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Local 5 General Election Endorsements

Governor: David Ige

Lieutenant Governor: Josh Green

United State Senate: Mazie Hirono

U.S. Congress: Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District: Tulsi Gabbard

Honolulu City Council District 8: Brandon Elefante
(Lower Aiea, Pearlridge, Waimalu, Newtown, Pearl City, Seaview, Crestview, Waipio Gentry and Waipahu.)

Maui Mayor: Elle Cochran   

Maui County Council (West Maui): Tamara Paltin            

Maui County Council (Molokai): Keani Rawlins-Fernandez

Maui County Council (Kahului): Tasha Kama

Senate District 12: Sharon Moriwaki
(Waikiki, Ala Moana, Kaka‘ako, McCully, Mo‘ili‘ili)

Senate District 17: Clarence Nishihara
(Waipahu, Crestview, Manana, Pearl City, Pacific Palisades)

Senate District 19: Matthew LoPresti
(Ewa)

Senate District 21: Maile Shimabukuro
(Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko ‘Olina, Nanakuli, Ma‘ili, Wai‘anae, Makaha, Makua)

Senate District 24: Jarrett Keohokalole
(Kane‘ohe, MCBH, Kailua, He‘eia, ‘Ahuimanu)

House District 22: Tom Brower
(Waikiki, Ala Moana) 

House District 34: Ryan Yamane
(Mililani, Waikele, Waipio Gentry)

House District 36: Marilyn Lee
(Mililani Mauka & Mililani)

House District 46: Amy Perruso
(Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, Launani Valley) 

House District 47: Sean Quinlan
(Waialua, Haleiwa, Pupukea, Kahuku to Kaawa)

House District 49: Scot Matayoshi
(Kaneohe, Maunawili, Olomana)

House District 50: Cynthia Thielen
(Kailua, Kaneohe Bay)

House District 51: Chris Lee
(Kailua, Waimanalo)  

Marriott Strike: Day 25 bulletin

View PDF version of Marriott Strike Day 26 bulletin here.

View all photos from Marriott Strike Day 25.

Bargaining: The negotiating committee is meeting with Marriott and Kyo-ya this Saturday. If the company is ready to deliver, GREAT! If not, then we will just keep raising the pressure!! Kyo-ya members are on strike, and if Kyo-ya cared for you they can settle this strike!!

Faith & Justice: Thanks to Pastor Brandon Duran for praying with workers on strike this morning! He recited the Lord’s Prayer, then said, “Note that it is not, ‘Give me my daily bread,’ but, ‘Give us,’ all of us. Because one job should be enough for everyone.”

We have faith leaders coming to the picket lines every day to support our strike and our One Job Should Be Enough campaign.

On the Line: Beach action time. Get our message out to the guests about why we are on strike and send a message to the company that we are serious about getting a great contract. We know they are hearing us loud and clear inside!

“Unions have been the only powerful and effective voice working people have ever had in the history of this country.”—Bruce Springsteen

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Marriott Strike: Day 25 bulletin

View PDF version of Marriott Strike Day 25 bulletin here.

View all photos from Marriott Strike Day 24.

We rallied with the Grim Reaper this Halloween because working multiple jobs is killing us!

Bargaining: More victories on job security. We got historic tentative agreements on automation at national bargaining—this is first ever language that allows us to get in front of automation. Locally, we’ve already reached tentative agreements on subcontracting, bell/valet, banquets, and F&B. We have cleared the way to start serious talks on economics and housekeeping workload. We have local negotiations this Saturday.

Mazie’s with the Workers: KHON 2 News asked Senator Mazie Hirono about our Marriott/Kyo-ya strike. She said, “One job should be enough. I’m very much with the workers.” Watch it here.

FAQ: Do I still have medical? Yes, if you had medical coverage at the beginning of the strike, you have medical coverage during the strike. The Health & Welfare fund continues to provide health benefits even during a strike, up to 3 months, BEFORE touching your bank.

Can I Get Fired for Striking?: No. A federal labor law called the National Labor Relations Act guarantees workers’ rights to strike without retaliation. There are rumors that management can fire people if they stay on strike. This is not true. We all go out together, we all go back in together.

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Marriott Strike: Day 24 bulletin

View PDF version of Marriott Strike Day 24 bulletin here.

View all photos from Marriott Strike Day 23.

Rain or Shine, Picket Line!

Downpours, flooded streets, soaked signs. Yesterday’s showers did not bring down the spirit of the workers!

Foodland Gift Cards

This week ALL strikers are eligible for a $100 Foodland gift certificate You may pick it up at the sign-in table at your hotel.

Labor solidarity

Local 5 met with leaders in our labor movement to discuss more ways that they can support the strike.

National Bargaining

Please ask organizers on the line for update on National Bargaining. As of printing time, we had no new updates.

Marriott Strike: Day 23 bulletin

View PDF version of Marriott Strike Day 23 bulletin here.

View all photos from Marriott Strike Day 22.

We picketed Rumfire’s Halloween party hosted by a manager who openly mocked striking workers.

Financial Difficulties? We are entering Week 4 of the strike and know that finances are getting tight. First step is to reach out directly to your financial institutions, landlord, etc. Many are willing to grant hardship waivers that don’t affect your credit. Some Kyo-ya strikers have already secured waivers. This is the MOST important step. If you still have difficulties, then visit a free financial advisor at Strike HQ, Tuesday 10/30 from 1p-5p OR at the Hotel and Travel FCU, Thursday from 12p-4p.

In it to win it! Today is Day 23 of the strike—officially longer than the 1990 strike! Local 5 members at the Kyo-ya/Marriott striking properties are clearly motivated to continue this fight.

“Why would we go back now? We are powerful. I’ve sacrificed too much to go back in without winning the main things! We deserve it all—the wage increases, better workload, job protection, and a four year contract so we can fight along with our sisters and brothers on the mainland,” Lourdes Maquera, housekeeper, Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

“The most important word in the language of the working class is solidarity.” —Harry Bridges

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Marriott Strike: Day 22 bulletin

View PDF version of Marriott Strike Day 22 bulletin here.

View all photos from Marriott Strike Day 21.

Negotiations Update: In the two days of local bargaining, we completed bargaining on banquets, restaurant/bar, bell and valet department issues. We also had a breakthrough in discussions about subcontracting, including advance notice to the Union before subcontracting, union or aribitrator’s approval needed to implement, and triple damages for violations. This movement on subcontracting is incredibly important for our job security. Talks continue today and tomorrow in Vegas. Obviously, we need to see what the company is prepared to do on housekeeping, automation, and our economics. Let’s keep raising the pressure! We are winning!!

Financial Difficulties? We are entering week 4 of the strike, and know that finances are getting tight. First step is to reach out directly to your financial institutions, landlord, etc. Many are willing to grant hardship waivers that don’t affect your credit. Some Kyo-ya strikers have already secured waivers. This is the MOST important step. If you still have difficulties, then visit a free financial advisor at Strike HQ, Monday, 10/29 from 1p-5p OR at the Hotel and Travel FCU, 8am-4:30p.

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” —Mattie Stepanek

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