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On May 21, 1945, Hawaii passed the Hawaii Employee Relations Act, extending collective bargaining rights to agricultural workers. This critical expansion of the Wagner Act started laying the groundwork for including more workers under the umbrella of American labor law. It also helped bring in the greatest labor victory in Hawaiian history the next year. […]
On October 29, 1889, whites in Hawaii lynched the Japanese organizer and merchant Katsu Goto in Hawaii after opening a store to compete with the plantation company store and advocating for labor organizing. This event would demonstrate how planters and other white migrants to Hawaii would use white supremacy and violence to establish control over […]
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