HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) is urging the U.S. Department of Labor to move quickly to assist Maui sugar plantation workers being laid off this year.
Nearly 100 of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. plantation's 675 employees have already lost their jobs. The rest will be laid off as the plantation phases out sugar operations by the end of the year.
HC&S is Hawaii's last sugar plantation.
Hirono is asking the U.S. Department to speed up approval of union requests to help the displaced employees. Federal assistance could include job search help, training and other resources.
"Maui's last sugar harvest is already underway, and obtaining the assistance that affected Maui families deserve in a timely manner will require coordination on all levels," Hirono said, in a news release.