January Victories Bulletin

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HMSHost Strike

Local 5 members at HMSHost HNL made history last month with their first ever strike at the airport! Workers showed the company that we are strong and united over the course of the three-day strike, shutting down majority of the food establishments at the airport and sending our message globally—One Job Should Be Enough!

HMSHost Workers Lobby Legislators

Local 5 members working at HMSHost HNL met with Governor David Ige to secure his pledge to support the strike. Governor Ige acknowledged the struggles of the airport workers and committed to reach out to HMS Host. Local 5 members also knocked on the doors of state legislators to ask for their support to make One Job Enough at the Honolulu Airport. Union members from the Bricklayers Union (IUBAC Local 1), Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 480, and many more joined in solidarity with Local 5 members.



UNITE HERE members from other cities support HNLStrike

UNITE HERE members from different cities across the country organized actions in their airports in solidarity with HMSHost workers on strike. Union members from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Jose, Phoenix, and Seattle handed informational flyers to travelers—sending the message of Local 5 workers far and wide: the workers united will never be defeated!




Modern Honolulu Ratification

UNITE HERE Local 5 members who work at The Modern Honolulu voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract, with 100% yes votes. The workers secured the largest pay and benefits package in the hotel’s history—setting the standard for timeshare workers and bringing us closer to making one job enough to live in Hawai’i.




KBC Rally

Ka’anapali Beach Club workers had a rally last December to demand that one job should be enough! They are fighting for a good contract that will set a good timeshare standard on Maui. Thanks to the Sheraton Maui and Modern workers who joined in solidarity!





Kahala Shopfloor Victory

Evangelina Javier, a housekeeper at the Kahala hotel was wrongfully terminated in early 2019. She filed a grievance with the help of the Union and the Kahala workers organized several delegations. After a year of thorough investigation, Evangelina got reinstated and is set to go back to work this month. Congratulations Evangelina!

HMSHost Strike Bulletin Day 3

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Watch Eric Gill’s message to HMSHost HNL Workers

CONGRATULATIONS!!! We made history with our first ever strike at the airport.

We proved to ourselves that we have the courage and the power to come together. We demonstrated to the company that we are willing to sacrifice to make One Job Enough and we’ll do it again if we have to!

But the fight isn’t over! Let’s keep the momentum going until our next negotiations the week of January 20. Our next rally at the airport will be on Thursday 1/16/2020 so save the date!

We are processing strike benefit checks and will let you know as soon as they are available. Once they are ready, we will distribute them at Lobby 6.


HMSHost Strike Bulletin Day 2

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One day longer, one day stronger!

Day 2 of our strike was a big success — we had almost 300 people sign in on day 1 and new people joined our line!

We made Friday’s frontpage news. The news of our strike is being shared not only nationally, but globally! People came on their day off; people who crossed the line yesterday came out to join our strike today. Local 5 members from Kaiser, Kahala, Princess Kaiulani, Sheraton Waikiki, Moana Surfrider, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Queen Kapiolani, Royal Hawaiian, Airport Plaza came to support their brothers and sisters. An AFA Hawaiian flight attendant joined us last night, as did a pilot from Hawaiian. Workers from other companies at the airport shared their support as we raise the standard of airport jobs.

Talk to our coworkers to join us for our last day, for whatever time they can so they can feel our collective power. We’re growing stronger together as a union family and we want them to be a part of it!

To get the strike benefit, you must complete 18 hours of strike participation by the end of the strike (Sun. 12/22 @ 3am).

HMSHost Strike Bulletin Day 1

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This is the first time we’re on strike and the turn out on our picket lines is strong!

As we prepare for Day 2 and for the busiest travel weekend of the year, be safe and welcoming to our island visitors; but let’s keep up our intensity and energy on our lines.

We got great news coverage. Our sisters and brothers from others locals in San Francisco, Phoenix, and Los Angeles supported us with their own airport actions. Workers from other unions in Hawai’i stood in solidarity with us. We got support from Local 5 members from the hotels and healthcare. We secured pledges from lawmakers and even met with Gov. Ige to gain support. The President of UNITE HERE, D. Taylor, and our Secretary-Treasurer Eric Gill, were present on our picket lines.
We showed HMS Host that we are STRONG and UNITED!

You need to stick to your scheduled 6-hr strike participation shifts you signed up for (2am-8am, 8am-2pm, 2pm-8pm, 8pm-2am) to show the company we’re strong. It’s also the best deterrent for scabs. You must participate in strike support for 3 days, 6 hours each day to get the strike benefit. If you have to move things around because of a second job or an emergency, talk to your picket captain or organizer (Lisa 223-4292). But as long as you participate 18 hours total over the 3 days you will be eligible for the strike benefit.

Stay strong. See you on the picket lines today!


HMS Host HNL: Going back to work after Strike

What you need to know:

  1. Q: What do I do when the strike ends?

A: Celebrate with your coworkers about pulling off a successful strike action and building our power as a union! Then report to work for your next scheduled shift and clock in as you normally do.


  1. Q: What if I am scheduled to work during the time the strike ends?

A: Report back to work at the time the strike ends and work the remainder of your shift, unless managers tell you otherwise.


  1. Q: Can management retaliate against me for striking?

A: No. Management cannot discriminate or retaliate against you for participating in union activity, including a strike action.


  1. Q: What should I do if managers are treating us differently?

A: Our solidarity with one another is our most powerful tool! Stick together, be proud of what we accomplished, and demand respect from the managers when we go back to work. Document anything they say or to do you that you feel is retaliation and report it to the Union. You can report it by talking to your committee leader and/or calling or texting your organizers Lisa (223-4292) or Ruby (954-9733).


  1. Q: How should I treat scabs?

A: We are legally allowed to call our coworkers who cross our picket line “scabs.” However, we cannot threaten or harass them – this can put you and the Union at risk. You can replace their name with the word “scab” but be sure to stay cordial and respectful.


  1. Q: Is our fight over?

A: No! We have to keep the pressure on the company now more than ever to win what we deserve in negotiations. We can always do another strike action! But for now, join us in our upcoming actions (including a rally on 1/16/20) leading up to our next negotiations during the week of January 20.


For any other questions or concerns, call or text your organizers Lisa (223-4292) and/or

Ruby (954-9733).