The purpose of the Economic Justice Committee is to develop and implement a social and economic justice agenda for the State of Hawaiʻi. The committee discusses and analyzes current social, economic, political and cultural trends in Hawaiʻi, the U.S. and internationally from a historical perspective. This committee’s mission is to examine the impact of these issues on society, especially on working people, oppressed communities and women, and to make recommendations to our legislators and political leaders for positive actions that can be taken. The committee encourages engagement in educational programs for our members and the community at large on a variety of social, political and economic issues.
The Economic Justice Committee supports proposed changes to the Hawaiʻi Low-Income Household Renter’s credit would increase it’s value to make up for ground lost to inflation during decades of neglect. Additionally, these changes will improve the credit’s structure to implement tax policy best practices, allowing for a gradual credit phase-out as household income increases, and tailoring the credit to better focus on those most in need.
The Economic Justice Committee supports efforts to amend state law to allow graduate student workers the same right to unionize and collectively bargain afforded to other state employees. Despite paying taxes on their often-insufficient income, graduate student workers in Hawai‘i are considered “student help” by the current legislation and therefore barred from collective bargaining rights alongside “inmates, patients or wards of a state institution,” as stated by the current law.