Our Union, Our Family!



Coming Up!
Labor Unity Picnic
September 1 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Waikiki Shell, 2805 Monsarrat Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815 
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Featuring:  Local Live Entertainment,

Bring a canned food donation!

To Benefit: Labor Day Celebration and FOOD DRIVE to benefit the Hawaii State AFL-CIO Labor Community Services food pantry

RSVP: Maximum 5 tickets per UPW member.

To RSVP, contact Your Business Agent at 847-2631.

Absolutely NO: Coolers or Alcohol!

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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. 

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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