.
Based on the executive orders that President Joe Biden has signed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Int’l President Loeb has advised IATSE Stagecraft locals to coordinate with employers to lobby their State and Local Governments to turn IATSE venues into COVID Vaccination sites/field hospitals.