- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - Nearly 100 employees of Hawaii’s last sugar plantation, which is shutting down its operations at the end of the year, are set to lose their jobs in the first round of layoffs.

Hawaii News Now reports (https://bit.ly/1RxSMuC ) the first round of layoffs for Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. takes effect Monday. The plantation’s parent company, Alexander & Baldwin, said it would lay off 675 workers when it announced the closure of the plantation in January.

HC&S; officials have said the company would help the affected employees in their search for other jobs.

An agent with the union that represents a majority of the 675 employees says the workers have mainly been concerned about medical coverage and paying off loans.

It’s unclear when the next set of layoffs will be revealed.

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Information from: KGMB-TV, https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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