President of HSTAR-R – Calling for Demonstration Against Upcoming Governor Abercrombie Visit

Looks like Governor Abercrombies upcoming August 2nd visit to the Big Island has upset the Hawaii State Teachers Association – Retired group here on the Big Island according to it’s president Wayne Joseph.

I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore, became the rallying cry of pensioners attending a meeting at the ILWU Hall in Hilo today, July 25, 2011.

Representatives from various retirement unions came together to hear a variety of complaints against Governor Neil Abercrombie.

ILWU president supports protest of Abercrombie

Abercrombie has gone on record as saying that he will renew his call for a pension tax and ending Medicare Plan B reimbursements in 2012…

I gave a speech reminding all that on August 1, 1938 some 200 brave workers picketed the docks in Hilo and was disbursed by 70 police officers in an anti union atmosphere.

That day is known as the Hilo Massacre.  Although no one died there were 50 injuries to those brave union representatives.

Today we face the same turmoil from our current Governor who has given every indication that he too is anti union by going after retirement benefits and in his failure to negotiate a contract with the teachers.

The Governor will be on the Big Island on Tuesday, August 2, giving speeches at three Hilo venues and we plan a protest at all three areas…

Full article here: Support Grows to Demonstrate Against Abercrombie Visit

In a posting yesterday, Wayne Joseph writes:

"We supported you when you needed us"

Retirees we need you help on August 1 and 2nd for the following events:

August 1st  8 am sign making at the Hilo ILWU hall.    We will be making picket signs to be used during our informational pickets on August 2nd.

 August 2, 2011 Scheduled events – Governor will appear at:

8 am Keaukaha Elem 
9 am Hilo Medical Center 
10 am UHH Science and Tech Building 
11:30 Chamber Luncheon @ Imiloa 

2 pm Hilo State Building Office Opening/Boards and Commissions   

4 options – 8am, 9am, 10am and 2pm please advise which event you will be available to attend.

Hoping to get around 100 members and friends to attend. Please advise , Hope you can attend all events to send a clear message.   Please wear your Logo shirts to show our union support.

Please email me at and let me know which events you can attend.

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