Should Hawaii Hotels Help Their Workers Buy Homes?

(Honolulu Civil Beat) – By Anita Hofschneider. Jawenna Ellazar spends eight hours a day changing sheets, scrubbing toilets and wiping down surfaces in hotel rooms at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel in Waikiki.

July 6-10: Achieve the Dream Home Ownership Event

To combat Hawaii’s growing affordable housing crisis, UNITE HERE Local 5 is partnering with the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) to organize a five-day Achieve the Dream Home Ownership Event for working people from July 6-10 at the Hawaii Convention Center. NACA provides pre-approvals for the best mortgage in America for low-income to moderate-income […]

Home loan plan helps new buyers

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – Hawaii’s housing shortage crisis is so acute that there’s perfect sense in coming at it from myriad directions. One of the more intriguing approaches was unveiled this week by Unite Here Local 5, the hotel workers’ union, outlining its participation in a national program to help its members manage — and afford […]

Non-profit organization assists workers to become home owners

(KHON) – By Web Staff. HONOLULU (KHON2) – A nonprofit organization is helping Hawaii workers reach their dreams of owning a home.

Union hopes nonprofit and trust fund will help its members buy homes

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – by Allison Schaefers. Cecile Daniels, a 41-year-old Unite Here Local 5 member, works two hotel jobs and two part-time cleaning jobs to make ends meet.

Update for Kaiser Permanente members

Aloha Kaiser Brothers and Sisters, UNITE HERE! Local 5 was accepted into the Alliance of Health Care Unions yesterday. We will continue to work in partnership with Kaiser. Please know that we have made a commitment to maintain and develop our relationship with HNA (Hawaii Nurses Association OPEIU Local 50). Nothing will change. We will […]

Local 5 endorses Kim Coco Iwamoto for Lieutenant Governor

Honolulu, Hi. – Progressive candidate for Lieutenant Governor Kim Coco Iwamoto was endorsed today by the union representing 11,000 Hawaii hospitality, health and food service industry workers. “We are happy to endorse Kim Coco Iwamoto for Lieutenant Governor,” said Eric Gill, Financial-Secretary Treasurer of UNITE Here, Local 5. “She has been a staunch ally of […]

Game changer in race for lieutenant governor: Kim Coco endorsed by Local 5

(KITV) – By Jordan Segundo. HONOLULU (KITV) – Kim Coco Iwamoto landed a major endorsement in the race for Lieutenant Governor Wednesday.

Local 5 endorses Kim Coco Iwamoto for lieutenant governor

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Sophie Cocke. UNITE Here Local 5, which represents about 11,000 Hawaii hospitality, health and food service industry workers, endorsed Kim Coco Iwamoto today for lieutenant governor. The union is known for its progressive political views and grassroots activism.

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 […]