Please call AND email TODAY: Speaker Scott Saiki 586-6100 repsaiki@Capitol.hawaii.gov
AND Labor Chair Richard Onishi 586-6120 reponishi@Capitol.hawaii.gov
SB2018 which gradually increases the minimum wage to $18 by 2026 and does not increase the tip penalty must get posted for a hearing today by the House Labor Committee, or by House rules it will die.
Please also if you have the time:
Contact your district Representative (all are listed here), especially if they are a member of the Labor Committee or part of the House Leadership Faction.
Tell them to please post a hearing for SB2018 which gradually increases the minimum wage to reach $18 in 2026 and does not increase the tip penalty for restaurant workers. This bill passed almost unanimously out of the Senate and Governor Ige testified in support.
Heads Up: The response you receive from your Representative will be “We have another ‘vehicle’ in HB2510 so the minimum wage issue is still alive. We just prefer the House Bill.”
To be clear: HB2510 is an inferior bill and the House is playing games with the Senate. HB2510 delays the $18 increase until 2028 AND it dramatically increases the tip penalty which hurts restaurant workers.
Please send the message loud and clear to the House. No games. Schedule and pass SB2018 without amendments now. Hawaiʻi workers deserve it.
Be sure to mention of you live on Saiki’s district, and if not then you wouldn’t be inclined to vote for him if you moved there or if he sought higher office and you had the chance to vote for him.