Senators Inouye, Akaka Push for Job Re-training of Aloha Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KHNL) -- U.S. Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka are pushing to expedite a federal funding for the re-training and job placement of former Aloha Airline's employees.

In a letter addressed to Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, the senators say Hawaii is in the process of preparing a National Emergency grant to support the re-training and job placement needs of 1,900 displaced workers.

The senators say the former employees are struggling with financial obligations, medical challenges and new employment opportunities.

Aloha Airlines shut down operations on March 31.  It is being called the largest single job termination in Hawaii's history.