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   Local 996 Executive Board, 2019-2021  

Executive Board members, from left, Anthony "Bully" Badayos (Recording Secretary), Wendy Naile (Trustee), Frederick Liva (Vice President), Wayne K S Kaululaau (President), Ryan Yoshida (Secretary-Treasurer), James "Kimo" Laroya Jr. (Trustee), and Walter "Wally" Fox III.

PRESIDENT'S CORNER
Welcome to the official page of the Hawaii Teamsters and Allied Workers Union Local 996. The webpage is under construction and updates have been provided on most links. It is truly an honor to represent the Hawaii Teamsters on the journey forward. The goals for which the Business Representatives have set out this year include increased service time with members in the field, clear and open communications, transparency, and training. The shop stewards are the first line Union representatives many members encounter at the work site and it remains of importance to provide instruction and curriculum to improve the abilities of the shop steward to protect worker rights and enforce the collective bargaining agreement. It is the members who are the most important part of a successful union. The retiree is our foundation and now more than ever before we shall work on collaborating with the retiree group to ensure continued support and participation with the Union. Great things are on the horizon for the members and retirees. Visit the webpage often for continued updates. - Wayne K S Kaululaau, President
Weingarten Rights

In 1975 the United States Supreme Court in the case of NLRB v. J. Weingarten, Inc. 420 U.S. 251 (1975) upheld a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision that employees have a right to union representation at investigatory interviews. These rights have become known as the Weingarten Rights.

During an investigatory interview, the Supreme Court ruled that the following rules apply:

Rule 1: The employee must make a clear request for union representation before or during the interview. The employee cannot be punished for making this request.

Rule 2: After the employee makes the request, the employer must choose from among three options:

  • grant the request and delay questioning until the union representative arrives and (prior to the interview continuing) the representative has a chance to consult privately with the employee;
  • deny the request and end the interview immediately; or
  • give the employee a clear choice between having the interview without representation, or ending the interview.

Rule 3: If the employer denies the request for union representation, and continues to ask questions, it commits an unfair labor practice and the employee has a right to refuse to answer. The employer may not discipline the employee for such a refusal.

TRAVEL
Similar to the type of training that companies send management to better equip themselves to be effective leaders the Union also sends professional staff to receive training in negotiations, internal and external organizing, grievance handling, etc. It would be foolish and in violation of fiduciary duties to the Union not to train the professional staff to become effective leaders. The executive board recently attended a Unity Conference where continued learning opportunities provided by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. It is the responsibility of the executive board to unite into one labor organization all workers eligible for membershipto engage in organizing workers to provide the benefit of unionism to all workers and to protect and preserve the benefits obtained for members of this organization; To secure improved wages, hours, working conditions and other economic advantages through organization, negotiations and collective bargaining, through legal and economic means, and other lawful methods; To provide educational advancement and training for employees, members and officers; To safeguard, advance, and promote the principle of free collective bargaining, the rights of workers, farmers and consumers, and the security and welfare of all the people by political, educational and other community activity; To engage in cultural, civic, legislative, political, fraternal, educational, charitable, welfare, social, and other activities which further the interests of this organization and its membership, directly or indirectly; To provide financial and moral assistance to other labor organizations or other bodies having purposes and objectives in whole or in part similar or related to those of this organization;To protect and preserve the Union as an institution and to perform its legal and contractual obligations; To carry out the objectives of the International Union as an affiliate thereof and its duties as such an affiliate; To receive, manage, invest, expend or otherwise use the funds and property of this organization to carry out the duties and to achieve the objectives set forth in these Bylaws and the International Constitution and for such additional purposes and objects not inconsistent therewith as will further the interests of this organization and its members, directly or indirectly. Travel is necessary to learn and support members.
LABOR DAY PICNIC
Due to dwindling numbers of members attending the Labor Day picnic at Wet "n" Wild Hawaii, the event has been cancelled. The Hawaii Teamsters Local 996 shall participate with the other Trade Unions at the annual Unity Picnic tentatively scheduled (Sunday) September 1, 2019 at 5:00pm, Waikiki Shell. Food, games, prizes, and Union t-shirts shall be available at the picnic. The event is free of charge. Members are encouraged to join the fun and share solidarity with other union brothers and sisters.
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