Workers at The Modern Honolulu receive over $23k in back wages

The Modern Honolulu was required to pay a total of $23,543.99 in back wages owed to current and former workers.

The Modern Honolulu was required to pay a total of $23,543.99 in back wages owed to current and former workers.

This past week, The Modern Honolulu was required to pay a total of $23,543.99 in back wages owed to current and former workers! The National Labor Relations Board found that the hotel unlawfully changed employment terms and paid workers less than they were owed. Congratulations to those workers who came forward to fight alongside the Union to hold the Employer accountable!

Edward Pei Hawaii Bankers Association Bank of Hawaii Kaiser Permanente

Sign waving by the Bank of Hawaii Annual Shareholder Meeting

Edward Pei Hawaii Bankers Association Bank of HawaiiDuring the morning rush hour on April 25, Kaiser workers went downtown to sign wave and leaflet by the Bank of Hawaii‘s Annual Shareholder Meeting. We wanted to point out the hypocrisy of these big companies and their executives.  Edward Pei, Kaiser Permanente Board Member and Executive Director of the Hawaii Bankers Association, is trying to take away our pensions while heading a banking association that pays its workers a non-living wage of $12/hour, while at the same time asking the community to support needy families with food and monetary donations.

We passed out leaflets to people coming and going into the Bank of Hawaii branch and to all the business people walking around in the morning rush hour.

Why are we subsidizing the labor costs of big banks and big business?  These companies are trying to externalize the cost of their low wages/benefits to taxpayers.

Ala Moana Hotel workers ratify new contract

2014-04-24 09.48.46Honolulu (April 24, 2014) – With a resounding 159-1 vote, union hotel workers at the Ala Moana Hotel ratified a new contract that will improve the lives of 327 workers and their families and bring Hawai’i a step closer to providing good jobs for everyone.

Hotel management agreed to match the new hotel contract that was settled with the other major Local 5 hotels, like Hilton Hawaiian Village. Under the terms of the new contract, Ala Moana workers will receive an extra wage increase each year until their wages catch up to those in other major hotels.  In addition, management has agreed to make the sick leave provisions at Ala Moana match those in other hotels.

This is the first time in 27 years that the Ala Moana Hotel workers will receive the same pay and benefits that the major hotels get. When totaling the hourly wage, full family medical coverage, and guaranteed pension that these hotel workers receive, that amounts to around $31 an hour. Bringing another hotel up to that level brings Hawaii’s working people closer to achieving $31 for everyone.

“Today, we ratified and voted yes. Everyone is happy and satisfied with the new contract. After so many years, we finally received what we deserve and are being recognized like the other hotels in Waikiki,” says Liza Pintor, who works in the accounting department at Ala Moana Hotel.

Additionally, Ala Moana workers will not have to worry about falling behind in the next contract. Hotel management has already agreed to match everything that Hilton Hawaiian Village workers get in their next contract.

“We are so happy to get exactly what we’ve always wanted,” says seamstress Susanna Ramos, “We now have secure jobs and a secure future.”

The contract will expire in 2023 or at the end of the duration of the next Hilton Hawaiian Village agreement, whichever is longer.

Local 5 represents approximately 10,000 workers throughout Hawaii who work in the hospitality, health care and food service industries and is an affiliate of UNITE HERE, an international union that represents over 250,000 workers throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.unitehere5.org.

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2014 UNITE HERE Delegate Election Voting

Voting for the 2014 UNITE HERE Delegate Election will take place by secret ballot at the following dates, locations and times. Any member in good standing may vote at any location. You MUST show photo ID in order to vote (or have 2 other members verify your identity):

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – Island of Maui
    • Kaiser Clinics – Lahaina: 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
    • Kihei: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    • Wailuku: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
    • Mauilani: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Island of Maui
    • Sheraton Maui – Employees Cafeteria: 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    • Kaanapali Beach Club – Employees Cafeteria: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday, April 25, 2014 – Island of Kauai
    • Sheraton Kauai – Room TBA: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 – Island of Oahu
    • (Kaiser Conference) Best Western Plaza Hotel – 3253 N. Nimitz Hwy., Honolulu, HI 96819: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – Island of Hawaii
    • Waikoloa Beach Marriott – Employees Cafeteria: 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Royal Kona Resort – Employees Cafeteria: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – Island of Hawaii
    • Kaiser Clinics – Waimea: 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
    • South Kona: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    • Kona: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
    • Hilo: 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM
  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 – Island of Oahu
    • Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Dr., Honolulu, HI 96814 – Hibiscus Ballroom: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

List of Candidates (and slate affiliations)

1) Novena M. Aguas – UP and UP 19) Momi Hai – UP and UP

2) Lydia Agustin – UP and UP

20) Arlene Sueyoshi Inoue – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT
3) Juliana Alcaraz – UP and UP 21) Cesilee Linares – UP and UP
4) Evelyn Barnatia – UP and UP 22) Evelyn Marcelino – UP and UP
5) James Bartolome – UP and UP 23) Jason L. Maxwell – UP and UP
6) Suzanne Benson – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT 24) Liza Pintor – UP and UP
7) Caridad Berzamina – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT 25) Angela Prigge – UP and UP
8) Myline Blando – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT 26) Corazon Quinesares – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT
9) Violeta Cabuyadao – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT 27) Elizabeth Ramos – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT
10) Ester Carey – UP and UP 28) Lolita Rodriguez – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT
11) Josephine Carter – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT 29) Stacia Scanlan – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT
12) Marilyn Custodio – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT 30) Marleen Siona – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT
13) Jatin Dharia – NO SLATE AFFILIATION 31) Juanita V. Tan – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT
14) Nelia Dingal – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT 32) Raul Tan – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT
15) Mary Ann Dumaslan – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT 33) Joli Tokusato – UP and UP
16) James Giffard – NO SLATE AFFILIATION 34) Adoracion Udani – MEMBER TO MEMBER MOVEMENT
17) Eric Gill – UP and UP 35) Blace Valenzuela – UP and UP
18) Berry Griffin – UP and UP 36) Shayne Yabui – UP and UP

Support autism insurance coverage

Kaiser Autism PetitionSB 2054, which will require state-regulated health plans to provide coverage for those with autism spectrum disorders, will be heard by the conference committee on Monday, April 21 at 8:50 AM.  We support the bill and urge the committee to maintain the coverage until age 21 and with the originally proposed (or higher) annual and lifetime limits. Kaiser’s proposed age limit of 6 is absolutely shameful. Please submit testimony before the hearing and urge your legislators to pass the bill.

We’ve also been collecting signatures of those who believe Kaiser should support the needs of people with autism spectrum disorders. Please sign our petition if you believe so.

Ala Moana Hotel agrees to new contract

The Ala Moana Hotel negotiating committee voted unanimously to recommend that their co-workers vote “YES” on this new contract.

The Ala Moana Hotel negotiating committee voted unanimously to
recommend that their co-workers vote “YES” on this new contract.

Ala Moana Hotel union members achieved their most cherished goal this week. On April 16, management agreed to match the new hotel contract settled with the other major Local 5 hotels—and give additional raises each year! The extra raises bring Ala Moana wages back in line with the rest of the major hotels.

For 27 years, Ala Moana wages have been behind. For 27 years, Ala Moana workers have felt this was unfair.

“All these years, weʼve felt we were being treated second-class. In this contract, weʼve finally won! No more second class!” says Susanna Ramos, a seamstress at the hotel.

Under the terms of the new contract, Ala Moana workers will receive an extra wage increase each year until their wages catch up to those in other major hotels. In addition, management has agreed to make the sick leave provisions at Ala Moana match those in other hotels.

Also, Ala Moana workers donʼt have to worry about falling behind in the next contract—management has agreed in advance to match everything that Hilton workers get in the next contract, too.