Kupuna tell Kaiser: Getting old shouldn’t hurt!

Kupuna hula Kaiser Permanente Hawaii HonoluluLocal 5 retirees are performing the hula at Kaiser Permanente Hawai’i with a message to Kaiser: Getting old shouldn’t hurt! So far, they’ve performed at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua and Kaiser Permanente Honolulu.

Getting old doesn’t hurt for our retirees. They have their pension. Our members who work for Kaiser will lose at least $1200/month when they retire at age 65, if Kaiser takes away their pension. $1200 is more than just a number. It’s food on the table, caring for your family, putting a roof over your head.

If you believe that getting old shouldn’t hurt, join us at the Hawai’i Can! Rally at City Hall organized by The AiKea Movement. It takes place on Thursday, March 13 at 4:45p at Honolulu Hale. Good jobs are secure. Good jobs pay a living wage. Good jobs allow us to live comfortably after we retire. Good jobs for everyone. Hawai’i Can!

Kaiser, don’t touch our pensions! Getting old shouldn’t hurt.

The leaflet that our kupuna hula dancers have been passing out to Kaiser Permanente Hawaii patients

The leaflet that our kupuna hula dancers have been passing out to Kaiser Permanente Hawaii patients

Local 5 members featured on new show, HAWAI’I CAN

Meynard, Marites, Rodney, & Joli on Episode 1 of HAWAI'I CAN

Meynard, Marites, Rodney, & Joli on Episode 1 of HAWAI’I CAN

The AiKea Movement launched a new TV series on ‘Ōlelo Community Media called HAWAI’I CAN, which will feature discussions on issues that affect Hawaii’s people and what we can do as a community to solve them.

The first two episodes feature Local 5 members. Episode 1, “Waikiki: Present & Future,” is hosted by Ilikai Hotel worker Joli Tokusato with guests Meynard Duyao (Hilton Hawaiian Village), Rodney Nakashima (Sheraton), and Marites Uy (Moana Surfrider). They discuss the present & future of Waikiki’s tourism industry. Hotel workers are the experts on this subject. They are the ones on property every day. They are the ones working directly with our visitors. Hawaii’s #1 industry is carried on their shoulders.

Tune into ‘OLELO 54 during the following dates & times to watch Episode 1:

  • March 3 at 11:00a
  • March 5 at 6:30p
  • March 8 at 12:30p
  • March 11 11 at 8:30a
AiKea Hawaii Can Episode 2

Guests on Episode 2 of the AiKea Movement’s new TV show, HAWAI’I CAN

Episode 2, “Good jobs for everyone,” is hosted by housekeepers Meynard and Marites and features guests from three seemingly different workplaces: Joli Tokusato (Ilikai Hotel), David Garcia & Kavika Stringer (Kaiser Permanente Hawai’i – Moanalua), and Tim Vandeveer (former Turtle Bay Resort worker). Workers here are experiencing very similar issues that are all part of a larger problem: corporations are putting profits over people. Look out for showtimes for Episode 2 on our website or on Facebook.

Stay tuned for more episodes of AiKea’s new show HAWAI’I CAN.

What does $1200/month mean to you?

What does $1200 mean to you? See what our members said

What does $1200 mean to you? See what our members said

Our members who work for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii will receive at least $1200/month from their pension if they retire at age 65. $1200 is more than just a number, so we asked them to show us what $1200/month means to them if Kaiser took their pension away.

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Judge rules The Modern Honolulu violated workers’ labor law rights

Modern Honolulu workers Juliana Alcaraz and Audrey Jordan-Gecain

Modern Honolulu workers Juliana Alcaraz and Audrey Jordan-Gecain

On January 23, 2014, a Federal Judge ruled that The Modern Honolulu violated workers’ labor law rights!  After a 4-day trial in October 2012, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) William L. Schmidt has issued his decision regarding five National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) unfair labor practice charges filed by UNITE HERE Local 5 (“Local 5”) against The Modern Honolulu (“Hotel”).

The ALJ agreed with Local 5 and the NLRB regarding all of the allegations against the Hotel.  The ALJ found that:

  • The Modern Honolulu unlawfully fired Juliana Alcaraz for speaking about working conditions during an employee meeting
  • The Modern Honolulu unlawfully barred Ms. Alcaraz from the hotel premises when assigned as a Union agent
  • There was a “consistent pattern” on the part of housekeeping manager Emma Clemente to illegally coerce and interrogate workers about their union activities.
  • The housekeeping manager wrongfully denied worker Jenie Amoguis her Weingarten rights when she requested to be represented by the Union during an investigatory interview.

Congratulations to the workers at The Modern Honolulu!

Kaiser members, be the next winner of our 5&5 drawing!

2014.01.14 5&5 Kaiser Winners (cropped)

Kaiser workers are doing a 5&5 program telling Kaiser to keep up the standard of health care by taking care of the workers so they can take care of the patients.

Be the next winner of our 5&5 drawing and a $100 Costco gift card! A committee leader qualifies for the drawing if s/he turns in completely signed petitions from 5 co-workers and 5 non-Local 5 users.

For more details, contact Marsha Bruhn at (808) 941-2141.

If you or anyone you know is interested in signing the petition, you could find it here.

PWC workers at Hyatt get a better life

Hyatt PWC (square)4 months after their contract was signed, 12 People Who Clean (PWC) workers are now officially union Hyatt employees. They will now have pension, healthcare, real wages, and rights on the job.  Others continue to work for PWC but now earn up to $19 an hour (up from as low as $7.25).  For three years, Hyatt committee here and around the country fought together – and now, we’ve won together.