Nearly 900 participate in Union Day of Action in Honolulu

Nearly 900 Local 5 members, other unions, and community supporters came to our Union Day of Action at The Ilikai, where workers walked off the job. Management reached out to us in the middle of the action to talk about a pathway to settlement. This is a huge victory and a lesson we need to take with us into 2018: when workers are strong and united, it sends the message loud and clear to our employers.

View our photos on our Facebook page.

Thu. 10/19 – Union Day of Action

Thursday, October 19, 2017

4:00p – 6:00p

The Ilikai Hotel (1777 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96815)

Now, more than ever, it’s time for working people to take a stand—and stand together. UNITE HERE will be mobilizing more than 20,000 members in 40 cities across the U.S. & Canada to show that standing together in union is the best way to create an economy that works for everyone—not just the wealthiest 1%.

Our Honolulu action will be at the historic Ilikai Hotel, operated by Aqua-Aston Hospitality—the largest hotel operator in Hawai’i. Union workers at the Ilikai are working more for less. They are paid $3.51/hour less than the union hotel workers across the street, and they have to clean rooms that are much larger with full-sized kitchens.. We must demand from Aqua-Aston and other hotel corporations that Hawai’i wants the union standard, not the Aqua-Aston standard.

For more information, visit our Facebook event.

To find actions in other cities, visit the UNITE HERE website.

Sheraton Maui worker wins Legacy Award

Congratulations to Joyce Tihada for winning the Maui Hotel and Lodging Association’s Legacy Award! Joyce has worked at the Sheraton Maui for 51 years and is a Local 5 Executive Board Member.

Kahala housekeepers demand fair workload

Housekeepers at The Kahala Resort delegated HR to demand fair workload. Some housekeepers are cleaning way more rooms than others. Managers are also making housekeepers go to different floors even when they already have bidded floors. The HR director agreed to meet with the housekeeping director to fix the issues and will get back to the housekeepers next week.

July 2017 Workers Lead Bulletin

Hundreds rally in solidarity with the Ilikai workers, the Queen Kapiolani bell department wins $1946.50, worker-led delegations at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and Sheraton Waikiki, and more. Read below for more Local 5 victories. (Printable PDF version of our July 2017 Workers Lead Bulletin: English and Chinese.)

Hundreds rally for Equal Work, Equal Pay

img_8687Hundreds of Local 5 members and the Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW) rallied in support of the workers at The Ilikai Hotel, a subsidiary of Aqua-Aston Hospitality. They are working more for less. They are paid $3.51/hour less than the union hotel workers across the street, and they have to clean rooms that are much larger with full-sized kitchens.

Local 5 is Hawaii’s Best Union for second year in a row

2017-06-05-star-advertiser-hawaiis-best-ad-print-readyWe were voted Hawaii’s Best Union for the second year in a row! Mahalo to our Local 5 members for making this possible. We proudly serve our state, our country, our economy.


Sheraton Waikiki Rumfire workers continue to build power in workplace

2017-06-07-13-25-55Workers from Rumfire in Sheraton Waikiki delegated human resources and delivered a petition signed by over 75% of their room demanding respect in the workplace. They had a follow up delegation with management to demand respect on the job. Stay tuned for updates on the workers’ next steps to unite, build power, and create positive change in their workplace.

Workers at the Hale Koa’s Bibas Courtyard Grill featured in Star-Advertiser

web1_20170630-0881-bsn-bibasThe Star-Advertiser featured our members at the Hale Koa’s Bibas Courtyard Grill in their July 6 paper. Bibas was struggling for years & the hotel wanted to shut it down. But our member-led Food & Beverage Success Committee stepped in helped turn the restaurant around. Workers called for menu revisions, better marketing, etc. Read the full story here.

Hilton Hawaiian Village housekeepers fight for fair workload

2017-05-26-hhv-housekeeping-delegationHilton Hawaiian Village housekeepers delegated the HR director to address concerns about the new timeshare tower, the Grand Islander. Housekeepers are struggling to clean its rooms because they are larger and have hardwood floors and glass showers. They scheduled a follow up meeting to further discuss the room credits.

Queen Kapiolani bell department wins $1946.50

2017-05-26-queen-k-bell-departmentQueen Kapiolani bell department workers did not receive porterage from some special groups staying at the hotel. With the help of their shop stewards Theresa Trimmer and Josie Flora, they won $1946.50 total.