labor Rights

Gordon Parks
Gordon Parks

Happy Labor Day! This session of Bridging the Gap is filled with songs acknowledging the power and struggles of the working class.

Catherine Cruz

Hotel workers in Waikiku as well as on the mainland took to the streets in an effort to flex their political muscle.

In San Francisco, police arrested 75 people during yesterday’s rally in front of Marriott’s Union Street hotel. In Boston, workers staged a sit-in on a city street, though there were no arrests.

A similar effort was tried in Waikiki but United Here workers ended up gathering on Kakalaua across from the Waikiki Marriott where union leaders announced they will take a strike vote on September 10th. 

Catherine Cruz

Labor Protests, Feather Cloak in Burned Museum; Impact Fees; New Release from Jake Shimabukuro

_e.t / Flickr
_e.t / Flickr

Whole Foods has stopped buying longline caught fish from auction following concerns over labor practices conducted by some fishing vessels. 

Pixabay Commons
Pixabay Commons

Labor Day has been a national holiday in the United States for 120 years. While the September observance is only made in the United States, there’s some activity in the labor movement that’s been taking place this month in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  A labor dispute at a Chinese factory that makes shoes for some leading American brands has stretched to nearly two weeks. A strike at the facility has disrupted business, and is drawing increased international attention. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / jankie
Flickr / jankie

It’s been six years since Hawaii raised the state minimum wage. The current level of seven dollars and twenty five cents an hour matches the federal minimum wage. Both President Obama and Governor Abercrombie wanted to raise the minimum wage this year—neither was successful. One place where it looks like the minimum wage IS rising is Bangladesh. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that in today’s Asia Minute.