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UPW Endorses Ige, UHPA Endorses Hanabusa
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 6483 Views :: Democratic Party, Labor, Politicians


News Release from UPW, June 7, 2018

Honolulu, Hawaii - The United Public Workers Union with approximately 14,000 members state-wide gave its political endorsement to Governor David Ige. Governor Ige has spurred economic growth by creating new markets and expanding, maintaining and reviving our existing markets. Our bond rating is AA+, an all-time high, and our unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation at 2.1%.

Governor Ige is a man of action, answering the citizens’ call for more government accountability by increasing oversight in government contracts and cracking down on tax fraud, saving the state more than $268 million. He has modernized state information systems to increase efficiency in the areas of taxation, human resources, and workers compensation.

Governor Ige has tackled the issue of affordable housing. He recognizes that the housing issue is multi-faceted and has transitioned people off the streets into living situations that are safe and financially manageable. Apart from his initiatives on the economy, affordable housing, and government accountability, he remains focused on community health, environment, agriculture, education, transportation, and our cultural history.

“Governor Ige is the people’s candidate,” said UPW State Director Dayton M. Nakanelua.  “Governor Ige is a well-rounded candidate and his record speaks for itself. He understands and has a practical knowledge of what it takes to move Hawaii forward in the 21st century.”

The Union met with two other gubernatorial candidates and completed its final interview on Friday May 25, 2018 as the State Political Action Committee members reconvened to make its decision. The members of the State PAC are working men and women from throughout the State and residing in all four counties.



News Release from Ige Campaign, June 7, 2018

(Honolulu, HI) – The United Public Workers Local 646 has endorsed Governor David Ige for a second term. The announcement was made on Thursday, June 7 at the UPW headquarters, and organized by UPW State Director, Dayton M. Nakanelua. UPW Local 646 is the Hawai‘i chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and a member of the Hawaii AFL-CIO.

Governor Ige attended the UPW announcment and said, “I am so appreciative and honored by the UPW leaders and their nearly 14,000 working-class men and women statewide. Hawaiiʻs public workers are the backbone of our State and local government operations. We count on their crucial services – working in public buildings, schools, universities, hospitals, parks, grounds, and other State and county facilities and services. These are the everyday people who are dedicated to their jobs and care about the future of our state. I am very grateful for their support and their tireless work for the people of Hawai‘i.”

Governor Ige has a long list of accomplishments, including projects in the public sector. Governor continues to promote a diversified economy that has resulted in present and future job creation, and an innovative and thriving economy. Under his leadership, Moodyʻs Analytics named Hawai‘i one of only 16 states nationwide with enough cash reserves to weather the ʻstress testʻ of another economic recession. He has maintained Hawai‘iʻs global position as a leader in tourism with visitors contributing $16.8 billion to the local economy and supporting an all time high of 204,000 jobs.

For more information, visit The David Ige for Governor Headquarters is located at 1803 N. King St, in Honolulu.



News Release from Ige Campaign, June 12, 2018

(Honolulu, HI) – The Hawaii Association of Public Accounts (HAPA) PAC have endorsed Governor David Ige for a second term. The announcement was made today by HAPA’s State President and PAC member, Brian Iwata, CPA.

“I am thankful for HAPA’s endorsement and their 650 members who represent CPA’s, accountants and tax professionals throughout the state. We have implemented strong measures to ensure the State’s financial sustainability and enable future growth. We cut waste, improved the state’s bond rating, and restructured how the state does business, saving the state hundreds of millions while achieving the highest employment rate in the country. Our economic position is strong, and we have delivered a booming economy that is ready for the 21st century. I greatly appreciate and value their endorsement.”

For more information, visit The David Ige for Governor Headquarters is located at 1803 N. King St, in Honolulu.


Ige, Tokuda and Fukumoto secure major union endorsements

SA: …One of Hawaii’s largest labor unions representing blue-collar workers endorsed Gov. David Ige today in this year’s gubernatorial race. The United Public Workers union represents about 14,000 members employed at facilities such as schools, hospitals and correctional facilities throughout the state.

“Governor Ige is the people’s candidate,” said UPW State Director Dayton Nakanelua in a press release that praised the governor’s commitment to government accountability, oversight of government contracts, a crackdown on tax fraud and efforts to increase affordable housing as some of the reasons for the endorsement….

The Hawaii Government Employees Association, the state’s largest union with approximately 42,000 members, today endorsed state Sen. Jill Tokuda for the lieutenant governor’s race….

State Rep. Beth Fukumoto also secured a major endorsement today from the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, which represents university faculty…

Earlier this week, UHPA also endorsed Hanabusa in the governor’s race.  “Our endorsement was based on input from faculty as well as Colleen’s solid track record of support for public higher education in Hawaii,”…

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UHPA Endorses Colleen Hanabusa for Governor

News Release from UHPA, June 4, 2018

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly’s board of directors unanimously voted in favor of endorsing Colleen Hanabusa for governor and officially notified her campaign today. UHPA’s political endorsement committee had recommended Hanabusa to the board for consideration.

“Our endorsement was based on input from faculty as well as Colleen’s solid track record of support for public higher education in Hawaii,” said Lynne Wilkens, president of the UHPA board of directors. “We need a governor who is predictable, driven by consistent values, decisive, collaborative, and has the integrity to keep promises — all of the qualities that Colleen has demonstrated during her years as a leader in the legislature and in Congress.”

In the letter of endorsement to Hanabusa, Wilkens noted that affordable housing, quality child care and elder care, and the cost of living consistently top the list of critical issues raised by UH faculty. These concerns are directly linked to the ability to recruit and retain quality faculty to teach and conduct research at the University of Hawaii’s 10 campuses statewide.

Wilkens also noted the UH has been an economic engine for Hawaii, with faculty members attracting hundreds of millions of dollars in research funding from national sources that create local jobs and the development of practical solutions to pressing issues in the state.

“We believe it is important to maintain this diversity of funding sources to ensure our faculty-led research programs remain resilient to economic challenges and not solely dependent upon state support,” she said.



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