Political Action is the way which we “encourage the fullest participation in the democratic processes of our community and our nation in order to help assure honest government responsible to the people. To support and encourage the members’ interest in world as well as national and local events, since events throughout the world affect the people of Hawaii.

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









lect labor-friendly officials.

The M.O.V.E. is UPW’s political plan of action. According to Webster’s Dictionary, “Move is to advance from one place to another; altering positions; act or be active.” M.O.V.E. contains the four essential elements needed to win elections, affect legislation, and make a difference in our community.


Volunteers are asked to provide assistance for one hour. If you sign up to volunteer on this website or at a Section 8 meeting, we may call to check your availability for sign waving, phone banking, canvassing, or various events. Volunteers (and any family or friends that come with you) receive a new GOTTA M.O.V.E. t-shirt!

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Political Action Committees

What does a Political Action Committee (PAC) do?

The UPW PACs work to interview and endorse candidates and are active in UPW’s other political activities.

Who are the PAC members?

Division PAC members are UPW members that are part of the Division Executive Board. State PAC members include the State President, State Secretary-Treasurer, State Director and Division Vice-Presidents. For more information, please see the UPW Constitution.

How do I participate?

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact your division office for more information.

Check back for a list of elected UPW-endorsed candidates.

Check back for results of the General Election.

Our Position

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2018 Elections Media

After interviewing two other candidates for the office, the UPW State PAC endorsed Governor David Ige for reelection in the 2018 Gubernatorial election. Former Councilmember Mike Victorino was endorsed by the Maui Division Political Action Committee in the race for Maui Mayor; and,  Derek Kawakami was endorsed by the Kauai Division Political Action Committee for Mayor in Kauai. CLICK HERE for a full listing of candidates endorsed in the 2018 elections.

Voter Information

Important Dates for Voters

Primary Election

  • July 12, 2018: Voter registration deadline
  • July 30, 2018: Early walk-in locations open.
  • August 4, 2018: Deadline to request a mail ballot
  • August 9, 2018: Early walk-in voting ends
  • August 11, 2018: Primary Election
    • Polls open from: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

General Election

  • October 9, 2018: Voter registration deadline for General Election
  • October 23, 2018: Early walk-in locations open
  • October 30, 2018: Deadline to request a mail ballot
  • November 3, 2018: Early walk-in voting ends
  • November 6, 2018: General Election
    • Polls open from: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Register to Vote

If you don’t register online, you can:

  • Complete a voter registration form at the next Section 8 meeting and UPW will submit it to the Office of Elections for you.
  • Download a copy of the registration form from the Office of Elections website and mail it in.
  • Voter registration forms are available at all UPW offices throughout the State.
  • For further assistance, please visit the Office of Elections website or call UPW’s Government Affairs office at (808) 847-2631.

Above, in the background: Sign Waving is an important part of showing support for our endorsed candidates. Oahu Division member Donald Soares is pictured here at Waipahu Triangle in support of Kirk Caldwell in the last Mayoral election.

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