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.

MTD Pearl Harbor Anniversary

Resources Available to Affected Member in the Pacific Northwest & California

Dozens of historic deadly wildfires continue to consume millions of acres in the west, especially in California, Oregon and Washington where in some cases entire towns have been destroyed and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes.

Most evacuees have had to leave quickly with little advance notice, taking what few belongings they could. Thousands of homes and businesses have been incinerated. Weather conditions are improving, but the fire danger isn’t over. Wildfires are also burning in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

The Metal Trades Department has compiled a list of resources for our members and employment partners. If you need additional assistance, contact your MTD General Representative.

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