The Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance for education at any school in the University of Hawaii System to the family members of existing and retired ILWU Local 142 members as well as the members themselves, subject to a preference in favor of the children and grandchildren of active and retired members and a further preference in favor of High School seniors.
The Bouslog Labor Scholarship commemorates the historic achievements of the ILWU and encourages greater awareness and understanding of the ILWU’s economic, social, and political contributions to Hawaii.
History of HBLSF
Harriet Bouslog served Local 142 of the ILWU as its first General Counsel at the request of Harry Bridges, the ILWU’s first President. Together with the brave men and women of Local 142, she changed Hawaii from a near feudal state to the vibrant multi-ethnic, multi-cultural society we all enjoy today. In so doing, Harriet Bouslog and Local 142 forged a relationship of mutual respect and admiration that lasted for all of her life.
Harriet earned her place in history as Hawaii’s first female labor and civil rights attorney. As the ILWU Local 142’s General Counsel from 1946 to 1978 she was involved in mounting the legal defense of working men and women as well as those who otherwise would have no advocate in seeking social and work place justice. Harriet Bouslog believed that assisting the members of Local 142 had given her professional life meaning.
As a result of her relationship with the men and women of Local 142, Harriet and her husband, Stephen T. Sawyer, established the Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship Fund in 1989 to benefit the children and grandchildren of ILWU Local 142 members and retirees. Harriet Bouslog passed away in 1998 at the age of 85 and Stephen T. Sawyer passed away in 2008.
The Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship Fund (HBLSF) supports ILWU Local 142 members and their families in their quest for a better life.
Mark D. Bernstein, Esq.
President, Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship Fund
Director, Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship Fund
Guy K. Fujimura
Secretary-Treasurer, ILWU Local 142
Joanne H. Kealoha
Social Worker, ILWU Local 142