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190 EMPLOYERS STEP FORWARD

TO RECRUIT ALOHA AIRLINES EMPLOYEES

             Mayor Mufi Hannemann and First Hawaiian Bank President and CEO Don Horner today announced that 190 private and public sector employers will be participating in the job fair for Aloha Airlines employees scheduled for Wednesday, April 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall.

            The event is for former Aloha Airlines employees.  Employees of ATA Airlines, which shut down yesterday, and Weyerhaeuser, which announced earlier it was closing, are also invited to attend.

            Mayor Hannemann said, “We’ve been overwhelmed with the response to our call for the business community to join with the public sector to reach out to the Aloha Airlines employees who lost their jobs earlier this week.  The response has been immediate, substantive, and heartfelt, and I’m absolutely thrilled that so many organizations have stepped forward to see if they can tap the talents and experience of a valuable group of workers.”

            The event is being sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu and First Hawaiian Bank.  The two have been working in consultation and collaboration with Aloha Airlines; the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Airline Division; Transport Workers Union; Association of Flight Attendants–CWA; Airline Pilots Association; and Society for Human Resource Management’s Hawaii Chapter.

            First Hawaiian Bank President and CEO Don Horner said earlier, “The business community is saddened by the loss of Aloha Airlines.  The company was part of the fabric of our islands.  I am confident that business leaders throughout the state look forward to assisting these dedicated employees in finding meaningful and rewarding employment opportunities.

            The participants will be able to meet prospective employers, as well as learn to write a resume, receive information on unemployment benefits, and learn about continuing their health insurance and other employee benefits.

            Employers unable to participate but who want to post job openings may do so by sending the information to Jeff Tom of the Department of Community Services (jtom@honolulu.gov or fax 592-8639).  Provide the company name, job listings and position titles, and contact phone number or e-mail address.  This information will be posted at the Oahu WorkLinks website.

Upcoming Job Fairs

            In addition to the Aloha Airlines event, the City is also sponsoring the WorkForce 2008 Job Fair and City Career Expo on May 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Blaisdell Center, through its Oahu WorkLinks program.  This will be open to the general public.  Details on that event will be announced soon.

            Employers interested in participating can contact Success Hawaii (Gina at gina@successhi.com or Justin at Justin@successhi.com, by phone at 536-7222, or by visiting the Success Hawaii website, www.successhi.com).

Contacts

Recorded message for Aloha Airlines employees:  447-1842

Aloha Airlines will be posting information on its intranet.

News Media Only:  Bill Brennan, 527-6928

Friday, April 04, 2008

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