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Posted on Sep 19, 2014

Ige and Tsutsui Earn ILWU Support

HONOLULU—Hawaii’s largest private sector union announced its endorsement of David Ige and Shan Tsutsui, and is already urging members to support and vote for the Democratic gubernatorial team on November 4. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 142 cites Ige’s 29 years of experience as a state lawmaker and strong working relationship with the union as reasons why he was chosen over other candidates for governor in this election.

“David is the kind of man our members would want as a leader,” said ILWU President Donna Domingo. “He is a person who listens to all sides, makes good decisions, and gets work done. David often says that he will ‘do the right thing, the right way,’ and that is very important for the ILWU. We need government that not only does the right things, but also does them in the right way—competently, with fairness, and with real concern for people in our communities.”

The ILWU is gearing up a grassroots network of volunteers to canvass, sign-hold, and phone-bank for Ige and Tsutsui.

“Our members immediately understand why David is their best choice for governor when they meet him,” said ILWU Secretary-Treasurer Guy Fujimura. “They recognize David as a guy who goes to work, has a sense of responsibility, and gets the job done, just like they do. He’s doesn’t just talk about the work—he does the work.”

David Ige thanked the ILWU. “I appreciate the support of ILWU representing 20,000 working men and women and their families,” Ige said. “I know what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet, and you can be assured as governor I will be looking out for the interests of all our working families throughout Hawaii.”

About the ILWU Local 142

The ILWU Local 142 is Hawaii’s largest private sector union with well over 20,000 members, retirees, and family statewide. ILWU members work in major industries—including agriculture, longshore, tourism, healthcare, and retail—on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai and the Big Island. The ILWU political action program emphasizes voter education, providing manpower to support union- endorsed candidates, and getting members to turn out to vote on election day.

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