HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Teamsters & Allied Workers Union, Local 996, which represents more than 6,000 members in Hawaii and Guam, announced Wednesday its endorsement of Mufi Hannemann for governor.
The Hawaii Teamsters said Hannemann's time working in Washington, serving as chair of the City Council, as well as his leadership as Honolulu mayor would be invaluable to the state.
A statement released by the Hawaii Teamsters said, "As mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, Mufi has compiled an outstanding record of accomplishments through his work with organized labor, the public and private sectors, he has fostered relationships in business and tourism that have helped Hawaii economy."
The Hawaii Teamsters said it believes Hannemann's ability to work with others to get the job done without jeopardizing the needs of the working people and their families is a necessary skill for a governor.
"Mufi has shown great leadership in the past and we believe will be a great governor for our state," the statement said.
The Hawaii Teamsters negotiates 80 contracts with employees statewide and on Guam. The union's membership includes bus driver, hospital employees, cement workers, transportation industry mechanics, satellite tracking operators, parcel delivery drivers, cable television technicians, laundry workers, matress makers, beverage producers and distributors, bakery employees and preschool teachers.