Marriott Strike: Day 44 bulletin

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Rolling This Union On!

Committee Meetings:

Workplace committee leaders met yesterday, and they’re fully backing up their negotiating committee. If “One Job Should Be Enough” is going to mean anything, we need enough from the company to protect our medical, build our pensions, and deliver big wage increases. The company’s last offer was not enough. Management thinks they can break the workers by pushing this strike into the holidays. Well, they’ve underestimated their workers from the beginning!

Fighting with the In-Laws? Join Your Union Brothers & Sisters!:

The company cancelled their Thanksgiving dinners for the guests, but we’re still having ours! Our cooks are preparing turkey, dressing (stuffing), & gravy. Banquet workers, feel free to jump in and help serve. Sign-up sheets for side dishes are at each sign-in table. We will gather at PK and Moana at 10:30a, 2p, & 6p on Thursday. Enjoy Thanksgiving with your home family & your Union family on the picket lines!

“Know what you want, clarity is power.”

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Marriott Strike: Day 43 bulletin

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The child of one of our strikers was asked at school to disguise a turkey so that it doesn’t get eaten on Thanksgiving. So he disguised his turkey as a Marriott worker on strike, demanding that one job should be enough to live in Hawaii.

Who’s Got the Power?: Our momentum in this strike is growing. Kyo-ya knows that they will not have business as usual until they deliver a fair contract for their workers.

  • Every day, we have picket lines, on-property leafleting, beach actions, and customer outreach. To date, hundreds of customers have cancelled functions and room nights.
  • We’ve been in the news almost everyday since the strike began—newspapers, TV, and radio.
  • Images and stories about our strike are all over the internet—including Japanese twitter!
  • We will continue to pile on the actions and outreach until we win what we deserve.

Kyo-ya is not in control right now; the workers are. We have reached this point because of our solidarity—it is absolute strength.

Growing Political Support: Councilmember Joey Manahan and State Representative Henry Aquino recorded radio ads this week that will reach 72,000 listeners. They’re in support of our strike because they know we’re fighting for a better life for all of Hawaii’s workers.
Foodland Cards: We will issue $150 Foodland cards to all strikers who hit their 30 hours of strike support last week. Date of distribution TBD.

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Marriott Strike: Day 42

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During our last negotiation session, we all stood up for housekeeping—bell department, front desk, cooks, stewarding, servers, everybody. Before this contract fight, a lot of us didn’t realize how hard the rooms are for them. Now we know how much they are suffering and it’s not okay.

We are behind the housekeepers 100%. I respect them so much. This fight has shown me how important it is for all of us to stick together—we don’t all have the same issues, but to get what each of us needs, we actually need each other.

“We support our housekeepers, not because it holds any benefit to us, but because it’s what they deserve. It’s what is right and just. I’m filled with a sense of pride by the depth of this support from employees from every department.” — Edward Hampton. PK hotel maintenance

Get Ready for Thanksgiving! Strikers are planning a Thanksgiving feast. We have bonded through this strike, so on Thanksgiving, plan to celebrate with your home family and your Union family. More details to come.

“Encourage, lift, and strengthen one another. For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all. For we are all connected one and all.” — Debra Day

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Marriott Strike: Day 41 bulletin

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Negotiations update:

We moved significantly in bargaining, thanks to the strength and unity we’ve shown on the picket lines. But the negotiations committee agreed that management’s proposal still wasn’t enough to preserve our benefits and give us real wage raises. But the company didn’t wish to keep going. They proposed to come back to the bargaining table on Monday, November 26.

This Thanksgiving week, we need to show them that we’re united. We need to show them the camaraderie and strength we’ve built together over the past 40 days. While the hotels cancelled their Thanksgiving dinners, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving together as one ohana.

They’re testing us. We’re going to pass this test. Let’s make our picket lines stronger than ever!

Marriott Strike: Day 40 bulletin

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We are making progress at the bargaining table and will resume negotiations today at 11am.

We’re doing the right thing on the picket lines, keeping them energized and strong. Keep on dancing, keep on singing, keep on drumming. It’s working!

40 days and 40 nights:

Three faith leaders — Pastor Brandon Duran, Rev. Steve Costa, and Rev. Neal MacPherson — joined us on the picket lines and and reminded us that faith leaders and their congregations support our strike.

“I’m reminded of a story from the Bible, of Jesus sent out into the wilderness for 40 days alone and he was tempted three times. It was a temptation to give up, to quit, to stop believing. Christ said no and he persisted to trust that the mission he was called to was needed and worthy. In a similar way, I’ve seen in you a persistence, a trust, because the vision that you have – that one job should be enough – is beyond just this strike, it’s beyond just this union. It affects the entire city.” — Pastor Brandon Duran.

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Marriott Strike: Day 39 bulletin

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“Red Out” Action:

Yesterday, all 4 Waikiki hotels marched down to Marriott corporate offices in Waikiki. We chanted “Marriott Unfair”… because they are “UNFAIR!” Hundreds of striking workers let Marriott know that we are more fired up than ever!


We have negotiations today and Friday. We will give regular updates to the picket lines. So let’s keep up the chanting, keep up the marching, and keep up the leafleting. We’re out here until we WIN!

UFCW donated free Thanksgiving turkeys for all strikers!

ALL strikers are eligible for a coupon for a free Thanksgiving turkey, redeemable at any Foodland, Foodland Farms, or Sack N Save. You may pick it up at the sign-in table at your hotel.

These coupons are gifts from UFCW Local 480 (United Food & Commercial Workers). Thank you, UFCW!

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