‘Silent march’ protest supports government workers at Honolulu airport

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Nina Wu. The union organized the first visible protest on Oahu to demonstrate a show of support for TSA workers, said Akau, who is also organizing a food dropoff of hots dogs and chips at the airport on Friday. Representatives of UNITE HERE Local 5, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Seafarers International Union were also on hand to show their support.

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?

14 Things We Loved About Hawaii in 2018

(Hawaii Magazine) – By Catherine Toth Fox. In November, Marriot International’s 2,700 workers in Hawaii ratified a new contract with the largest hotel company in the world, ending a nearly two-month-long strike. The strike involved five hotels owned by Kyo-ya and operated by Marriot: Sheraton Waikiki, The Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and Sheraton Maui.

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.