Local 5 General Election endorsements

Vote Kirk Caldwell for Mayor Local 5 will support Kirk Caldwell for re-election as Honolulu Mayor. After Local 5 convention delegates heard from both Caldwell and his opponent Charles Djou at our recent annual convention, they were asked two questions: should Local 5 endorse a candidate in the Mayor’s election? and, which candidate should we […]


Local 5 disputes city permit for Ritz project

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Allison Schaefers. The labor union Unite Here Local 5 is challenging the city Department of Planning and Permitting’s decision to approve a special district permit for the controversial Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach project.


Hilton bartender wins back pay

Bartender Taitian Hong was scheduled a 4-hour shift at the Hau Tree Bar at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. When an 8-hour shift became available, he was not offered the shift according to seniority. He filed a grievance with the Contract Enforcement Team and won back-pay for the 4-hour difference ($154.60 total.) #WorkersLead

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Hilton housekeeper’s suspension expunged with back-pay

Hilton Hawaiian Village housekeeper Lynn Kekoa (on the right) was suspended for 3 days. Her Shop Steward Sarina Cabaccang (left) sat in the interview with her and realized later that the C&A (Conduct & Ability report) was not given to the union, which is required by our union contract. They filed a grievance with the […]

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September 2016 Workers Lead Bulletin

Ka’anapali Beach Club workers rally, Marriott housekeepers take their lunch break, and more. Read below for more of our Local 5  victories. (Printable PDF version of our August 2016 Workers Lead Bulletin: English and Chinese.) Waikiki Beach Marriott Bibingka Break 88% of Waikiki Beach Marriott housekeepers said they don’t take their lunch break because they […]