(Honolulu – Over 500 employees of HMSHost Honolulu, the food service company at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, went on strike on Thursday for higher wages and better health care coverage.
Local 5 represents approximately 11,500 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 300,000 workers throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.unitehere5.org.
What you need to know:
- Q: What do I do when the strike ends?
A: Celebrate with your coworkers about pulling off a successful strike action and building our power as a union! Then report to work for your next scheduled shift and clock in as you normally do.
- Q: What if I am scheduled to work during the time the strike ends?
A: Report back to work at the time the strike ends and work the remainder of your shift, unless managers tell you otherwise.
- Q: Can management retaliate against me for striking?
A: No. Management cannot discriminate or retaliate against you for participating in union activity, including a strike action.
- Q: What should I do if managers are treating us differently?
A: Our solidarity with one another is our most powerful tool! Stick together, be proud of what we accomplished, and demand respect from the managers when we go back to work. Document anything they say or to do you that you feel is retaliation and report it to the Union. You can report it by talking to your committee leader and/or calling or texting your organizers Lisa (223-4292) or Ruby (954-9733).
- Q: How should I treat scabs?
A: We are legally allowed to call our coworkers who cross our picket line “scabs.” However, we cannot threaten or harass them – this can put you and the Union at risk. You can replace their name with the word “scab” but be sure to stay cordial and respectful.
- Q: Is our fight over?
A: No! We have to keep the pressure on the company now more than ever to win what we deserve in negotiations. We can always do another strike action! But for now, join us in our upcoming actions (including a rally on 1/16/20) leading up to our next negotiations during the week of January 20.
For any other questions or concerns, call or text your organizers Lisa (223-4292) and/or
One Job Should Be Enough!
Airline: National Day of Action
Two days before Thanksgiving, Dozens of airline catering workers at HNL joined thousands protesting at other airports throughout the U.S. on what is historically one of the busiest travel days of the year. This was, collectively, the largest worker-led demonstration at U.S. airports in years, with workers and supporters calling for American Airlines to address poverty wages and expensive health care.
This protest was the latest in a series of demonstrations by workers at U.S. airports, whose work is essential to airline operations. By bringing our message to the many passengers traveling before Thanksgiving, we hope to motivate American to resolve the labor dispute ASAP!
United Airlines and HMSHost HNL Strike Vote
United Airlines Catering Workers around the nation voted OVERWHELMINGLY in favor to strike when lawful. Newark 100%, Houston 100%, Denver 99.6%, Honolulu 100%. We made it clear: we deserve Equality, Safety, and Respect right now. We can’t wait!
HMS Host Honolulu Workers voted with a 99% YES vote to authorize a strike if one is called. We voted ‘Yes’ to get the wages and union medical we deserve, and to get closer to making One Job Enough for all Hawai’i workers! Stay tuned for more updates and for next steps as we continue to build our strike readiness!
Local 5 facilitated another Citizenship Workshop in collaboration with The Legal Clinic, William S Richardson School of Law, Pacific Gateway Center, and many more. Since 2018, we have helped over 250 legal permanent residents start their process towards citizenship!
Members of Local 5 voted with 56% YES vote to raise their dues by $10 per month to make sure our Union has a strong strike fund and general fund. With these resources we will continue to have the power to win great contracts for our members, put significant resources into organizing more workers into the union, work to pass legislation to help all working people, and build alliances in the community. Our future became more secure and bright. Let’s go win!
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(Honolulu, HI) – At Hawaii’s main international airport in Honolulu, UNITE HERE Local 5 members at HMSHost Honolulu—workers at the concessions, restaurants, Starbucks, and bars in Daniel K. Inouye Airport—rallied today to show strength and unity as they demand the company make One Job Enough to live in Hawaii.