July 6-10: Achieve the Dream Home Ownership Event

To combat Hawaii’s growing affordable housing crisis, UNITE HERE Local 5 is partnering with the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) to organize a five-day Achieve the Dream Home Ownership Event for working people from July 6-10 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

NACA provides pre-approvals for the best mortgage in America for low-income to moderate-income borrowers—with no down payments, no closing costs or fees, below market fixed rate, and interest rate buy-down.

The event is open to everyone. To register, visit the NACA website.

Download PDF flyer.

Update for Kaiser Permanente members

Aloha Kaiser Brothers and Sisters,

UNITE HERE! Local 5 was accepted into the Alliance of Health Care Unions yesterday. We will continue to work in partnership with Kaiser. Please know that we have made a commitment to maintain and develop our relationship with HNA (Hawaii Nurses Association OPEIU Local 50). Nothing will change. We will support each other in our goal to make Kaiser the best place for patient care.

As a member of the Alliance, we will join 45,000 Kaiser workers from 21 other locals in attaining a National Agreement. That process has already begun. Local bargaining will also commence in the coming weeks. Please stay involved and committed to getting a good contract that benefits all.

Local 5 endorses Kim Coco Iwamoto for Lieutenant Governor

Honolulu, Hi. – Progressive candidate for Lieutenant Governor Kim Coco Iwamoto was endorsed today by the union representing 11,000 Hawaii hospitality, health and food service industry workers.

“We are happy to endorse Kim Coco Iwamoto for Lieutenant Governor,” said Eric Gill, Financial-Secretary Treasurer of UNITE Here, Local 5. “She has been a staunch ally of Local 5 for over a decade and is an enthusiastic supporter of our One Job Should Be Enough campaign. Like us, she believes that one job should be enough to live in Hawaii, to provide for our families, and to retire with dignity. We know that she will turn the Lieutenant Governor’s Office into the People’s Office. She has demonstrated that in her unwavering commitment to equal rights and inclusivity, both in and out of the workplace.”

The endorsement comes on the heels of the latest media poll showing Kim Coco surging with the primary election less than two months away on Aug. 11.

The former Board of Education member thanked an enthusiastic crowd at Local 5 headquarters.

“In an age when labor unions are under assault from legislatures imposing right to work laws, from the looming JANUS decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, to local threats of illegal vacation rentals and privatization, it is truly inspiring to see the work Local 5 is doing with its members and the community to fight back,” Kim Coco said.

An attorney and former member of the Civil Rights Commission, Kim Coco has been honored by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change. She’s the only candidate in the race for Lieutenant Governor calling for the state’s minimum wage to be raised to $22 an hour.

Kim Coco applauded Local 5’s AIKEA campaign including efforts to help the tens of thousands of workers in high priced Hawaii forced to work multiple jobs in order to make ends meet.

“Local 5 is building a movement beyond the needs of their members and going out into their communities,” she said. “They’re knocking on doors, training grassroots organizers, doing the work all labor unions once did. And they’re doing it because it’s the right thing to do. We look forward to working with them to reclaim our democracy. Together we can.”

Message from the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions

May 7, 2018—Today, at the “Labor Summit” in Oakland, Kaiser management presented the unions with a top-down, unilateral “new partnership.” This proposal, in particular, limits our ability as union members to speak out and stand up for our rights—and threatens union members’ job security with technology and outsourcing.

Kaiser has a legal obligation to bargain with the Coalition. We will continue to take action to demand Kaiser return to the table to bargain the National Agreement.

The National Labor Relations Act gives us an opportunity to hold Kaiser accountable. The Coalition cannot agree to a “new partnership” without the voices of our 85,000 members.

“The unions of the Coalition are completely committed to Partnership and the great work we’ve done together, but any changes to the Partnership need to be discussed in national bargaining,” said Walter Allen, executive director of OPEIU Local 30.

Stay informed with online updates from your local unions and the Coalition: https://www.unioncoalition.org/social-media/

Hilton Hawaiian Village GSA files grievance, wins overtime pay

Kiyomi, a guest service agent at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, filed a grievance with the help of our Contract Enforcement Team because she was not offered a work opportunity by seniority. As a result, she was paid for 8 hours of overtime.

Hyatt Centric Waikiki Hotel workers vote yes to unionize

(KITV) – HONOLULU – Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel workers voted to unionize the organization, with the biggest election win in decades.