The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor
Thursday, February 19, 2015
9:00 a.m.

GM 536, Submitting for consideration and confirmation as the Deputy Director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Gubernatorial Nominee, LEONARD HOSHIJO, for a term to expire 12-3-2018.

Dear Chairman Keith-Agaran and Committee Members:

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly supports the appointment and confirmation of Mr. Leonard Hoshijo as Deputy Director of the Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

UHPA staff and leaders have had the privilege to observe Mr. Hoshijo’s knowledge and advocacy on behalf of union members and the broader community. He is respected and his leadership has been demonstrated within a variety of activities including establishing low income housing projects and promoting the interests of the Center for Labor Education and Research at UH West Oahu.

The position of Deputy Director requires extension knowledge of both the private and public sector employment. It also requires the ability to problem solve in working with diverse interests. Mr. Hoshijo has those characteristics that will ensure a committed and well qualified Deputy Director.

UHPA urges the Committee to support the appointment of Mr. Leonard Hoshijo.

Respectively submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Associate Executive Director