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Many of the workers in Honolulu are Pacific Islanders who rely on flight benefits to avoid paying for expensive trips back home to Micronesia.
Gubernatorial candidate Colleen Hanabusa is the big winner in labor unions’ super PAC sweepstakes, election reports show.
Compulsory union dues are a thing of the past due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. But some say a pro-union culture in the islands will prevail.
The high court rules that unions can’t force nonmembers to pay membership dues, saying it violates the First Amendment.
Most employees in the Honolulu catering department are from islands in Micronesia and rely on flight benefits to go home.
Through endorsements and contributions, United Public Workers backed old-guard candidates and others who challenged current leadership.