Honolulu City Council bill mandates hotel employee callback rules

(Honolulu)- Oahu hotel operators hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic are crying foul at a Honolulu City Council bill that would dictate to the managers which employees could be brought back to work as their facilities slowly reopen.

More than 600 HMSHost airport workers to be laid off in Hawaii, union says

More than 660 Hawaii airport workers will be permanently laid off Thursday, the same day that the state is reopening to tourism with the launch of a pre-travel testing program after numerous delays, according to union representative UNITE HERE Local 5.

Kaiser employees take their grievances to street

Members of the Unite Here Local 5 union and HNHP, which represents some Kaiser employees, protest the upcoming cuts to gastrointestinal and ambulatory surgery services at Kaiser Permanente’s Wailuku Medical Clinic, which would eliminate nearly 30 positions. Union members held a sign-waving and car caravan event Monday afternoon to raise awareness of Kaiser’s plans. There were almost 300 cars and signwavers on O’ahu and Maui.

Kaiser shutdown of some services worries workers

(Wailuku, HI) – Kaiser announced the reductions earlier this month — a move that would eliminate 11 staff and technician positions and 17 registered and licensed practical nurses. The cuts, which will remove several operating rooms from Maui’s health care system, will result in those services being transferred to operating rooms at Maui Memorial Medical Center, operated by a Kaiser affiliate and up the road from the Wailuku Clinic.

Hotel union UNITE HERE! Local 5 endorses Keith Amemiya for Honolulu mayor

UNITE HERE! Local 5, a union representing 12,000 hospitality, health care, and food service workers in Hawaii, today endorsed Keith Amemiya for the next mayor of Honolulu.

Green: Pre-travel testing program will help get thousands of people back to work

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – A day after announcing the launch of a testing program on Oct. 15 for trans-Pacific travelers, the governor said he is working with county leaders on inter-island travel.