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Results of the Allocation Vote and the Dues Increase Vote

86% voted YES (1,752 total: 1,512 yes, 240 no) on the allocation conference’s recommendation. (see below). Mahalo to everyone who voted!

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77% voted YES (2,114 total: 1,629 yes, 485 no) to increase the base dues rate for workers in the hotels (except for The Hale Koa Hotel, which is a Federal government employer) and at Kaiser Permanente by five dollars ($5.00) per month in July 1, 2017. For more details, click here.

We are R3ADY TO WIN. Ready to defend our contract. Ready to grow our union. Ready to secure our future.

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Next Week: Special Membership Meeting for the Purpose of Voting on a Dues Increase

2017-04-27-dues-campaign-talking-heads-posterThis is a reminder that the Local 5 Executive Board has called a Special Membership Meeting to discuss and take action on a proposed dues increase. The Special Membership Meeting will be conducted in a series of
sessions on the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii. Read the full notice here for more details. Below are the voting dates and locations:

MAUI
Monday, May 8, 2017
Sheraton Maui Hotel – Training Room
6:30am – 8:30am; 11:00am – 1:00pm; 2:30pm – 5:00pm

KAUAI
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Sheraton Kauai – Garden Pavilion, Training Room
6:30am – 8:30am; 12 noon – 2:00pm; 4:00pm – 6:00pm

ISLAND OF HAWAII
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Royal Kona Resort – Lagoon Tower, Resolution Room
6:00am – 9:00am; 12:30pm – 5:00pm

OAHU
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Ala Moana Hotel – Garden Lanai
6:00am – 6:30pm

UNITE HERE Local 5 Hawaii

Notice of Special Membership Meeting for the Purpose of Voting on a Dues Increase

The Local 5 Executive Board has called a Special Membership Meeting to discuss and take action
on a proposed dues increase. The Special Membership Meeting will be conducted in a series of
sessions on the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii. Voting on the dues increase will be by
secret ballot. Members may vote at one session only. Ballots shall be sealed and stored after
each session of the Special Membership Meeting, and counted immediately following the final
session.

You will be asked to vote YES or NO on the following question:

“Shall Local 5 dues be increased by five dollars ($5.00) per month effective July, 2017 for those
union members in the first tier of dues?”

A YES vote means that the base dues rate for workers in the hotels (except for The Hale Koa Hotel,
which is a Federal government employer) and at Kaiser Permanente would increase by five dollars
($5.00) per month in July 1, 2017.

All other members’ dues will increase by 75¢ per month on July 1, 2017, 25¢ per month on January
1, 2018, and $1.00 per month on January 1, 2018 because the Constitution of our union requires
that the base dues amounts contributed by union members increase by 75¢ per month on January
1, 2017, 25¢ per month on January 1, 2018, and $1.00 per month on January 1, 2019, for a total of
$2.00 per month. The January 1, 2017 dues increase has been postponed until July 1, to allow
Local 5 members time to vote on the above question.

A NO vote means that the base dues rate for ALL Local 5 members will increase by 75¢ per month
on July 1, 2017, 25¢ per month on January 1, 2018, and $1.00 per month on January 1, 2019 as
the Constitution requires.

You must be a Local 5 member in good standing to attend this meeting. Only members who will be
affected by the $5.00 dues increase may vote. If you are unsure of your membership status, please
call the Local 5 office at 941-2141 or toll free (800) 585-4373.

MAUI
Monday, May 8, 2017
Sheraton Maui Hotel – Training Room
6:30am – 8:30am; 11:00am – 1:00pm; 2:30pm – 5:00pm

KAUAI
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Sheraton Kauai – Garden Pavilion, Training Room
6:30am – 8:30am; 12 noon – 2:00pm; 4:00pm – 6:00pm

ISLAND OF HAWAII
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Royal Kona Resort – Lagoon Tower, Resolution Room
6:00am – 9:00am; 12:30pm – 5:00pm

OAHU
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Ala Moana Hotel – Garden Lanai
6:00am – 6:30pm

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Local 5 gains 105 new members as Hilton Garden Inn workers ratify first union contract

UNITE HERE! Local 5
Press Release
For Immediate Release
March 23, 2017

Media Contact: Paola Rodelas
Office: (808) 941-2141, ext. 270
Mobile: (808) 333-4782
prodelas@5.unitehere.org

Local 5 gains 105 new members as Hilton Garden Inn workers ratify first union contract

The deal will improve healthcare, workload, and more

Honolulu (Mhilton-garden-inn-workers-ratify-union-contractarch 23, 2017) – 105 workers at the Hilton Garden Inn, newly represented by UNITE HERE! Local 5, ratified their first union contract with a 97% vote. The new 5-year contract will guarantee wage increases, full family medical coverage, a pension, and more.

“Many of my coworkers with children struggle with paying for family medical coverage. My new union contract is going to give all of us full family medical. Living in Hawaii is not easy. We can put that savings toward other important things in our lives, like rent or childcare,” says Mason Kia, a guest service agent at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The contract also makes improvements to housekeeping workload; 79% of Hilton Garden Inn housekeepers surveyed experience daily body pain while at work and 67% take medications for their body pain. The new contract is also the first with language that allows housekeepers to drop a room from their daily quota if they are assigned to clean a room occupied by four or more guests.

“Cleaning a room where several guests stayed is hard work,” says Cecile Daniels, a Hilton Garden Inn housekeeper, “Usually it means there was a family staying there or there was a hotel party. It takes a lot longer to clean than normal. Our new union contract is going to make our workplace a lot safer for us.”

90% of Hilton Garden Inn workers voted to join Local 5 on January 16, 2017. Contract negotiations began in February, and the settlement was reached on March 15 after a 19-hour bargaining session.

“The fact that we ratified this union contract so quickly is a testament to the unity and solidarity that these workers displayed,” says Eric Gill, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 5, “When people come together, we win.”

Local 5 represents approximately 10,000 workers throughout Hawaii who work in the hospitality, health care and food service industries and is an affiliate of UNITE HERE, an international union that represents over 250,000 workers throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.unitehere5.org.

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Kyo-ya bellmen win backpay after losing porterage

2016-12-09-15-23-13-2Shop Steward Jason Timbresa from the Royal Hawaiian filed a grievance for Bellman losing porterage on a 6,000 member group of visitors. When they realized bellmen at other Kyo-Ya properties were also denied porterage, Jason and the Contract Enforcement Team amended the grievance to include all Kyo-ya properties. Grievants Jason Timbresa, Randy Kitagawa, Trisha Nonura-Bumagat, and Les Tanabe met with General Manager Kelly Sanders. The GM apologized and agreed to backpay bellmen at each property a total of almost $15,000.