U.S. Senator Brian Schatz

Federal support likely for former HC&S, other affected workers

March 18, 2016


Displaced Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company (HC&S) employees are eligible to receive federal funding through a worker aid program.

The millions of dollars in federal money would provide compensation to help replace lost wages and cover the expenses for job retraining, including tuition, books, transportation, and job search and relocation allowances.

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez has yet to approve the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 142’s request for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative TAA for those workers. U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D, Hawaii, sent Perez a letter Thursday urging expedited review and approval.

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