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In the current issue of Malama Pono

Tell Congress: We Need State and Local Aid

Front-line public service workers are critical to fighting this pandemic and re-opening our economy. Congress must pass state and local aid.

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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Dayton M. Nakanelua

The United Public Workers extends a warm welcome from Our Union, Our Family. The Henry B. Epstien Building, our headquarters named for the first State Director of United Public Workers, is on Oahu at 1426 North School Street. Our building, distinguished with murals by world famed artist Jean Charlot, tells our story. The murals, featuring our founding members in action, chronicle the struggle by the United Public Workers to win fair wages and benefits for workers in the blue collar non-supervisory and institutional healthcare fields. It is a story of families and extended families who came together, as a community, to fight for a basic human right: fair treatment on the job. We live by our motto, “Our Union, Our Family”, and if you are a part of our community, you are a part of our family and our history.

It truly is a Proud History and a legacy that must be perpetuated, and it takes all of us, working together, to ensure the dreams of our kupuna live on for our keiki. 

I invite you into our lobby for a brochure about our murals the next time you pass the Henry B. Epstien Building. We also have division offices on the islands of Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii Island, with our Oahu and Private Sector Divisions operating out of our headquarters (contact information below).

Me ke aloha pumehana,

Dayton M. Nakanelua
UPW State Director