By Wendy Osher
The ILWU Local 142 announced their endorsement of Mufi Hannemann on Maui yesterday, in his bid for the 2nd Congressional seat in the US House.
Union officials said they need someone like Hannemann to stand up for the working people.
“Now more than ever Hawaii needs a progressive and united team for our congressional delegation to break the Republican stranglehold on Congress in their uncompromising servitude to the wealthiest 1% while ignoring the growing inequality, lack of good jobs, and hardships faced by the vast majority of working Americans,” said ILWU leadership in a statement.
In announcing the endorsement, Isaac Fiesta Jr., union president said, “Hannemann has earned the trust and support from labor unions throughout his public service. We will urge our members and retirees to support his candidacy.”
Hannemann said he’s grateful for the ILWU’s endorsement and agreed that jobs and the economy were key campaign issues.
“The ILWU has always been at the forefront in building better lives for Hawaii’s working men and women, and I’m looking forward to supporting their cause by bringing my proven leadership, energy, and networking experience to Congress,” said Hannemann.
The majority of ILWU’s 20,000 members reside and work on the neighbor islands, which contain nearly two-thirds of the registered voters of the 2nd Congressional District.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 142 is the state’s largest private sector union.
Hannemann is expected to face Honolulu City Council Member Tulsi Gabbard for the democratic nomination.
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