The Human Rights Committee’s responsibility is to promote activities that foster greater understanding of our membership in order to build the strength of our Union through our common struggles and goals rather than allowing others to divide us by our differences. This Committee’s commitment is to the study of human rights, civil rights, women’s rights, and the equal treatment of all people. Also this Committee will work to create a safe space for people to share their personal experiences related to age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and political orientation to promote better understanding of one another.
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2021 Committee Updates
None of us can agree on absolutely everything. That's just not reality. We all have our own thoughts, opinions, and values -- which means that disagreements will be pretty common, especially in the workplace. However, there's a big difference between just disagreeing and disagreeing respectfully. The first will likely cause hurt feelings and only add fuel to an already tense fire. But the second? That approach can lead to new ideas and a much more productive discussion. Below are 5 key tips for disagreeing with someone – respectfully. [...]
I hope that you and your families are safe and well during this challenging time. As the MEC Human Rights Committee chairperson, I would like to speak on recent events that have affected our group and hope it clarifies how we listen, communicate, and empathize [...]
As first responders in the sky, we are the eyes and ears for those subjected to Human Trafficking. The following is information from our International office in Washington, D.C. regarding human trafficking. We are asking for your help in taking the 5 – 10 minutes survey. [...]
Our Sister Union - Unite Here, Local 5 - is organizing a sign-waving campaign in Nanakuli. If you are willing and available to help, please join us on Saturday, July 10, 2021, from 1000 – 1130 am. This event is in protest of Kaiser Permanente closing their Nanakuli community full-service clinic located at 87-2116 Farrington Hwy, Waianae HI 96792. [...]
Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day and we reflect on this day of service and the man who is the eponymous civil rights leader. During his short life, Dr. King has inspired many including those of us on the Human Rights Committee. As the new year starts, we hope to seek out more volunteers to help with voter registration, women’s rights, LGBTQ awareness [...]
2020 Committee Updates
We appreciate all of you, our members, for your involvement and input with our Human Rights Committee. We apologize for our prior communication as the link to register to vote was in error. The correct information is as follows: By clicking the following link https://olvr.hawaii.gov [...]
I hope this finds you all well, safe, and healthy. For weeks going into months, we have all been occupied with so many things in regards to our jobs, the industry, and society as a whole. It has at times been very exhausting and frustrating for all of us, yet we've stayed the course to continue to fight for our jobs as stabilized [...]