Danny De Gracia: Raising Hawaii’s Minimum Wage Is No Quick Fix

(Honolulu Civil Beat) – By Danny De Gracia. With the cost of living skyrocketing in Hawaii, calls to increase the state’s minimum wage have grown louder. But would it even make that much of a difference?

The Return of the Strike

(American Prospect) – By Steven Greenhouse. This year, thousands of teachers, hotel workers, Google employees, and others walked off the job and won major gains. Which raises two questions: Why now? And will this continue?

Addicted To Airbnb: Hawaii’s Tourism Economy Depends On Illegal Vacation Rentals

(Honolulu Civil Beat) – By Stewart Yerton. During its annual investor day conference in December, the chief executive of Hawaiian Airlines corroborated something that should come as no surprise to people living on Oahu’s North Shore or new tourist meccas like Kailua and Lanikai.

Group questions city’s decision to conduct homeless sweep on New Year’s Eve

(Hawaii News Now) – HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Crews moved through Waikiki in the early-morning hours of New Year’s Eve to clear out bulky items belonging to the homeless.

Amid already hot housing market, foreign investment in Hawaii properties soars

(Hawaii News Now) – By Rick Daysog. Eric Gill, treasurer for Unite HERE Local 5, said the offshore boom is pricing out many of his hotel union’s membership. The illegal vacation rentals, he added, are taking away hotel jobs. “What it does is create a well-heeled and wealthy group who are buying a piece of […]

Waikiki Beach Marriott workers ratify new contract

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Allison Schaefers. Six down, 14 more hotel contracts to go. Unite Here Local 5 workers overwhelmingly ratified a new contract Friday with the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort &Spa. The union now has 14 more expired hotel contracts to negotiate during this bargaining cycle, which started with 20 hotels.

Waikiki Beach Marriott workers overwhelmingly vote to ratify new contract

(eTurboNews) – UNITE HERE Local 5 members who work at Waikiki Beach Marriott voted overwhelmingly today to ratify a union contract that covers nearly 500 workers.

Waikiki Beach Marriott workers ratify union contract

For immediate release: December 21, 2018 Media Contact: Paola Rodelas Cell Phone: (808) 333-4782 [email protected] Waikiki Beach Marriott workers ratify union contract The new agreement comes weeks after Marriott hotel workers ended a historic 51-day strike (HONOLULU) – UNITE HERE Local 5 members who work at Waikiki Beach Marriott voted overwhelmingly today to ratify a […]

On the picket line

(Workers World) – UNITE HERE Local 5 (Honolulu) President Gemma Weinstein noted that “One job should be enough” was a constant chant on picket lines and sign slogans. (bigislandnow.com, Nov. 28) Union members all over the country walked the lines in solidarity with UNITE HERE members.

United Airlines flight attendants protest staff and service cuts at Honolulu airport

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Allison Schaefers. United Airlines flight attendants picketed and passed out leaflets Thursday at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport as part of a systemwide day of action.