HGEA Endorses Hanabusa
Hawaii’s largest union backs Colleen Hanabusa for Governor
Hawaii Government Employees Association, June 12, 2018
HONOLULU – Hawaii Government Employees Association, Hawaii’s largest union representing more than 42,000 members, announced its endorsement of Colleen Hanabusa for Governor today.
“Colleen is a strong leader who understands the struggles of Hawaii’s working families. She will take action on critical issues including affordable housing, wage inequality and infrastructure,” said Randy Perreira, HGEA Executive Director. “She believes that our public workforce is one of our State’s greatest resources and is committed to working together with us.”
“On behalf of our campaign and supporters, I extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the more than 42,000 members of HGEA, which is placing its trust in me and our campaign to build a better future for Hawaii’s families,” said Colleen Hanabusa. “The Hawaii we know and love was built by labor. The professional opportunities and protections guaranteed by our unions have helped our families grow and thrive in one of the most expensive places to live in the world. Equality and fairness in the workplace is vital to ensuring the same values are championed in every facet of our communities. Together, we will ensure that Hawaii’s future includes all of us, not just a privileged few.”
HGEA endorsements are made by its leadership and political action committees after interviews, research, discussion and debate. HGEA PACs are made up of members from each of the eight bargaining units, the retirees’ unit, and the managerial unit, MCEC. The primary election is on August 11, mail ballots are sent approximately 20 days prior to the election, and early walk-in voting begins July 30.
About HGEA: HGEA was founded in 1934 to ensure fair and equitable representation for government employees. HGEA is the largest labor union in Hawaii, with more than 42,000 members. HGEA represents state and county employees in eight bargaining units and a private sector unit. HGEA also serves a large associate membership composed primarily of retirees, other state and county employees and officials, and federal and private sector employees.