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HawaiiWorks Update

April 22, 2020

Thank you to all of you who signed up to volunteer and help process unemployment claims with the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Unemployment Division.

To date, more than 500 state employees have signed up for shifts, and 100 volunteers will be going in to help beginning tomorrow, April 23, at the Hawaii Convention Center. More than 240,000 unemployment claims have been filed in Hawaii, and the state needs much help with the backlog of applications in order to get the checks out quickly.

This HawaiiWorks venture is a joint effort of HGEA, HSTA and UHPA, with the support of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, State Representatives Scott Saiki (House Speaker), Sylvia Luke (Finance Chair) and Aaron Johanson (Labor Chair).

We are building a pool of potential volunteers that we may need in the future. If you would like to add your name to the list, please sign up at

Thank you again for answering the call for volunteers. We appreciate all of you and all that you do for our communities and our state.

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