Thousands of Local 5 members will rally at the world’s largest Hilton Friday

(KITV 4) – UNITE HERE Local 5 members who work at Hilton Hawaiian Village will rally at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Side on Paoa Place near Tropics Friday. Workers say that they will demand a better contract and better job protection. The workers who will participate include those in housekeeping, banquets, food, beverage, front desk, and more. The 51-day strike of over 2,700 Marriott/Kyoya workers in 2018 set the tourism industry standards for better wages and benefits for th…

Unite Here! Local 5 to rally in Waikiki amid unexpected layoffs at The Modern

(KITV 4) – The union filed federal labor charges against the hotel and its parent company, Diamond Resorts, and say the firings come in the middle of labor contract negotiations.

Modern Honolulu to become a timeshare

(Travel Weekly) – By Tovin Lapan. Diamond Resorts will convert the Modern Honolulu from a hotel to a timeshare apartment building and has notified 30% of the staff, 78 workers, that their jobs will be eliminated in the next 30 days. This is just the latest development for a property that began its life as the first Edition hotel and has been in the headlines almost from the start.

Hotels urge Ige to veto vacation rental taxation bill

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Allison Schaefers. However, opponents like the traditional lodging industry and Unite Here Local 5 have argued that the bill would condone vacation rental operations that violate county land use ordinances.

Hawaii hotel will lay off 78 employees in planned closure

(West Hawaii Today) – By Associated Press. HONOLULU — The closure of a Hawaii hotel is expected to result in up to 78 employee layoffs.

After layoffs, hotel workers wonder what’s next for hospitality industry

(KHON 2) – By Nikki Schenfeld. HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Modern Honolulu laid off about 30% of its workers last week after a timeshare company bought the hotel in April 2018.