As the legislative session begins in Hawaii, we wanted to share with you the priorities of our Government Affairs department. These priorities reflect our commitment to ensuring that public workers are treated with the respect and fairness they deserve.
First, we will advocate for non-negotiated alternatives to recruit and retain public workers. That includes exploring new ways to attract and retain talented individuals in the public sector.
Second, we will be working to streamline hiring processes to fill entry and mid-level vacancies more efficiently. That includes reducing unnecessary red tape and bureaucracy and making the process more user-friendly for applicants and hiring managers.
Third, we will be establishing work-based learning opportunities that create pathways to careers in the public sector. That includes internships and apprenticeships that will give young people the hands-on experience they need to succeed in the public sector.
Fourth, we will support legislation strengthening unions and employee rights. That includes protecting the right to organize, ensuring civil service protections under Chapter 76, HRS, and safeguarding collective bargaining rights provided under Chapter 89, HRS.
Fifth, we will be supporting investment in critical infrastructure maintenance and operations. That includes investing in the maintenance and upgrades of roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure, which are crucial to ensuring that our communities are safe and livable.
Finally, we will oppose the privatization of government functions and services. Privatization results in a loss of jobs, transparency, accountability, and quality of service for the public. Public services should be provided by public employees who are accountable to the communities they serve.
I appreciate your support as we work together to achieve these goals for the betterment of our state and our union.
Government Affairs Manager
United Public Workers