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Union activist McElrath to be honored by affordable rental nonprofit

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:05 a.m. HST, Jan 23, 2014

An affordable rental housing nonprofit organization is honoring the late union and social activist Ah Quon McElrath with a plaque.

The Hawaii Housing Development Corporation will unveil the bronze plaque in Makiki on Friday.

McElrath spent most of her career as a social worker for the International Longshoremen's and Warehouse Union or ILWU.

She pushed the state Legislature to increase unemployment benefits for workers and improve workers compensation and disability insurance.

She also secured federal funds to build homes for low-income workers.

Hawaii Housing Development Corporation President Randolph Moore says his organization created the plaque in the hope that others will continue McElrath's fight for a better world.

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Leewardboy wrote:
Ah Quon McElrath did more to improve life for people than all the politicians put together. Wonder if she might have preferred the money for the plaque be spent on helping the poor?
on January 23,2014 | 06:12AM
Squidy wrote:
She probably would have agreed with you. But her lifelong dedication and career in social work and her prodigious legacy should be memorialized with something more than just a plaque!
on January 23,2014 | 10:16AM
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