Moana Surfrider bussers take action to bring back their coworkers

William, Fu, and Louis are bussers at the Veranda in the Moana Surfrider. They delegated HR on Monday to address workload, staffing, and job description issues because their manager wasn’t responding to their concerns.

The HR director said she would address these issues with her team. Since then, adjustments have already been made.

For example, the use of the buffet brought back additional steward shifts and cook shifts: minimum of 2 additional for each per week. They will also hire more bussers.

Great job to William, Fu, and Louis for taking action together to address their work issues and bring back their coworkers! #UnionAdvantage

Hilton Hawaiian Village luau servers push to bring back banquet housemen

When the Luau was brought back at the Hilton Hawaiian Village green lawn, a manager told the food servers that they have to put the chairs on top of the tables when the Luau is over. This is not in the food servers’ job description. Workers brought it up in their food & beverage meeting and delegated the general manager, asking them to bring in banquet housemen to do this work.
A week after the general manager delegation, management brought in banquet housemen.
“I believe if workers fight together, we win together! They listened to us because we stood up together.” – John Depew, food server, Hilton Hawaiian Village

Kyo-ya Waikiki hotel workers delegate Marriott executive re: work issues

On Tuesday, worker leaders from the Waikiki Kyo-ya hotels met with Kevin Gleason from Marriott Corp.
Issues raised: job combos, daily housekeeping, short staffing, IRD, F&B cashiers, Mokihana food, F&B outlets, spa, angry guests, management doing our work, etc.
“We went on strike for 51 days and reached a contract in good faith. Now you guys aren’t following it. Just follow the contract!” -Corey Asano, Sheraton Waikiki Engineering. Management said they will respond in a few days.

Local 5 members on Maui get help from the Union applying for rental assistance

Local 5 member Caitlin Sabado took a leave of absence to work with our Union and help other members apply for the Maui County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (MERA). So far, she has helped to process 65 applications! #UnionAdvantage

Check out all of the Hawaii counties’ rental assistance programs on our Resources page.

Hyatt Regency Waikiki housekeeper informs coworkers about their rights at work

James Bartolome, a housekeeper and key leader at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, spoke at the Re-Hire Orientation for recalled workers so that they know their rights and know how to fight for them. Good Job, James!

Local 5 helps members apply for the Honolulu Rental & Utility Relief Program

A Union organizer was speaking with a Local 5 member who was having difficulty filling out the rent relief application. The organizer connected this member with Haley Oki, a Local 5 member who has taken a leave of absence to work with us on the Honolulu Rental & Utility Relief Program (RURP). Haley helped this member collect documents and fill out the application from start to finish with her insight and guidance as a trained intake specialist.