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UPW Member Saves the day!

After a flat tire and no mobile service, two senior travelers were stranded on the side of Hana Highway.

Wade Latham, a UPW member, demonstrated true Aloha spirit by stopping and keeping them company until nearly midnight while they waited for a tow vehicle in the rain.

Read the full story here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2023/01/30/hawaii-caretaker-helps-stranded-elderly-couple/11111998002/

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OPENING DAY OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE

After two years of coronavirus restrictions, the State Legislature returned to a busy opening day for its 32nd session on Wednesday, with House and Senate ceremonies filled with guests, music, hula, hugs, and more at the state Capitol.

Members of the State Executive Board joined staff and member volunteers to show our strength and solidarity with our state legislators.

Members of the State Executive Board joined staff and member volunteers to show our strength and solidarity with our state legislators.

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Above, in the background: Early members of UPW commissioned our Henry B. Epstein Headquarters on Oahu and a six-panel mural by world famous artist Jean Charlot to adorn the building (featured here).

“On Strike at the State Capitol”, Ceramic Tile Mural Panel 1, Jean Charlot, UPW Headquarters (A view from under the papaya tree). Frustration and resentment over the state legislature’s failure to act on proposed salary increases prompted a mass work stoppage by government blue-collar workers in 1970. UPW expected a turnout of 1,000, but more than 3,000 Union members turned out at the newly constructed state capitol building to demonstrate in support of long overdue wage raises and Collective Bargaining Law. The overall effect of the demonstration was one of controlled energy and determination. Refreshments appeared. Musicians and dancers took over. A relaxed atmosphere punctuated by spontaneous remarks of friendly legislators developed. Impromptu dancing and signing groups drew their own circles of rapt attention.

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