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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.

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December 2016 Workers Lead Bulletin

Ka’anapali Beach Club workers ratify a new union contract, 4 unfairly terminated workers got their jobs back, and more. Read below for more Local 5 victories. (Printable PDF version of our December 2016 Workers Lead Bulletin: English and Chinese.)

Ka’anapali Beach Club workers ratify new union contract

2016-11-10-kbc-ratificationCongratulations to our members at Ka’anapali Beach Club on Maui!! 95% of Local 5 members voted Yes to ratify a new contract that includes an option for workers to join in on our Union’s Health & Welfare Fund, improved wage increases, 1 1/2 time pay for tipped workers while on vacation and for personal days & improvements to housekeeping workload!

Local 5 members travel to mainland to defeat Trump

2016-10-31-14-57-56Local 5 members went to Las Vegas and Phoenix to join other union members from around the country to get out the vote! Vegas workers succeeded in winning Nevada for Hillary Clinton, and they got Catherine Cortez Masto and Ruben Kihuen elected to Congress. Phoenix workers defeated longtime Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was infamous for his anti-immigrant enforcement policies.

Local 5 helps get Mayor Kirk Caldwell reelected

2016-11-09-21-27-05Congratulations to Mayor Kirk Caldwell for winning a 2nd term! Local 5 proudly endorsed Mayor Caldwell. Thank you to all of our members who voted and who volunteered to help get out the vote.

 

Love Trumps Hate Rally

2016-11-13-ypda-trump-waikiki-march-photos-21Local 5 and AiKea marched with over 1,100 people in a Love Trumps Hate rally. We let the community know that UNITE HERE has called for a national boycott of businesses Trump owns, has invested in, or has partnered with until the hotel honors its legal duty to bargain with members of the Culinary Union 226 in Las Vegas.

4 unfairly terminated workers get their jobs back

2016-11-02-4-hhv-terminationsThe Contract Enforcement Team filed grievances after 4 Hilton Hawaiian Village workers were unfairly terminated. The grievances went to mediation, and around 10 people came to testify in support of their coworkers. All four workers got their jobs back, their terminations were reduced to suspensions, and they get to maintain their seniority.

Sheraton grounds department workers step up

2016-10-29-sheraton-grounds-delegationLeaders from the Grounds department at Sheraton delegated management without the help of their organizers. They brought up issues in their department around standard operations, communication, training new hires, and more. Management agreed to work with them to address these issues.

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Parking victory for Sheraton Waikiki & Royal Hawaiian workers

2016-12-14-kyo-ya-parking-victoryParking victory for our Sheraton Waikiki and Royal Hawaiian workers! Our worker-led committee negotiated with the company to address the safety, economic and workplace impacts of the parking lockouts. Starting on the lockouts of December 9th & 15th, the company has agreed to go back to the old way.
 
The General Manager and Local 5 also secured parking at $12 flat rate for 11 hours at International Market Place & Hawaiian Monarch $8 for any 10 hours within 5am-6pm. See union bulletin board for full list of parking sites, details & conditions.
The parking lock-out committee organized their coworkers to get 500 signatures on a petition and bargain with the General Manager.
“We don’t have to wait until our 2018 contract negotiations to get things done. As long as we are united [as workers], we can win.” — Local 5 Parking Lock-Out committee
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November 2016 Workers Lead Bulletin

Workers successfully fought against an unfair attendance policy, improper staffing, scheduling violations, and more. Read below for more of our Local 5  victories. (Printable PDF version of our November 2016 Workers Lead Bulletin: English and Chinese.)

Annual Local 5 Delegate Convention

dsc_5687At our annual Delegate Convention, we discussed the challenges & opportunities facing the union. We rallied at Aston headquarters to demand that they respect their workers. Then we marched to the Trump Hotel Waikiki to support Trump Las Vegas workers who are calling on Donald Trump, co-owner of the hotel, to start contract negotiations after they won a unionization vote.

Hawaii Care & Cleaning workers fight unfair termination

2016-10-25-12-45-57HCC worker Sherwin Badua was recently terminated for excessive attendance. His coworkers wore buttons in support of Sherwin and to stand up against HCC’s unfair attendance policy that counts tardiness and absences as a no show. Sherwin also filed a grievance. Before even getting to step one of the grievance, HCC agreed to reinstate Sherwin with 5 weeks of back pay.

Airport Plaza guest service agents win back pay

2016-10-17-15-52-35Management at the Airport Plaza Hotel refused to schedule guest services agents by seniority. This on-going violation caused the company to back pay three GSA workers up to $1900.

 

Local 5 at the annual Honolulu Pride Parade

img_4217Local 5 and AiKea marched in the Honolulu Pride Parade to stand with the LGBTQ community. Thanks to everyone who marched with us!

 

Turtle Bay Resort workers stand up for proper staffing

2016-09-16-turtle-bay-paakai-delegationPa’akai restaurant workers at Turtle Bay Resort stood up for proper staffing. They organized to get more servers scheduled and won back-pay for workers who were not called in for shifts.

 

Fall 2016 AiKea Youth Retreat

2016-10-10-11-04-12Students from Waipahu High, Pearl City High, and UH attended our Fall 2016 AiKea Youth Retreat at Camp Palehua. They did team building exercises, learned how to organize, and came up with chants for the Pride Parade–all while having fun!

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Sheraton grounds workers delegates management

2016-10-29-sheraton-grounds-delegationLeaders from the Grounds department at Sheraton delegated management without the help of their organizers. They brought up issues in their department around standard operations, communication, training new hires, and more. Management agreed to work with them to address these issues. Congratulations to these leaders for stepping up! #WorkersLead

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Hawaii Care & Cleaning workers fight unfair termination

2016-10-25-12-45-57Hawaii Care & Cleaning worker Sherwin Badua was recently terminated for excessive attendance. His coworkers wore buttons in support of Sherwin and to stand up against HCC’s unfair attendance policy that counts tardiness and absences as a no show. Sherwin also filed a grievance. Before even getting to step one of the grievance, HCC agreed to reinstate Sherwin with 5 weeks of back pay. #WorkersLead