Marriott Strike: Day 37 bulletin

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Day 37: Because We’re Worth It

“This strike opened up my eyes. When we go back, we will know so much more about ourselves. We will go back stronger, wiser and clearer about where we stand with the company. We must enforce this contract, we must understand what we are worth and the importance of the work we do. We have changed because of this struggle. I will not go back for less than what I deserve because I know my value.”

—Roblyn Kastrinakis, Pantry, Moana Surfrider, 7 years.

Hawaii’s Need or Corporate Greed?:

Marriott made $1.49 billion in profits in the first nine months of this year. In 2012 (the most recent data available), Kyo-ya made $166,220,000 in straight profits at its 5 Hawaii hotels. Even by those 2012 numbers, if they paid workers $10 more per hour, we estimate they would still make $112,140,000 in profits. Our companies are successful, so what about us?

Take pride in how far you have come, and have faith in how far you can go.

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Marriott Strike: Day 36 bulletin

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Our Ask Worked!

JTB is now notifying clients via their website about our striking hotels. Many guests have been very disappointed by the lack of notice and lack of services.

Contracts & Negotiations:

We’ve now reached contract settlements in Detroit, San Jose, San Diego and Oakland. Their negotiating committees are excited about reaching agreements and winning improvements for their cities. Negotiations are being held in San Francisco & Boston today and tomorrow. Hawaii has negotiations this Thursday & Friday.

Mahalo to Our Veterans:

Happy Veterans Day and mahalo to our Local 5 veterans. Most veterans are working folks just like us, fighting for a better future. Thank you for your sacrifices.

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Marriott Strike: Day 35 bulletin

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“I am inspired that we won for housekeeping, and I’m grateful to all of the departments for backing us up. As we go to week six, the company will see that we are even more determined to fight. The fact that they couldn’t give us the wage increases we need makes me mad—I’m not out here striking for nickels and dimes. I’m out here until we win!” —Jowenna Ellazar, Negotiating Committee, Sheraton PK, Housekeeping.

Ohayogozaimasu, おはようございます:
UNITE HERE! representative Carrie Sallgren met with a Counsellor at the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C. and discussed the strike in Hawaiʻi. The Counsellor committed to reaching out to his contacts in Tokyo! He told us that he would keep us posted when he hears back. Our Japanese visitors deserve to know what’s going on. This is more pressure on Kyo-ya and Marriott to do the right thing for us and the guests!

“Other famous men, those of much talk and few deeds, soon evaporate. Action is the dignity of greatness.” –Jose Marti

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Marriott Strike: Day 34 bulletin

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Bargaining Update:

Sheraton Maui (pictured here) and Sheraton Kauai workers joined our Waikiki picket lines. We’re on strike on two different islands (Oahu and Maui), but our message is the same everywhere: One Job Should Be Enough!

The negotiating committee met with management reps Thursday and Friday. Clearly our strike is moving them. There were items management said NO to from the beginning of our negotiations—and now they are saying YES.

However, management did not give enough on economics. We told management that “One Job Should Be Enough” means delivering enough to cover the needs of ourselves and our families.

We will negotiate again this week starting Thursday.

UH students delegate Sheraton Waikiki GM:

A delegation of student leaders from Kia‘i Ke Kahaukani and Academic Labor United came to the picket lines to support our strike. They also spoke about how Mauna Kea protectors may be penalized under proposed UH rules. Then they delegated Tom Calame, the new General Manager of the Sheraton Waikiki, sharing their support for One Job Should be Enough.

Quote Of the Day: “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” —Chris Grosser

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Marriott Strike Bulletin Day 33

“Hawaiʻi needs a four year contract. We are powerful because we are all together. We need to make sure that we are powerful the next time we have to fight.” – Kataki Vaea, Sheraton Maui Lead Cook, 26 years

Breaking Bread

In the Bible, Jesus fed the 5,000 people by breaking bread and sharing it with the masses. Our faith allies echoed this action yesterday morning by breaking bread for the strikers in Waikiki.

Moving forward

With every beat of the drum, with every step we take, with every chant we yell, every relationship we built, every boycott, every delegation, every leaflet, every effort we have moved this contract forward. We are approaching the top of the hill, let’s bring this home. Never surrender!

In It to Win It

Negotiations are moving along but we still haven’t reached agreements on our final priorities: 4-year contract, housekeeping room drop, and big money for our wages and benefits. We have the strength, we have the unity, never surrender!

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. –Frederick Douglass