State Senate poised to accept a proposal to allow vacation rental platforms to collect Hawaii taxes

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Kevin Dayton. The state Senate appears poised to accept a bill tonight that would authorize vacation rental platforms such as Airbnb to collect taxes on behalf of the state, a development that triggered a last-minute lobbying push at the state Capitol today by the hotel industry and the hospitality workers union Unite HERE Local 5 to try to block the measure.

Local union helps legal permanent residents become U.S. citizens

(Hawaii News Now) – By Casey Lund. HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – As the immigration debate heats up on the national stage, immigrants in Hawaii are speaking out about the current climate.

In possible sign of smooth contract negotiations, Local 5 holds off on Hilton strike vote

(Hawaii News Now) – By Howard Dicus. HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – In a possible sign of smooth contract negotiations to come, Local 5 decided Thursday not to hold a strike authorization vote before talks Friday with Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Hilton Hawaiian Village workers postpone strike vote; to begin contract bargaining

(KITV 4) – HONOLULU – Local 5 union workers at the Hilton Hawaiian Village will begin contract negotiations Friday.

Short-term vacation rentals on O’ahu could soon be regulated

(KITV 4) – “We’re forcing our future generations out and we’re trying to bring people with money in,” Chester Corpuz, a hotel worker said.

Bill To Create An Airport Corporation Advances — With A Very Big Catch

(Honolulu Civil Beat) – By Marcel Honore. This year marks the first time that Unite Here Local 5, the local union representing hotel and hospitality industry workers in Hawaii, has formally weighed in on the idea. So far, it opposes the measure as proposed on behalf of the 900 concession and in-flight catering workers it represents at the state’s airports.