(New York Times) – By Tariro Mzezewa. The hotel industry says doing away with daily room cleanings keeps guests and staff safe. But housekeepers say it is a step toward cutting earnings and job security.
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Allison Schaefers. Unite Here Local 5 has started inspecting hotels for COVID-19 safety and health protocols and publishing the results.
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Allison Schaefers. There won’t be any visitors, homeless people or medically fragile guests at the quarantine and isolation hotels set up by the city and state — and guests shouldn’t expect a typical hotel stay with services.
(KITV 4) – Hundreds of workers in tourism and hospitality could be permanently laid off.
(KITV 4) – By Annalisa Burgos. Audrey Gecain has been unemployed since April — furloughed from the Modern Honolulu hotel in Waikiki — she’s surviving on unemployment benefits and help from the Unite Here Local 5 union.
(KHON 2) – UNITE Local 5, the union that represents HMSHost workers here in Hawaii, says it was sickened by the decision. “The corporations who have made money in Hawaii all of these years forget us when they can’t make money anymore and they throw us on the trash heap,” Secretary-Treasurer Eric Gill said.