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A raise would generate more economic activity, reduce public assistance

By Dwight Takamine

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 16, 2014

~~<p>Many of today's labor laws and worker protections have their roots in the Great Depression. The late-19th and early-20th centuries were a time of economic and social instability that included labor strife and violence. In Hawaii, the struggle to organize the plantations included disruptive strikes and violence, including incidents in Hanapepe, Kauai, where 16 workers and four sheriffs perished in 1924, and in Hilo in 1938, when police injured 50 people in firing their riot guns.</p>
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Many of today's labor laws and worker protections have their roots in the Great Depression. The late-19th and early-20th centuries were a time of economic and social instability that included labor strife and violence. In Hawaii, the struggle to organize the plantations included disruptive strikes and violence, including incidents in Hanapepe, Kauai, where 16 workers and four sheriffs perished in 1924, and in Hilo in 1938, when police injured 50 people in firing their riot guns.

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