Then you read a story in the paper where
a city spokesperson claimed that the drivers make about $57
an hour. More than your professors at HPU make.
It doesn’t seem fair. Who do you believe? Why do you believe
No labor strike can be boiled down to a problem in corporate
communications,” said Dr. Larry LeDoux, Kalamalama faculty
editor and program chair for journalism. “But often,” he
continued, “a strike can be won or lost by which side does
the better job of communicating their position to the public.”
This spring, HPU’s College of Communication will offer
a special topics course, COM 3910-A, in labor relations. It’s
designed to introduce students to a wide range of labor communication
from both journalism and public relations perspectives.
According to the instructor, civil rights attorney and administrator
Al Lynde, “Students will be introduced to typical communication
practices of labor organization with emphasis on practices in
Hawai‘i and Pacific rim nations.” Lynde went on to
explain that the course will look at how labor communicates with
governmental, media, and public audiences.
According to Dr. John Barnum, program chair for public relations,
the course “will also provide a historical prospective
of the labor movement, and analyze labor case studies.”
LeDoux added that “The course will also examine whether
there is any factual basis for anecdotal perceptions that corporate-owned
media are not fairly and objectively telling labors’ story.”
Lynde is well known to both labor and management in Hawai‘i,
as well as to both political parties. In addition to his Doctor
of Jurisprudence degree from New York University he has M.A.
and a B.A. degrees in political science and he has organized
at least 10 political campaigns in Hawai‘i, most recently
former Lieutenant Governor Mazie Hirono’s first successful
campaign for Lieutenant Governor.
In addition to a number of years in private practice, Lynde is
presently an administrator with the Hawai‘i Civil Rights
Commission, where for the past seven years he has been, among
other positions, public education coordinator on civil rights
laws and director of mediation. From 1981 to 1987 he was an assistant
professor of law and Affirmative Action director at the University
of Hawai‘i’s William S. Richardson School of Law.
More recently he has taught law and political science at Chaminade
and Hawai‘i Pacific University.
Lynde’ s media experience goes back to high school, where
he was sports and then co-editor in chief of the Kaimuki H.S.
Bulldog in the year it won an award as State Public High School
Newspaper of the Year. He was awarded a National Quill & Scroll
Scholarship and was a reporter for both Ka Leo O Hawai‘i
and the NYU law school newspaper.
While at New York University, Lynde also worked for Pace Theatrical
Group and studied at the NYU Film School. He was assistant to
the producer of the Miramax production of Picture Bride, winner
of the Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award. He has
produced scores of theatrical, television, radio, and print advertisements.
For more information about the new labor relations course, e-mail
Dr. LeDoux at firstname.lastname@example.org.