Unite Here Local 5 ‘putting the pressure’ on employers, lawmakers to ensure worker safety

(KITV 4) – Opening the state to tourism has officially been delayed until September 1. Unite Here Local 5 — the union that represents about 12,000 hotel workers in Hawaii — has planned rallies across O’ahu and the state.

US beaches begin reopening, with restrictions varying from state to state

(ABC) – By Matt Gutman , Katie Muldowney , Deborah Kim and Allie Yang. All of this has devastated Hawaii’s tourism industry. Shuttered shops and empty beaches are all that’s left of Wendy Perez’s 31-year career in hospitality, as COVID-19 wreaked havoc on Oahu, the island she calls home.

Column: Help hard-hit tourism workers with safe reopening of industry

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Eric Gill. Our Legislature is getting back to work. What about the rest of us? When can we go back to work? Are we safe to go back to work? How can we go to work when there’s no school for our kids? Will our families have medical coverage when we go to work in a pandemic?

‘Our life is in danger’: Unemployment hits 34% in Hawaii with no end in sight

(USA Today) – By Cristina Silva. For 32 years, Julie Gabot drove more than 80 miles round trip each day to work as a housekeeper at the Sheraton Waikiki, cleaning after tourists who enjoyed the resort’s infinity pool and beachfront views.

Second food distribution event at Aloha Stadium takes place today

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Nina Wu. Hawaii Counts 2020 Census, Child & Family Service, the Domestic Violence Action Center, the ILWU Local 142, UNITE HERE! Local 5 and the American Job Centers will also be on hand at today’s event to provide information.

As businesses eye economic recovery, some unemployed workers fear going back to work

(Hawaii News Now) – By Keahi Tucker. “Hotel workers are spooked by the transmissibility of the disease,” said Unite Here! Local 5 Treasurer Eric Gill.