“This strike opened up my eyes. When we go back, we will know so much more about ourselves. We will go back stronger, wiser and clearer about where we stand with the company. We must enforce this contract, we must understand what we are worth and the importance of the work we do. We have changed because of this struggle. I will not go back for less than what I deserve because I know my value.”
—Roblyn Kastrinakis, Pantry, Moana Surfrider, 7 years.
Hawaii’s Need or Corporate Greed?:
Marriott made $1.49 billion in profits in the first nine months of this year. In 2012 (the most recent data available), Kyo-ya made $166,220,000 in straight profits at its 5 Hawaii hotels. Even by those 2012 numbers, if they paid workers $10 more per hour, we estimate they would still make $112,140,000 in profits. Our companies are successful, so what about us?
Take pride in how far you have come, and have faith in how far you can go.
- Hawaii Public Radio: “The Conversation: Monday, November 12th 2018”