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Message from State Director Dayton M. Nakanelua

Our Union Our Family, Health and Wellness 1st


As we predicted, the nature of the coronavirus pandemic requires us to be flexible in adjusting to new information as it surfaces. The recent events taken by local public officials this past weekend demonstrate the necessity to ramp up our response to this virus.

Given the bold actions taken recently by Governor Ige in mandating a 14-day quarantine for visitors to the State and Mayor Caldwell’s “stay at home, work from home” Executive Order effective through April 30, 2020, the State has clearly moved from mitigating the spread of COVID-19, to fighting its spread.

UPW remains equally committed to doing our part in fighting the spread of COVID-­19. Where we initially thought our plan to have UPW staff self quarantine and work remotely would be for just a couple weeks, we now realize that a more aggressive plan is warranted. Therefore, following Mayor Caldwell’s lead, UPW staff statewide will continue to self quarantine and work remotely and all the UPW offices statewide will continue to be closed, for at least as long as any Executive Order regarding “stay at home, work from home” is in effect.

In working remotely, the Business Agents and Division Directors will continue to use electronic means to communicate with both members and employer representatives.

Members can still mail in any payments, MAF forms, etc. to the UPW.

We ask for your assistance and cooperation in distributing this information to members in their unit and/or Division.

Again, we ask for your patience and understanding while we work together in addressing the unprecedented health crisis.

Malama Pono,

Dayton M. Nakanelua

UPW State Director

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