Waikiki Beach Marriott & Ramada Plaza workers ratify their contracts

Last week was full of victories for Local 5 workers. On October 16, Waikiki Beach Marriott workers voted to approve a 5-year contract with a 129-115 vote. Their new contract guarantees increased wages for tipped and nontipped workers, improved successorship and subcontracting language, the ability to decide how much of their money will go toward […]

Kaiser Update: Pension & Wage Proposals

Kaiser proposes to keep current employees’ pension plan as is. Beginning January 2015, new employees will have a 403(b) plan instead. Eliminating pensions hurts working families & our community. You get to keep your pensions now. But what will happen during contract negotiations 3 years, 5 years, or 10 years from now? Do you think […]

Modern Honolulu workers ratify first-ever Local 5 contract

Honolulu (September 26, 2013) – With a 101-12 vote, workers at The Modern Honolulu in Waikiki approved their first union contract with UNITE HERE! Local 5. Effective October 1, 2013, the new contract addresses the need for protecting good, local jobs in an industry that has remained profitable, but where hundreds of jobs have been cut. […]

Tell Kaiser to support ABA coverage for people with autism!

Over 1,900 of our members work at Kaiser Permanente.  Kaiser workers strive to provide good, quality patient care for our community; because of that, we are concerned about some of Kaiser’s recent decisions, including the company’s decision to oppose insurance coverage for certain Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) treatments. In Hawai‘i’s 2013 legislative session, autism advocates […]

Modern Honolulu: Tentative Agreement Reached!

On Thursday, September 12th, after 2 years of fighting, campaigning, and pressure from the inside out, we finally reached a tentative agreement with The Modern Honolulu hotel! This means there will be a union contract as soon as the Modern workers vote to accept it. Before the contract can go into effect, Modern workers have […]

Action at the 2013 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

The 2013 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival was held at the Modern Honolulu, which has not settled a fair contract with their workers. Modern Honolulu workers and AiKea Movement community volunteers served food and beverages to attendees, with napkins reading, “Food. Wine. Justice” and leaflets to take a moment to think of the hardworking service […]

Modern Honolulu: Negotiation Update

We had negotiation sessions with the hotel on August 27 and August 28. Among other things, we discussed the remaining issues: • Housekeeping workload • Engineering department staffing • Wages • Effective date of the agreement • Successorship (job security for Modern workers in the event that the hotel is sold or changes operation) Although […]

Local 5 ratifies contract with Hyatt Regency Waikiki

Local 5 ratifies contract with Hyatt Regency Waikiki After three-year dispute, new contract provides thousands of dollars in back pay Honolulu (August 15, 2013) – Earlier this week and by a 292-0 unanimous vote Local 5 workers at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki ratified their local contract resolving a longstanding dispute that began in 2010. The […]