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Posted on Oct 18, 2014

United Public Workers Endorse Democrat Ige for Governor

HONOLULU –  Democratic candidate for governor Senator David Ige received an endorsement from the United Public Workers, AFSCME Local 646, which represents nearly 14,000 of Hawaii’s blue-collar workers in both the public and private sectors. UPW members are employees from local schools and hospitals to airports and correctional facilities, including EMTs, nurses, technical staff, maintenance staff, custodians, janitors, refuse collectors, heavy equipment operators and many other hardworking citizens.

“Democrat Senator David Ige has a proven track record of fighting for workers and the everyday person trying to make an honest living to support themselves and their families,” said UPW State Director Dayton Nakanelua. “Growing up in a working class family, raising a family of three plus his work in the private sector and the Legislature, make him the best candidate to improve education, expand job creation and grow Hawaii’s economy.”

“I’m honored to receive an endorsement from the United Public Workers because they are one of the oldest local unions that helped to give a voice to underpaid, underserved working men and women during Hawaii’s plantation days,” Senator Ige said. “Today, UPW’s 14,000 members, living in every community across the state, play a critical role in helping Hawaii function on a day-to-day basis.”

UPW grew from a small group of Hilo road workers in 1944 to become one of Hawaii’s largest unions. The union was part of a social movement spearheaded by the International Longshoreman’s and Warehouseman’s Union, which fought to organize workers on plantations and guided UPW during its formation.

Senator Ige has also received endorsements from the Hawaii State Teachers Association, Hawaii Government Employees Association, Sierra Club of Hawaii, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142, Iron Workers Union Local 625, Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 368 and Equality Hawaii Action Fund.

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