Media Advisory for June 22, 2018
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Maui hotel workers to sign wave, demand that One Job Should Be Enough
20 Hawaii hotels, including Sheraton Maui, have union contracts expiring in 2018; workers call on hotel companies to provide One Job that is Enough for Workers
WHERE: Lahaina Cannery Mall (1221 Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina, HI 96761)
WHEN: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 (4:15pm – 5:45pm)
WHO: Sheraton Maui workers in housekeeping, food & beverage, front desk, and more. Other Local 5 members who work at Kaiser Permanente and Kaanapali Beach Club will also be there in solidarity.
WHY: Over 10,000 workers who work in 20 Hawaii hotels have union contracts expiring in 2018. Marriott, the largest and richest hotel chain in the world, operates eight Local 5 hotels including Sheraton Maui, making Marriott the major employer that the union will be bargaining with this year.
Hotel workers are calling on Marriott to use its leadership in the global hotel industry to create jobs that are enough to live on in Hawaii. Local 5 members are the backbone of Hawaii’s tourism industry with record high visitor arrivals and spending, hotel sales, and room rates; yet workers struggle to live in the same city they welcome guests and travelers to.
“I’m a single mom of 3 kids and I work two full-time jobs as a phone operator at two hotels. I am fighting for this contract to make these jobs good enough so that I can work one job and spend time with my kids. I also don’t want them to struggle with two jobs like me,” says Laurie DeCoite, who has worked at the Sheraton Maui’s PBX department for 30 years.
Marriott employees in nine cities across the U.S. and Canada who are members of UNITE HERE will also hold simultaneous demonstrations in what will be the launch of an international contract fight for Marriott workers facing or already impacted by immediate contract expirations. In addition to demanding Marriott provide jobs that are enough for workers to live on in the cities where they work, workers will demand Marriott protect their ability to serve guests, use technology to innovate not cut human service, and offer stronger protections for safety at work, including sexual harassment.
VISUALS: Workers in red shirts, holding signs and banners that read “One Job Should Be Enough”
Local 5 represents approximately 11,000 workers throughout Hawaii who work in the hospitality, health care and food service industries and is an affiliate of UNITE HERE, an international union that represents over 250,000 workers throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.unitehere5.org.
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