Hyatt Regency Waikiki housekeeper informs coworkers about their rights at work

James Bartolome, a housekeeper and key leader at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, spoke at the Re-Hire Orientation for recalled workers so that they know their rights and know how to fight for them. Good Job, James!

Local 5 helps members apply for the Honolulu Rental & Utility Relief Program

A Union organizer was speaking with a Local 5 member who was having difficulty filling out the rent relief application. The organizer connected this member with Haley Oki, a Local 5 member who has taken a leave of absence to work with us on the Honolulu Rental & Utility Relief Program (RURP). Haley helped this member collect documents and fill out the application from start to finish with her insight and guidance as a trained intake specialist.

Hilton Hawaiian Village landscapers fight subcontracting, win jobs back

There are only 17 workers taking care of landscaping at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, a 22-acre property. Workers let the Union know that work is being subcontracted. They filed a grievance, and the pressure was enough to get management to bring the remaining 9 workers back and stop the subcontracting.

Watch the video of organizer Lani Meniano with Hilton Hawaiian Village worker Todd Martin. Read the full transcript below:

LANI: Good morning, Todd! How are you doing today?

TODD: Good morning, Lani! Working hard, but it’s good to be working. And it’s Aloha Friday!

LANI: Oh yeah, good to hear. So, Todd, I just want to ask you: How do you feel now that all of you guys are back? I know you guys stepped up. 8 of you stepped up to file a grievance, let the Union know that some of your other guys’ job are being subcontracted. So, and now I know you’ve been asking for more people to help you, because you’re the only one working at the time share. So now everybody’s back. So how do you feel now?

TODD: First of all, thank you to Lani and to Local 5—especially Lani for helping us so much [with the process for grievance. Because we don’t really know how to do that stuff. So having you here on property all the time, get it going, get it going the proper way. And it worked! It’s not quite done yet. Still have to do a little bit more, but once they’re done, we can take staff back to our area. Back to Union workers. It’s good to have all of our coworkers back. It’s been a long, long year

LANI: So I went around the property, and it’s nice and clean. So beautiful, so that’s good.

TODD: Thank you

LANI: Thank you!

TODD: Salamat!

(video cuts to a crowd of Hilton Hawaiian Village landscaping workers)

CROWD: Thank you!

Hilton Hawaiian Village graveyard shift workers win meals, assistant pantry shift

Graveyard shift workers at the Hilton Hawaiian Village raised concerns that they did not have food to eat at the cafeteria while they worked. Workers did delegations, emails to and follow ups with the manager and chef until they finally added an 8am-4pm Assistant Pantry shift for seven days to make salads, fruits, sandwiches, and hot meals for the graveyard shift workers.

Local 5 is front and center in the campaign to restore daily room cleaning

Cutting daily room cleaning is the biggest thing happening in the hotel industry. This plan to end daily housekeeping would permanently slash the U.S. housekeeping workforce by up to 39%. And Local 5’s campaign to restore daily room cleaning was all over international & local news this week!
Sheraton Waikiki housekeeper Julie Gabot spoke to The Guardian about how cutting daily room cleaning is impacting her workload.
Julie was also featured in the Blue Planet Foundation‘s video on her experience riding TheBus for over 33 years. Local 5 supports reliable, sustainable, and affordable public transportation.
NBC Nightly also covered our campaign for daily room cleaning, featuring Mary Taboniar, a furloughed Hilton Hawaiian Village housekeeper. She has been passing out leaflets to guests with her kids and coworkers, urging them to opt in to daily room cleaning.
MarketWatch also covered this issue, spotlighting Hilton Hawaiian Village housekeeper Nely Reinante. She is back to work, but still not getting enough shifts and hours because of the lack of daily room cleaning.

Ala Moana Hotel workers win contact tracing agreement

“Ala Moana Hotel workers scored another victory! Under our contact tracing agreement, the Hotel will immediately conduct contact tracing of positive COVID-19 cases and will notify all workers of the department, shift(s) and relevant dates. Also, they’ll provide a more detailed report to our Union. I have peace of mind because I’ll be informed if I’ve been exposed.” – Gina Porter-Alcos, banquet captain at Ala Moana Hotel