Message from the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions

May 7, 2018—Today, at the “Labor Summit” in Oakland, Kaiser management presented the unions with a top-down, unilateral “new partnership.” This proposal, in particular, limits our ability as union members to speak out and stand up for our rights—and threatens union members’ job security with technology and outsourcing.

Kaiser has a legal obligation to bargain with the Coalition. We will continue to take action to demand Kaiser return to the table to bargain the National Agreement.

The National Labor Relations Act gives us an opportunity to hold Kaiser accountable. The Coalition cannot agree to a “new partnership” without the voices of our 85,000 members.

“The unions of the Coalition are completely committed to Partnership and the great work we’ve done together, but any changes to the Partnership need to be discussed in national bargaining,” said Walter Allen, executive director of OPEIU Local 30.

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Hyatt Centric Waikiki workers vote yes to unionize


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Hyatt Centric Waikiki workers vote yes to unionize

Local 5 scores biggest NLRB union election win in decades

Honolulu, HI – Hotel workers at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel voted to join the 11,000 member strong UNITE HERE Local 5. Today’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election results cover 65 workers in the housekeeping, maintenance, front desk, and food & beverage departments.

This NLRB election victory is one of many UNITE HERE campaigns nationwide to organize non-union workers who want to unionize. 48% of hospitality workers in Waikiki are non-union, making $4 to $6 an hour less than union workers and with little to no job security.

The Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach is a 230-room boutique hotel on the corner of Kuhio and Seaside Avenues and opened in December 2016. It was reported by Pacific Business News last November that the hotel is up for sale.

With uncertainty of the hotel’s sale looming, major issues for the workers include job security, fairness in scheduling, and having a voice on the job.

“I’ve worked eight years in the hotel industry and I voted to unionize for security reasons. I have three kids, and I wanted security for them in the future. With a union, my coworkers and I will have a voice,” says Renante Abastas, a cook at The Lanai in the Hyatt Centric Waikiki.

“I’ve been working in housekeeping at the Hyatt Centric since Day 1. I voted to unionize because I want to be protected against unfair treatment. By voting yes for the union, we sent a strong message of unity. We hope that Hyatt Centric Waikiki management will respect the workers’ decision and schedule contract negotiations as soon as possible,” says Lady Anne Tapac, a housekeeper at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki.

In 2017, a total of 360 non-union workers in the hospitality, health care, and food service industries successfully organized to join Local 5. Nationwide, UNITE HERE organized over 13,000 non-union workers last year. Despite negative national speculation about the future of the labor movement and the looming threat of anti-union policies, these election victories show that workers understand and want unions.

As non-union workers organize to join the union’s ranks, union contracts for over 10,000 Local 5 members expire this year, starting June 30.

Local 5 represents approximately 11,000 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

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Department Meetings: Share your thoughts on your union contract

Local 5 will be conducting department or divisional meetings between March 16th and April 27th.

  • Come and share your thoughts regarding your contract and what our priorities should be in the upcoming negotiations.
  • Hear the Union plan that will bring true job security.
  • Learn about what it takes to win.

If you work at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Waikiki, Sheraton Maui, or Hilton Hawaiian Village: find your department/division meeting below. More meetings will be added soon. Contact your organizer: 808-941-2141

Waikiki Hotels – Meetings Schedule
All Meetings at the Local 5 Office
1516 S King St. Honolulu, HI 96826

Date Hotel Department Time
Wed 3/21/18 Westin Moana Surfrider and
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Maintenance 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Wed. 3/28/18 Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Food & Beverage 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Wed. 3/28/18 Royal Hawaiian Housekeeping 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Thu. 3/29/18 Westin Moana Surfrider Food & Beverage 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Thu. 3/29/18 Westin Moana Surfrider Housekeeping 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Fri. 3/30/18 Westin Moana Surfrider and
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Food Prep/
9:00am – 10:30am
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Tue. 4/3/18 Westin Moana Surfrider and
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Front Desk/Pool/PBX/Uniform
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Wed. 4/4/18 Westin Moana Surfrider Banquet 11:00am – 12:30pm
Wed. 4/4/18 Royal Hawaiian Front Desk/Uniform Services 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Wed. 4/4/18 Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Housekeeping 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Thu. 4/5/18 Royal Hawaiian Food & Beverage 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Thu. 4/5/18 Sheraton Waikiki Housekeeping 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Fri. 4/6/18 Sheraton Waikiki Food & Beverage/Host help 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Fri. 4/6/18 Support Services Reservations/Finance/Storeroom/
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Mon. 4/9/18 Sheraton Waikiki & Royal Hawaiian Banquet 11:30am – 1:00pm
Mon. 4/9/18 Sheraton Waikiki Uniform Service/Valet 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Mon. 4/9/18 Royal Hawaiian Maintenance 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Tue. 4/10/18 Hilton Hawaiian Village Stewarding 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Wed. 4/11/18 Hilton Hawaiian Village Food Prep 1:00pm – 2:30pm &
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Wed. 4/11/18 Sheraton Waikiki Front Desk/PBX/Food & Beverage Cashier/Leahi Lounge 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Sun. 4/15/18 Hilton Hawaiian Village Banquet 10:00am – 11:30am
Mon. 4/16/18 Sheraton Waikiki Stewarding 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Tue. 4/17/18 Sheraton Waikiki Food Prep 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Tue. 4/17/18 Hilton Hawaiian Village Maintenance/Grounds 4:15pm – 5:45pm
Wed. 4/18/18 Hilton Hawaiian Village Beverage 9:00am – 10:30am
Wed. 4/18/18 Hilton Hawaiian Village Food Service (Bali, Pronto, Starbucks, Luau, Rainbow Lanai, Tropics) 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Wed. 4/18/18 Hilton Hawaiian Village Clerical (Accounting, PBX, Hotline, F&B Cashiers, Reservations) 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Thu. 4/19/18 Hilton Hawaiian Village Housekeeping 4:15pm – 5:45pm
Fri. 4/20/18 Royal Hawaiian Stewarding/Food Prep/Bake Shop 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Sat. 4/21/18 The Kahala ALL 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Mon. 4/23/18 Hyatt Regency Waikiki ALL 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Tue. 4/24/18 Waikiki Resort ALL 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Tue. 4/24/18 Queen Kapiolani ALL 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Wed. 4/25/18 Sheraton Waikiki Maintenance 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Thu. 4/26/18 Hilton Hawaiian Village Front Desk 9:00am – 10:30am & 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Fri. 4/27/18 Hilton Hawaiian Village Uniform Service (Parking, Bell, Messenger, Doorman) 9:00am – 10:30am &
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Tue. 5/1/18 Ramada Plaza ALL 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Sheraton Maui Meetings Schedule

Date Department Location Time
Tue. 4/10/18 Front Office TBD 3:30pm
Tue. 4/10/18 Food & Beverage (front of house) TBD 5:00pm
Tue. 4/17/18 Maintenance 560 Kunu Place 5:30pm
Wed. 4/18/18 Banquets TBD 11:00am
Wed. 4/18/18 Kitchen TBD 3:30pm
Thu. 4/19/18 Housekeeping TBD 5:30pm

Sheraton Kauai Meetings Schedule (coming soon!)