MARCH 17, 2016
It was announced Wednesday that the Honolulu City Council, in a 7-2 vote, moved to override Mayor Caldwell’s veto on a recycling subsidy bill. As the UPW State Director, representing members in the Department of Environmental Services, the council’s decision to override the veto is disappointing.
The bill, which by the Administration’s estimation, will allow more than half a million dollars to flow out of the State of Hawaii to the Schnitzer Steel corporation, not only fails to support our local economies, but may also have a direct impact on services within our communities – particularly, those services delivered by our members working within the Department of Environmental Services.
It has a direct impact on our City budget, and it is unacceptable in the wake of a battle with the City over the delivery of front-end loader services within the Refuse Division of the Department of Environmental Services. With the constant cutbacks in services to our communities, we cannot afford to fund a “corporate welfare” program, as termed by the Mayor’s Administration.
Taxpayers should be angry.