(Labor Notes) – By Samantha Winslow. Seven thousand hotel workers across the U.S. are on strike against Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain. A strike that started with seven hotels in Boston quickly spread to San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, Detroit, and Hawaii.
(CityLab) – By Sarah Holder. To check into the Marriott-owned W Hotel in San Francisco, guests were ducking behind a picket line of angry workers. “No contract, no peace!” the striking hotel employees chanted. Down the block, at the Marriott Marquis, there was another circle of picketers. Big bold font on their signs read: “One job should be enough.”
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Lee Cataluna. Striking hotel workers have brought to light a powerful challenge to Hawaii: the idea that one job should be enough in a place where many people work second jobs and have done so for decades, often to get ahead financially or to do something they love.
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Allison Schaefers. Unite Here Local 5, the union representing 2,700 striking hotel workers on Oahu and Maui, accused Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts on Thursday of more unfair labor practices at its Marriott-managed hotels.
Leaders of the striking local unions are meeting with Marriott this week to discuss job security and other overarching bargaining issues. However, Kyo-ya has not scheduled local negotiations in Hawaii. The vast majority of proposals – wages, benefits, workload, staffing, and more – are discussed in local negotiations.
Victories and highlights from yesterday:
- Hundreds of strikers lined up on Kalakaua once again to show our unity and strength.
- 5 pastors from different faith traditions gathered with hundreds of strikers to offer communion and prayer.
- We passed out leaflets to the ADA attendees at their event at the Waikiki Shell to inform them about the strike and the fact that the company providing staff at the Waikiki Shell is HiEmployment. HiEmployment supplies scabs to the striking hotels.
- Last week, we delegated the Dean of the School of Travel Industry Management at UH Manoa. He responded that they do not take sides in labor disputes and will not recruit scabs. We’re invited to their next meeting to talk about the strike.
- We filed unfair labor practice charges against all 4 Kyo-ya Waikiki hotels for telling us not to leaflet on property.
- Honolulu Star-Advertiser: “Unexpected challenges to Hawaii tourism”
- The New York Times: “Marriott Workers Struggle to Pay Bills, and Credit Union Fees”
- Bloomberg Law: “Marriott Faces California Labor Inquiry as Workers Strike”
- The Christian Science Monitor: “Labor-union militancy revives, from hotels to schools and steel mills”
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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Kimberlee Speakman. HONOLULU (KHON2) – The American Dental Association Convention is in Honolulu this weekend, but with the hotel worker’s strike continuing into the second week, it’s affecting many participants staying in Waikiki.