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Thousands of Hawaii workers left scrambling after losing federal unemployment benefits

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Around 35,000 people statewide lost federal unemployment benefits over the holiday weekend. Now, many of the state’s unemployed aren’t sure what they will do as the pandemic drags on. (Read more)

National Bargaining Update for Kaiser Permanente workers

After months of stalling by Kaiser Permanente negotiators, scheduled national bargaining sessions ended today. “Because of management’s approach, these negotiations are in serious trouble – unlike anything our Alliance unions have experienced with Kaiser Permanente since the 1990’s,” said Alliance chief negotiator Hal Ruddick. “Unless management dramatically changes course, this conflict will continue to escalate. […]

Unemployment Town Hall

On September 9, we organized a Facebook Live town hall about Unemployment Insurance and discussed eligibility. Watch the recording here.

Hotel housekeepers to leaflet Waikiki beach encouraging daily room cleaning

Media Advisory for September 9, 2021 Media Contact: Bryant de Venecia Cell Phone: (808) 546-0024 [email protected] Hotel housekeepers to leaflet Waikiki beach encouraging daily room cleaning Eliminating daily room cleaning means fewer housekeepers are brought back to work and tougher workloads for remaining housekeepers WHAT: Hotel housekeepers pass out leaflets to hotel guests along Waikiki […]

Hawaiʻi Can Podcast: Episode 1 – Kaiser Permanente workers talk about health care industry

  Listen to episode: 0:06 Aloha mai kakou,  welcome to Hawaii Can. I’m your host Bryant de Venecia, I am a communications organizer for Unite Here Local 5, Hawaii’s hospitality and healthcare Union. For a very first episode, we will talk about the state of the healthcare industry here in Hawaii, and we will hear […]