December 4, 2020
For immediate release
Statement from the Metal Trades Department on the Anniversary of the Shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard that Killed Two, Wounded One HFEMTC Members
On December 4, 2019 a young Navy sailor assigned to the submarine the USS Columbia stationed at Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard fired his service issued M-4 rifle at a group of civilian workers, killing Roldan Agustin, 49, and Vincent Kapoi Jr., 30, and wounding Roger Nakamine, 36. All three victims were members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) and the Hawaii Federal Employees Metal Trades Council (HFEMTC).
On the anniversary of this tragic event, I call on our government, armed forces, employers, laborand allies to put in place meaningful programs to address mental health issues. Mental health must be de-stigmatized.
Our IFPTE brothers and all workers deserve to work in a safe workplace.