Local 142 honored at 13th Bayanihan Gala

Local 142 was honored at the Filipino Community Center’s 13th Bayanihan Gala on October 31, 2015 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. The event’s theme “Honoring Our Plantation Legacy,” pays tribute to the past and the memory of ancestors who left the Philippines to labor in Hawaii’s plantations, seeking a better life for their families.

Local President Donna Domingo and Secretary-Treasurer Guy Fujimura accepting an award honoring Local 142 at the Filipino Community Center's 13th Bayanihan Gala with the theme "Honoring Our Plantation Legacy".
Local President Donna Domingo and Secretary-Treasurer Guy Fujimura accepting an award honoring Local 142 at the Filipino Community Center’s 13th Bayanihan Gala with the theme “Honoring Our Plantation Legacy”.

In accepting the award for the ILWU, Guy spoke about how agricultural workers in Hawaii became the highest paid in the world as a result of their union contract and about the relationship between the union and the companies. Although the ILWU fought for better wages and working conditions, the union also understood that survival of the sugar plantations was vital to the interests of the workers. He promoted support for HC&S, the last remaining sugar plantation in Hawaii.