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Featuring: Na Hoku Pa Moke Boy Weldon Kekauoha Kekoa Kane & Friends HI Risk To Benefit: Labor Day Celebration and FOOD DRIVE to benefit the Hawaii State AFL-CIO Labor Community Services food pantry Parking Pass: Parking pass available for pickup at UPW for surrounding lots. No guaranteed parking, first come first served. RSVP: Maximum 5 tickets per UPW member. To RSVP, call Hauoli Kim at 847-2631 by August 31 at 4:30 pm. Absolutely NO: Coolers or Alcohol!
he Labor Movement is much larger than any one Union, and we often coordinate with other Unions in a show of solidarity on issues affecting working families, in general. Left, in an interview with Jobeth Devera (Hawaii News Now) at a rally protesting the arrival of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, UPW State Director Dayton M. Nakanelua talks about the importance of having the rights to collectively bargain for fair wages and benefits.
In support of Wisconsin workers, nearly 50 UPW members joined in, with brothers and sisters from various local unions across the state, and share their reasons for being involved in the rally.
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.