NLRB Affirms That Hawaii Hotel Illegally Stunted Union Push

(Law360) – By Joyce Hanson. The National Labor Relations Board on Monday affirmed an administrative law judge’s 2016 finding that Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in Hawaii tried to thwart a union campaign illegally, while modifying the judge’s conclusions of law to conform to her unfair labor practice findings.

Local 5 gains 105 new members as Hilton Garden Inn workers ratify first union contract

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Local 5 gains 105 new members as Hilton Garden Inn workers ratify first union contract

The deal will improve healthcare, workload, and more

Honolulu (Mhilton-garden-inn-workers-ratify-union-contractarch 23, 2017) – 105 workers at the Hilton Garden Inn, newly represented by UNITE HERE! Local 5, ratified their first union contract with a 97% vote. The new 5-year contract will guarantee wage increases, full family medical coverage, a pension, and more.

“Many of my coworkers with children struggle with paying for family medical coverage. My new union contract is going to give all of us full family medical. Living in Hawaii is not easy. We can put that savings toward other important things in our lives, like rent or childcare,” says Mason Kia, a guest service agent at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The contract also makes improvements to housekeeping workload; 79% of Hilton Garden Inn housekeepers surveyed experience daily body pain while at work and 67% take medications for their body pain. The new contract is also the first with language that allows housekeepers to drop a room from their daily quota if they are assigned to clean a room occupied by four or more guests.

“Cleaning a room where several guests stayed is hard work,” says Cecile Daniels, a Hilton Garden Inn housekeeper, “Usually it means there was a family staying there or there was a hotel party. It takes a lot longer to clean than normal. Our new union contract is going to make our workplace a lot safer for us.”

90% of Hilton Garden Inn workers voted to join Local 5 on January 16, 2017. Contract negotiations began in February, and the settlement was reached on March 15 after a 19-hour bargaining session.

“The fact that we ratified this union contract so quickly is a testament to the unity and solidarity that these workers displayed,” says Eric Gill, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 5, “When people come together, we win.”

Local 5 represents approximately 10,000 workers throughout Hawaii who work in the hospitality, health care and food service industries and is an affiliate of UNITE HERE, an international union that represents over 250,000 workers throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit

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International Women’s Day: Gemma Weinstein

(Hawaii Public Radio) – By Beth-Ann Kozslovich. International Women’s Day is a call to action for accelerating gender parity. On Oahu, members of labor union Local 5, the AiKea Movement, Women’s March Hawai’i, and the Hawaii State Teachers Association will march and rally in Waikiki. Gemma Weinstein is local organizer and women’s rights advocate.

Local 5 disputes city permit for Ritz project

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Allison Schaefers. The labor union Unite Here Local 5 is challenging the city Department of Planning and Permitting’s decision to approve a special district permit for the controversial Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach project.

Local 5 workers at Hale Nani reach tentative agreement

IMG_1901Local 5 workers at Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center reached a tentative agreement with the company on Friday, July 15th.

The new deal addresses concerns about staffing and comes with an 8% increase in pay over three years, increased sick leave benefits, higher night shift premiums and a fairer absenteeism policy to name a few of the improvements.

It also resolved some of the unfair labor practices the Union filed against the company which led to a 3-day strike, including securing back pay for workers sent home after being denied the right to wear a union shirt on casual dress days.

“We are proud of what we accomplished by being united and strong as a union. We are looking forward to starting a new a relationship with our employer that will benefit our residents and make Hale Nani the best it can be,” says Louie Bernardo, Restorative Nursing Aide.

Workers will vote to ratify the agreement on Tuesday, July 26.

Aqua-Aston workers win labor ruling

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Star-Advertiser Staff. Aston Waikiki Beach and Hotel Renew workers who have been engaged in a yearlong battle for the right to decide whether to unionize earned a small victory Tuesday.