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Waikiki Beach Marriott Bibingka Break

88% of Waikiki Beach Marriott housekeepers said they don’t take their lunch break because they have to clean too many checkout rooms. As a result, 91% said they suffer pain or injury on the job. Today, we invited them to take their lunch break and eat bibingka with us. 82% of the housekeepers took their […]

2016.08.17 KBC Local 30 solidarity

Maui hotel workers stand with the Handlery Hotel San Diego!

Maui hotel workers stand in solidarity with the Handlery Hotel San Diego workers who are members of UNITE HERE Local 30 and are fighting for a fair contract. Last week, Brett Behana, a Handlery Hotel worker and Local 30 member, stood with Ka’anapali Beach Club workers who are also fighting for a fair contract. Much […]

2016.08.02 Workers Lead social media

August 2016 Workers Lead Bulletin

A 30+% raise for Hale Koa workers, Hale Nani ratification, and more. Read below for more of our Local 5  victories. (Printable PDF version of our August 2016 Workers Lead Bulletin: English and Chinese.) Hale Koa workers to receive at least a 30% raise Because Hale Koa is owned by the federal government, its workers’ […]


Hale Nani workers ratify union contract

Local 5 members at the Avalon Hale Nani Rehabilitation & Nursing Center ratified their new union contract by a vote of 117 to 1. Their new contract addresses concerns about staffing and improves wages and benefits. Congratulations to the Hale Nani workers! Your strength and unity is an example and an inspiration for all of […]

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2016 Local 5 Endorsements

Local 5 is working to build power inside and outside of our workplaces. Voting together and winning together is one step toward this. Hawaii’s primary election is on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 7:00a – 6:00p. Go here to find your polling place or view a sample ballot. You can also do early walk-in voting […]

2016.04.01 HARIETT

HARIETT Fall 2016 schedule

HARIETT (Hotel And Restaurant Industry Employment & Training Trust) provides job training opportunities for Local 5 members at NO cost through a partnership between participating Employers and Local 5. A PDF version of the Fall 2016 class schedule for Oahu can be found here. A full list of programs available statewide can be found on […]


Local 5 workers at Hale Nani reach tentative agreement

Local 5 workers at Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center reached a tentative agreement with the company on Friday, July 15th. The new deal addresses concerns about staffing and comes with an 8% increase in pay over three years, increased sick leave benefits, higher night shift premiums and a fairer absenteeism policy to name a […]

2016 Local 5 Officer Election Results

Local 5 re-elects Eric Gill; votes in first Filipina President June 30, 2016 Honolulu – The Election Committee, appointed by UNITE HERE International Union President D. Taylor to oversee the 2016 Local 5 Officer Elections, announced this evening the re-election of Eric Gill as the top officer of UNITE HERE Local 5. Local 5 represents nearly […]

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Hale Nani workers attend Kaneohe Neighborhood Board meeting

Hale Nani workers attended the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board meeting to voice their concerns about a controversial nursing facility that is being developed by Avalon Health Care Group (which also runs Hale Nani) in Windward Community College. These workers shared their experiences about working conditions at Hale Nani, including understaffing and lack of respect on the […]