Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Praises Collaboration to Assist Displaced Maui Workers

June 17, 2016
Press Release

Wailuku, HI—This morning on Maui, Governor David Ige will sign into law two bills that will provide assistance to Maui residents adversely affected by the closure of the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S) and the Makena Beach and Golf Resort.  Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s Chief of Staff, Kainoa Penaroza, and her Maui Constituent Services Representative, Katie McMillan, will be in attendance for the signing of HB 2722 and HB 2605. The new benefits will be delivered alongside federal Trade Adjustment Assistance resources and services that Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Senator Brian Schatz are working with Governor Ige to ensure are implemented.

“The quick, effective action by the State Legislature, led by the Maui delegation, Governor Ige, working with Maui County, Alexander & Baldwin, ILWU, and other stakeholders, is exactly what needed to happen to ensure Maui’s displaced workers receive the assistance they need,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who represents Maui County. “We have a responsibility to support the people of Maui who are being laid off unexpectedly due to circumstances over which they had no control. The enactment of House Bills 2722 and 2605 is an important step towards ensuring stability for each and every worker unemployed during this time of transition and uncertainty.”

HB 2722 will create a temporary program for unemployed workers of Maui County to receive additional benefits by extending the provisions of unemployment insurance.  HB 2605 will authorize funds to establish, administer, and support job training and supportive services for those who were unemployed or displaced due to the closure of HC&S and the Makena Beach and Golf Resort. 

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is a member of the Maui Sugar Operators Work Assistance Task Force and continues to work with HC&S’ parent company Alexander and Baldwin, federal, state, and county officials, the ILWU, the Maui Chamber of Commerce, local hotels, and representatives from the private and non-profit sectors, as well as Maui constituents to ensure that displaced workers and others affected by the closures receive the support and services they need during this transition period.

Earlier this year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard met with Maui sugar workers to hear their concerns, share information on employment, training, and education opportunities, and explain what Federal assistance is available to them and their families.

The photo above and others from the congresswoman’s HC&S visit are available here for download.

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