Updated: Sep 30
In the wake of the devastating fires in Maui, Hawaii's unions hit the ground running within days, extending a helping hand to the affected communities. Thousands of union members were directly impacted, with many losing homes, cherished possessions, and tragically, some lost loved ones. Yet, union members and staff rallied together to provide immediate aid and support, distributing essential supplies and establishing shelters.
Union volunteers worked tirelessly alongside community members, clearing debris, and providing food and water. The labor community mobilized skilled workers to assist in rebuilding efforts, with tradespeople volunteering their time and expertise to restore essential services and rebuild infrastructure. The brave first responders, including police officers and firefighters, played a crucial role in the immediate response to the disaster, exemplifying a spirit of service and sacrifice.
Moreover, unions championed better preparedness and improved infrastructure to mitigate the effects of future disasters, promoting awareness and readiness through educational programs. Recovery has commenced with a mission not only to restore what was lost but also to ensure continued economic prosperity for the affected communities. It's another challenge our union sisters and brothers are facing head-on. Our trades unions are ensuring that reconstruction efforts are carried out by local labor, instilling a sense of ownership and pride within the community.
The commitment of labor unions is a cornerstone in this restoration phase, ensuring a strong workforce to stimulate the local economy. They're also advocating for policies that foster economic resilience, laying a foundation for sustainable growth post-recovery. Central to these efforts is the community's desire to retain control of their land, resisting encroachment by big corporations.
As we rally together, the unity and dedication displayed by our union sisters and brothers are not only rebuilding Maui but also reinforcing the values that make our island community unique and resilient, promising a brighter and more prosperous tomorrow.