Tell Governor Ige to veto HB1850

2016.05.04 HB1850 final voteWe’re sad to report that HB1850 passed final reading in the State Legislature. 14 senators voted yes on HB1850 and 11 senators voted no. 28 representatives voted yes on HB1850, 2 voted yes with reservations, and 19 representatives voted no. You can view how each legislator voted below. Note that all of the representatives and 14 senators (see below) are up for reelection. Find your legislators here.

Our next step is to tell Governor David Ige to veto HB1850. Contact him: 586-0034 or [email protected]. It’s time for our governor to lead on this issue, to protect our community and not sell us out to corporations like Airbnb. Illegal vacation rentals negatively impact our affordable housing, our economy, and our neighborhoods.


 

We’re disappointed that these 14 senators voted yes on HB1850 (* = up for reelection in 2016):

  1. Roz Baker
  2. Donovan Dela Cruz*
  3. J. Kalani English
  4. Mike Gabbard*
  5. Brickwood Galuteria
  6. Josh Green
  7. Kaiali’i Kahele*
  8. Gilbert Keith-Agaran*
  9. Michelle Kidani
  10. Ronald Kouchi*
  11. Clarence Nishihara
  12. Brian Taniguchi*
  13. Jill Tokuda
  14. Glenn Wakai*

Mahalo to these 11 senators who voted no on HB1850:

  1. Suzanne Chun Oakland*
  2. Will Espero*
  3. Breene Harimoto
  4. Les Ihara*
  5. Lorraine Inouye
  6. Donna Mercado Kim*
  7. Gil Riviere
  8. Russell Ruderman*
  9. Maile Shimabukuro
  10. Sam Slom*
  11. Laura Thielen*

We’re disappointed that these 30 representatives voted yes on HB1850:

  1. Della Au Belatti
  2. Isaac Choy
  3. Richard Creagan
  4. Lynn DeCoite
  5. Cindy Evans
  6. Beth Fukumoto Chang
  7. Sharon Har
  8. Mark Hashem
  9. Linda Ichiyama
  10. Ken Ito
  11. Aaron Johanson
  12. Jo Jordan
  13. Bertrand Kobayashi (with reservations)
  14. Sylvia Luke
  15. Angus McKelvey
  16. John Mizuno
  17. Dee Marikawa
  18. Mark Nakashima
  19. Scott Nishimoto
  20. Takashi Ohno
  21. Richard Onishi
  22. Marcus Oshiro
  23. Feki Pouha (with reservations)
  24. Scott Saiki
  25. Joy San Buenaventura
  26. Gregg Takayama
  27. Roy Takumi
  28. Cliff Tsuji
  29. Justin Woodson
  30. Kyle Yamashita

Thank you to these 19 representatives who voted no on HB1850:

  1. Henry Aquino
  2. Tom Brower
  3. Romy Cachola
  4. Ty Cullen
  5. Derek Kawakami
  6. Jarrett Keohokalole
  7. Sam Kong
  8. Chris Lee
  9. Matt LoPresti
  10. Nicole Lowen
  11. Lauren Matsumoto
  12. Bob McDermott
  13. Karl Rhoads
  14. Calvin Say
  15. Cynthia Thielen
  16. James Tokioka
  17. Andria Tupola
  18. Gene Ward
  19. Ryan Yamane

Tue. 5/3: Workers of Hawai’i March

2016.04.27 Aston March flyerTuesday, May 3, 2016

4:00p – 5:30p

If you want to march with us to the rally, meet at the Aston Headquarters (Kalakaua Ave. & Beach Walk) by 4:15p

If not, meet us in front of the Aston Waikiki Beach (Kalakaua Ave. & Paoakalani Ave.)

To commemorate International Workers’ Day (May 1), we will be standing in solidarity with the workers at Aston Waikiki Beach and Hotel Renew who are fighting for a fair process to decide whether to unionize. Standing with working people means securing all of our futures.

UPDATE: Tell the Legislature to kill HB1850

Number of Vacation Rentals per Housing UnitThis afternoon, the conference committee for HB1850 passed a revised draft of Airbnb’s flawed bill that their 7 registered lobbyists have been pushing. This bill is not good enough and should not pass.

On May 3, the Hawai’i Senate and House of Representatives will vote on the conference committee’s draft of HB1850. This is our last chance to get the Legislature to kill this bad bill. Illegal vacation rentals have a negative impact on affordable housing, and we need to stop them now. View our latest report to learn more.

Email the Senate and House and tell them to OPPOSE HB1850 HD1. Tell them you support affordable housing for residents. Email them by Sunday night (5/1/16):

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Tell the House & Senate Conferees: HB1850 is flawed. Fix it or kill it!

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4 House Conferees have been appointed to decide the fate of HB 1850: Reps. Jo Jordan, Richard Onishi, Kyle Yamashita, and Beth Fukumoto Chang. Additionally, 3 Senate Conferees have been appointed as well: Sens. Kalani English, Roz Baker, and Jill Tokuda.

Tell them that HB 1850 is flawed and still needs to be fixed. They should agree with or strengthen the Senate amendments, or they should kill this bad bill.

Contact them immediately by calling or emailing them. You can also use the form below that will send an email to all four of them:

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Sat. 4/30: Workshop- Direct Action

2016.04.19 AiKea Direct Action workshop flyerSaturday, April 30, 2016

11:00a – 3:00p

UNITE HERE Local 5 (1516 S King St. Honolulu, HI 96826)

Our next AiKea workshop will go over what a direct action is and the different types of direct action. Learn the strategies and tactics needed to win campaigns for a better Hawai’i! If you would like to attend, contact [email protected] or RSVP on our Facebook page.

Thu. 4/21: Housing Now! Rally

Microsoft Word - Housing Now rally flyers.docxThursday, April 21, 2016

3:00p – 6:00p

Hawaii State Capitol (415 S Beretania St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813)

Join us at the Housing Now! Rally, organized by the Housing Now Coalition. There is a housing crisis in paradise. Our legislators have an opportunity to help relieve this problem but they need a bit of a push – from us. For more information, see the Facebook event.

Thu. 4/14: Faith & Labor Forum for Faith Leaders

2016.04.05 Faith and Labor flyerThursday, April 14, 2016

11:30a – 1:00p

The Cathedral of St. Andrew – Von Holt Room (229 Queen Emma Square)

Working people–our congregations, our neighbors, our families–are working harder to make ends meet.

The cost of housing and basic necessities are rising. Good, local jobs are under threat.

Join us for lunch with Reverend Scott Marks, a New Haven pastor who has been organizing his community to fight for good jobs. Help us lead the faith community for a better Hawai’i.

Lunch will be provided. RSVP by emailing [email protected].

Every Friday, 6:30a-7:30a: Rally for Worker Justice

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Every Friday

6:30a – 7:30a

Front of Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel (Kalakaua Ave. and Paoakalani Ave.)

Do you believe that workers deserve respect? Rally in solidarity with the Aston Waikiki Beach and Hotel Renew workers every Friday from 6:30a-7:30a. They have been fighting for a fair process to decide whether to unionize, but management refuses. If you have any questions, contact us.

Sat. 4/2: Wake Up Workshop: Moving People from Apathy to Action

2016.03.24 AiKea Workshop flyerSaturday, April 2, 2016

9:30a-5:30p

UNITE HERE Local 5 (1516 S King St. Honolulu, HI 96826)

Do you want to see change, but the people around you are apathetic? We’re hosting a workshop on how to move people to action! Breakfast and lunch provided. For more information, email [email protected].

Fri. 4/1: Labor and Social Movements in Hawaii

GSSA Flyer Aikea and Local 5 FinalFriday, April 1, 2016

1:00p

University of Hawai’i at Manoa – Saunders Hall, 442 (2424 Maile Way, Honolulu, HI 96822)

The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Graduate Student Sociological Association is hosting an event “Labor and Social Movements in Hawai’i,” as part of their Sociology on the Ground Speaker Series. It will feature AiKea organizer Paola Rodelas Groves, Aikea at UH organizer Aina Iglesias, and Unite Here! Local 5 Secretary-Treasurer Eric Gill. For more information, contact GSSA Treasurer Nick Chagnon at [email protected].