Hawaii labor unions rally against government cuts

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii labor unions are gathering at the state Capitol for a rally opposing reduced benefits, pension taxes and cuts in government.

The Monday event in Honolulu is part of nationwide demonstrations to support workers' rights on the anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.

Event organizers said King considered violations of worker rights as dangerous as neglecting basic human rights.

Union leaders have said they want Hawaii's government to continue providing adequate service without making working families pay for it.

But the state government is short a projected $1.3 billion over the next two years, and that amount can only be plugged by raising taxes, cutting spending or reducing labor costs.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he wants 5 percent labor savings from public unions.

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