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UPW Members with Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa at a joint labor union press conference announcing the endorsement of the Congresswoman.
After much deliberation, the State and Division Political Action Committees have completed an endorsement process that began last year with UPW joining 5 other private-sector unions in endorsing Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa. UPW joined brothers and sisters with the Hawaii Longshore Division statewide, Hawaii Laborers Union Local 368, Hawaii Masons Union Locals 1 and 630, the Hawaii Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 293, and the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 121.
The first division-level meeting was held by Kauai Division on May 1, 2014. “We talked about it and asked them [the candidates] a lot of questions, and our endorsed candidates are very open and willing to work with us,” said Kauai Division Treasurer Leonora Ornellas. Leonora also serves as a steward for her unit at Kapa’a Middle School Cafeteria on Kauai.
Members sitting on Political Action Committees in the other divisions followed the same process of screening candidates before taking endorsement votes on candidates to be elected. The endorsement process wrapped up with a meeting of the Oahu Division on June 12, 2014.