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04.09.18

IFPTE Mourns the Death of Senator Daniel Akaka

Sen. Akaka was a long-time friend to labor, IFPTE

IFPTE Local 121 President Jamie Hiranaka said that Senator Akaka’s, “many contributions to countless workers and their families continue to live on today and will for many years to come, something that Local 121 will forever be grateful for.”

Read the full IFPTE statement below.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Contact: Candace Rhett
(202) 239-4880

IFPTE Mourns the Death of Senator Daniel Akaka
Sen. Akaka was a long-time friend to labor, IFPTE

WASHINGTON, DC – IFPTE leaders issued the following statements in response to Friday’s passing of Senator Daniel Akaka:

IFPTE Local 121 President Jamie Hiranaka:

“Senator Akaka was a true hero to working people everywhere, particularly those of us here in Hawaii. Without exception, he never hesitated to make our issues his priority in Congress, including leading the fight to repeal the misguided National Security Personnel System, which would have all but ended federal collective bargaining, and put in place a pay banding system that turned out to be discriminatory and unfair. He also worked to correct the inequity in pay that federal employees in Hawaii experienced because of a lack of locality pay. His many contributions to countless workers and their families continues to live on today and will for many years to come—something that Local 121 will forever be grateful for.”

Former IFPTE Western Federal Area Vice President/IFPTE Local 121 Secretary-Treasurer Ben Toyama:

“Senator Akaka has given a great deal of himself to our nation and the people of Hawaii. As a World War II Veteran fighting for our nation, a public school educator teaching our children, and as the first native Hawaiian to serve in the United States Congress, his contributions are numerous.

“We will always remember that Senator Akaka fought for Respect, Dignity and Pride for the Hawaiians and other indigenous people of America, the federal employees and the United States of America with Aloha, which was quiet, humble and powerful. We at IFPTE will never forget his steadfast support for our rights as union members, and our jobs as federal employees. IFPTE Local 121 will always cherish Senator Akaka and we send our deepest condolences to his family and friends on his passing.”

Senator Akaka served in the United States House of Representatives from 1977-1990, and in the United States Senate from 1990 until he retired in 2012. He was 93 years old.

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FLASHBACK:
12/20/2012 - IFPTE, Federal-Postal Coalition to Retiring Hawaii Senator, Daniel Akaka: "A Hui Hou"

RELATED:
4/11/2018 - Hawaii News Now, U.S. Senate passes resolution honoring late Senator Daniel Akaka

IFPTE's Statement on the Death of Senator Daniel Akaka

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