Hawai'i State Federation
of Labor AFL-CIO

In Unity There is Strength!


Who We Are

The Hawai'i State AFL-CIO is a voluntary federation of 74 local affiliate unions and councils in the state.  Our basic purpose is to use the collective strength of the labor movement in the state to protect and advance the interests of all workers and their families. We provide affiliates with a mechanism to exchange views and make decisions to promote a unified voice and unified action. We provide affiliates with a process to come together in support of political candidates, to fight for legislation and cooperate in other mutually agreed on goals, programs and services.

More from the President...


Randy P. Perreira



Brande Kahalewai
Office Manager


Phone: 808-597-1441

Fax: 808-593-2149

Catherine Lederer
DIrector, LCSP

Phone: 808-597-1441

Dion DIzon

COPE Director


Phone: 808-597-1441


Hawaii State AFL-CIO Food Distribution

Mahalo nui loa to the union volunteers and our local food banks who are partnering with us to feed our community during this crisis!


OAHU Food distribution sites, please click here

IATSE Food Distribution: 11-1:00,  Thursdays

Place: KALAELOA, 91-1041 Midway Street, Building 187, Kapolei 96707 

KAUAI Food distribution sites, please  click here


Distribution time: 9-12:000 or until we are out of food boxes

Place: King's Cathedral, 777 Maui Veterans Hwy, Kahului, HI 96732

Date: Thursdays

Place: Kihei Baptist Church, 1655 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

Date: Thursdays

Place: Lahaina Baptist Church, 520 Waine'e St, Lahaina, HI 96761

Date: Thursdays

Food distribution sites, please click here




Committee on Political Education

"All that harms labor is treason to America. No line can be drawn between these two. If any man tells you he loves America, yet he hates labor, he is a liar. If a man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool."
    -Abraham Lincoln

Hawaiʻi's COPE Program

The entire political process through which the people of Hawai'i elect their public officials is at the very heart of the democratic system. It affects the life of everyone in the State, the laws that govern us, the taxes we pay, the services our government provides.

The Hawaiʻi State AFL-CIO believes that all citizens have the right and the responsibility to take part in the political affairs of their community, their state and their nation. For that reason, the Committee on Political Education (COPE) was established.

COPE has encouraged thousands of union members to take part in public life through programs of political education and political action whose goals are better law makers, better laws, better government, and a better life for all the people of Hawaiʻi.

Since a Democracy can only work when the people are informed and vote, COPE's primary functions are to provide year-round programs of political education for union members and to conduct statewide non-partisan registration and get-out-the-vote campaigns. Indeed, at each election we help thousands of previously non-voting union members and their families to register, then to exercise their franchise to vote. The COPE staff prepares leaflets, posters and research materials for elections including voting records on key issues of all state legislators and the state Congressional Delegation.

Hawaiʻi's COPE cooperates with the national COPE and conforms to its policies but is not a branch or subsidiary of national COPE. The Hawai'i State COPE makes its own endorsements of candidates for Governor, U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, Hawaiʻi State Senators and Representatives and other state and county officers.

The sole endorsement at the national level comes in presidential contests and is made by the General Board of the AFL-CIO, then implemented by national COPE in cooperation with state and central labor council COPEs.



Primary Election

List of Endorsements

Click Here




Want to fulfill your yearning to make a positive difference, advance justice, social equity, promote freedom and vanquish oppression? 

The right to vote is a fundamental cornerstone of our country's democracy and can help achieve these aspirations.  We encourage everyone to vote!  It’s important that our voices are heard!   VOTE!


This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved.

Vote buttons on flag

"In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false sloagans, such as "right to work".  It provides no 'rights' and no 'works.'  Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining."

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Labor Community Services Program

The Labor Community Services Program works through our partnerships to unite organizations, working people, and resources to build a healthier community.

*Photo above is from our Feeding the Feds Campaign where food was distributed weekly across the state for one month during the U.S. Federal Government Shutdown.  Mahalo to the local food banks for partnering with us to help those in need. 

News coverage on Silent March to support Federal Worker

News coverage on our Feeding the Feds Campaign

  • Our LCSP strengthens our community by promoting volunteerism and a sense of responsibility by organizing various service projects

  • We are a safety net for those in need through our direct services

  • We offer Learning Sessions tailored to build solidarity in our common goals and current events in the union movement



A great tutorial from the AFL-CIO on how to use ZOOM

Luther Beck from Central Pacific Bank covers finance and credit

Dr. Leslie Lopez from UHWO's CLEAR covers online organizing

Electronic Sample Meeting Rules

Governor Ige's Response

Grace Hao co-founder of the Coach Excellence School covers how to converse during difficult times



State of the Unions

Audience and Lecturer
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Why People Join Unions

Without a union contract, the law considers workers to be "at will" employees who may be fired, reassigned, demoted for any reason or no reason at all.

How to Unionize

Frequently Asked Questions

What Goes Into a Contract Anyway?

People who join unions find soon enough that they are no longer just interested in "what's in it for me" but in the overall improvement of themselves, their coworkers, their families and the societies in which they live. Solidarity improves standards of living for all.




UHWO Labor Education Classes

The University of Hawai‘i's Center for Labor Education & Research at West O‘ahu is offering these Labor Education Classes. To see the class schedule and to enroll, click here enrollment form and class schedule.

University of Hawai‘i - West O‘ahu
91-1001 Farrington Hwy. Library 2nd Floor, Kapolei, HI 96707
phone: (808) 689-2760

FAX: (808) 689-2761
E-Mail: clear@hawaii.edu

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Outdoor Study Group
Upcoming Events
CANCELLED-Hawaii State AFL-CIO Golf Tournament
Thu, Oct 08
Pearl Country Club
Oct 08, 12:00 PM
Pearl Country Club, 98-535 Kaonohi St, Aiea, HI 96701, USA
Due to COVID-19, the golf course has cancelled all golf tournaments. Mahalo nui loa for your understanding.

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