Protecting Collective Bargaining

Government Affairs is an extension of our collective bargaining agreements. By participating in political action, you can help to protect your hard-earned wages and benefits from being undermined. Government Affairs gives UPW a voice with elected officials and the community to ensure they are knowledgeable of the issues we face. Find more information on our programs below.

Our Programs

UPW Voice

“To build and maintain a strong organization and provide for the defense of our common interests, promote the welfare of our members and families, uphold the rights and dignity of our labor and its organized expression.”

(UPW, AFSCME, Local 646, ALF-CIO Constitution)

UPW Votes

Let’s M.O.V.E  in the next election to take control in our future, makeing it our goal to register 5% of our membership each year until 90% of our members are registered voters.


UPW participates in outreach projects to give back to the community at large – our ʻāina, our kupuna, our keiki and our ʻohana.a

Oahu Division Members Volunteer at the AFL-CIO Golf Benefit

Above, in the background: “On Strike at the State Capitol”, Ceramic Tile Mural Panel 1, Jean Charlot, UPW Headquarter. 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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