State to Receive $5.2 Million to Help Laid-off Airline Employees

WASHINGTON (KHNL) -- The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations will receive $5.2 million in national emergency grant to assist former Aloha and ATA employees.

U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye says he's pleased to have played a role with securing the grant.

"There is an immediate need for this assistance because the shutdown of both Aloha and ATA created a severe situation in our community," said Inouye.  "This award helps the state to expand its reponse in a timely and necessary way by offering laid-off workers individual career counseling, skills assessment, job retraining and relocation assistance."

More than 700 of the two airlines former employees will participate in the counseling, skills assessment and job retraining program.