Marriott Strike: Day 32 bulletin

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View all photos from Marriott Strike Day 31.

In it to Win it: Stay focused on the main issues: Big Money, 4 Year Agreement and Housekeeping workload.

We celebrated day 31, and we’re staying focused on our main issues.

A flotilla of surfers, canoes and swimmers took the “One Job Should be Enough” message to the sea yesterday.

Also yesterday, a group of environmental and social justice organizations came to the lines to march with us. They delegated Kyo Ya with a message that One Job Should Be Enough, in particular supporting our demands for a 4 year agreement and a lower housekeeping workload.

Bargaining is happening on Thursday and Friday. Let’s keep our lines strong so that we can support the negotiating committee.

This morning, a group of pastors will break bread with our strikers, reminding us that fellowship, generosity and solidarity will keep us strong.

Marriott Strike: Day 31 bulletin

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View all photos from Marriott Strike Day 30.

In it to Win it: Stay focused on the main issues: Big Money, 4 Year Agreement and Housekeeping workload.

Big Money: “I have two children currently in college and it is important to get a good wage increase so that we can provide for our family.” —Eric Murobayashi, Westin Moana Surfrider

“Cost of living is high in Hawaii. I work 3 jobs just to survive.”
—Kimo Opiana, Westin Moana Surfrider

“Medical is important to me and my family because we all know that medical in America is so expensive. To me, medical is one of our basic needs.” —Emily Canoy, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani

“The pension is very important. I am 61 and approaching retirement age. Without a good pension I will be working into my 70’s.”
—Grace Murar, Westin Moana Surfrider

We celebrated the 30th day on strike with food, chants, fellowship and group pictures. This strike will be remembered as a historic mark of Local 5’s history.

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Marriott Strike: Day 30 bulletin

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View all photos from Marriott Strike Day 29.

Eye on the Prize

We’re down to the last but most important bargaining goals: housekeeping, big money, and 4 year power.

Housekeeping:

“We are not 2nd class housekeepers. Why does San Francisco have only 14 rooms and we’re cleaning 15? We have lanais, bird droppings, and sand. Us housekeepers hardly take our breaks, and if we do, we’re rushing. After the renovations, it will be even harder. The lanai is glass, no shower curtain—all glass doors, the tub is deeper, and the bed is really low.

When I go home, my back is so sore. I don’t feel like cooking, it’s plate lunch every night. When the pain is bad I feel like I’m not doing my job as a mother because I’m so tired. My kids are young so I should be playing with them, but I just can’t. Something has to change for us.”
–Geraldine Acoba, Sheraton Waikiki.

More Support from Senator Mazie Hirono

She spoke about our strike and our One Job Should Be Enough campaign on CNN!

Ocean Picket

4:30pm, Wednesday at Sheraton Waikiki loading dock.

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Marriott Strike: Day 29 bulletin

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View all photos from Marriott Strike Day 28.

Community delegations to Kyo-ya

Democratic Socialists of Honolulu sent a delegation of 15 people to deliver a message of solidarity and support to Kyo-ya leadership. Other community groups are planning on delegating Kyo-ya in support of our strike.

Floatilla action

Watermen and women: we’re going to have a floatilla action this Wednesday, 4:30pm. Meet at the Sheraton Waikiki loading dock. Bring your surfboards, boogie boards, paddleboards, gear, etc.

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” — William Butler Yeats

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Marriott Strike: Day 28 bulletin

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View all photos from Marriott Strike Day 27.

Marriott/Kyo-ya & Local 5 Agreements from 11/3/18:

On Saturday night, the Union achieved a main goal in this strike—we won our top two proposals on job security. We made several other important advances.

Now we can focus in on our remaining goals—getting a 4-year contract, protecting our healthcare and retirement, getting big wage increases, and delivering fairness for Hawai housekeepers who are being forced to work harder than San Francisco housekeepers.

We Have the Momentum

As Hawaii bargaining is starting to move, we’ve got Marriott on OUR program. We had 8 cities, 7,700 workers, 23 hotels on strike. We went to Las Vegas for National Bargaining and reached historic agreements on Tech/Automation, and F&B with Marriott. Then, we told them the path forward was to settle the 1-hotel strike cities. Oakland & Detroit settled this week, San Diego & San Jose bargain this week.

Three major markets remain: Hawaii, San Francisco and Boston. We are holding the line and continuing to build international pressure. We are on the road for One Job Should Be Enough! We will settle when we win!

In Hawaii, our next round of bargaining is on Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9.

We All Went Out Together, We All Go Back In Together

We are a Union, and we won’t let anybody fall. If someone says they are struggling financially, send them to strike headquarters. Remember how much we have at stake—now is our time to win housekeeping room reductions and big economic increases. That’s why we went on strike!

Wednesday action

Watermen and women: we’re going to have an action for you this Wednesday, 4:30pm. Bring your boards, gear, etc.

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Marriott Strike: Day 27 bulletin

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View all photos from Marriott Strike Day 26.

DON’T CHECK IN, CHECK OUT!:

List of Groups That Have Moved Events:

  • Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate (5 day room nights & banquets)
  • Shidler College of Business (luncheon)
  • American College of Dentists (dinner)
  • Sheet Metal Workers Union (week-long events)
  • Plumbers Union Local 675 (conference)
  • Many guests have let us know they moved hotels

JTB: “Dozo, o yomi, kudasai.” We’re gonna reach out to our Japanese guests, especially those who book through JTB. Please look for groups and pass out leaflets and omiyage in non-work areas.

Hey what?! We’re Winning Contracts! Oakland reached an excellent contract agreement! Their negotiating committee is thrilled. We’re excited for them, BUT we need to secure what’s best for our Local in the Marriott/Kyo-ya negotiations.

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