Hawai‘i Building and Construction Trades Council Endorses Colleen Hanabusa for Governor

March 12, 2018

HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i Building and Construction Trades Council (HBCTC) today endorsed Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa for governor of Hawai‘i. This is the fourth major endorsement Hanabusa has received since announcing her bid for governor.

The HBCTC represents more than 20,000 members of Hawai‘i’s various construction trade unions, including the Plumbers and Fitters Local 675, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186, Elevator Constructors Local 126, Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 132, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1, Sheetmetal Workers Local 293, Boilermakers and Ironship Builders Local 627, Roofers Local 221, Hawai‘i Teamsters and Allied Workers Local 996, and International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 50 (Painters and Allied Trades Local 1791, Glaziers Local 1889, Floor Layers Local 1926, and Drywall Tapers Local 1944).

“When I think of Colleen Hanabusa, I see a true champion of the people of Hawai‘i,” said HBCTC President Reginald Castanares, Business Manager of the Plumbers and Fitters Local 675. “We put our trust in Colleen to guide our state to build a better tomorrow for our members and for the greater community.”

Gubernatorial candidate Colleen Hanabusa joined representatives of the Hawai‘i Building and Construction Trades Council to announce the council’s endorsement on March 12, 2018, at The Plaza Club in Honolulu

“Colleen Hanabusa is a proven leader and has the passion and vision to take the helm for our state,” said HBCTC Vice President Damien Kim, Business Manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186. “She shares our commitment to providing Hawai‘i’s working men and women with hope for a better tomorrow and possesses the knowledge and ability to get us there.”

“I am grateful for this vote of confidence from the members of the construction trade unions, and I pledge to work hard to secure the future the people of this state deserve,” Hanabusa said. “We can do this together by strengthening our local construction industry, providing fair wages for local families, and promoting smart growth that’s also responsible to our natural resources.”

HBCTC lends its support to developers and land owners in an effort to promote smart growth techniques and practices that support growth while being sensitive towards the need to manage and maintain our valuable natural resources.

“We must also support and expand efforts to empower the local workforce through programs like the council’s Apprenticeship and Workforce Development programs that ensure there are sufficient highly trained and skilled tradesmen and tradeswomen to build the homes, workplaces and infrastructure Hawai‘i needs.”

For more information about the Hanabusa for Governor campaign, top issues and why Colleen Hanabusa is running for governor, visit hanabusaforgovernor.com.