Workers, tourism industry leaders disagree over how ready hotels are to reopen

(Hawaii News Now) – By Mahealani Richardson. “When I go home and I leave my home I want to return in the same way. I don’t want to be contaminated going back home hugging my wife, hugging my kids and getting them contaminated,” said Affron Herring, assistant pantry worker at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Hawaii hotels battling for jobs

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Allison Schaefers. Eric Gill, Unite Here Local 5 financial secretary/ treasurer, said workers are calling on Hawaii lawmakers to do the “right thing” and have highlighted concerns through car caravans and other actions in Waikiki and other tourism districts where they work statewide.

Kaiser Permanente donates 1,000 boxes of produce to local hospitality workers

(KITV 4) – 1,000 boxes of fresh produce were given out at Kaiser Permanente’s Waipio medical office. It’s part of the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program facilitated by Ham Produce to benefit United Here Local 5 workers struggling due to the closure of Hawaii’s visitor industry.

Workers call for extended health coverage as the closure drags on

(Maui News) – By Kehaulani Cerizo. Participants in the Unite Here Local 5 union sign-waving event donned red shirts and carried signs about safe reopening and worker benefits. They also presented to the county a petition with more than 3,500 signatures from hospitality workers statewide asking hotel employers to ensure continued medical coverage for laid-off workers.

Local 5 union pushes for safety, job security

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Allison Schaefers. Unite Here Local 5 union members returned to Waikiki and other tourist districts across the state Wednesday to remind Hawaii officials to make health and safety the key focus of the state’s tourism reopening plan.

COVID-19 safety remains a major factor for hotel reopenings

(KHON 2) – By Max Rodriguez. Jamee Gomera, who works reservations at Waikoloa Beach Marriott said she wants to return to work in a safe environment. Gomera said, “We got to get the message out that we want to make sure everyone is safe when we get back, and we want to get back.”