Hyatt Regency Waikiki club lounge workers fight against short shifts

Hyatt Regency Waikiki reopened their club lounge with shifts shorter than before the pandemic. Almost all of the Regency Club workers went to the hotel to delegate their chef and tell him that 5 hour shifts aren’t enough to support our families after being out of work for over a year. The fight to get […]

Team Clean workers at Kahala Hotel win back pay after being underpaid since last year

The Team Clean workers at the Kahala Hotel had been underpaid since returning to work last year. With the help of their shop steward Jasmine Marbou, they got the company to back pay workers the money they were owed, which was an increase of $3.19 more per hour.   Jasmine Marbou said, “It means that […]

Ballots for the 2021 Local 5 Officer election have been mailed

Ballots for the Local 5 Officer election have been mailed! You should receive an envelope in the mail with “UNITE HERE LOCAL 5 OFFICIAL BALLOT ENCLOSED” on it. Only members in good standing will receive ballots, so members should pay dues to be eligible to receive ballot and vote. Click here for info on paying dues.

The Union is making my dreams come true

The Union is making my dreams come true By Carmelita Joy Melegrito – Housekeeper, The Kahala Hotel & Resort Are you interested in writing for UNITE HERE Local 5? We also offer writing training. Contact Paola Rodelas. I am one of the thousands of immigrants from the Philippines who is lucky to be here in […]

Ramada Plaza housekeepers demand: bring back inspectress!

Ramada Plaza housekeepers delegated their management to bring back one more inspectress.   Before the pandemic, inspectresses were scheduled 30 rooms to inspect.   Since reopening, inspectresses are getting less hours but double the work: management is scheduling them 60-70 rooms to inspect and also adding runner work (e.g. getting linens for housekeepers).   They […]

Ala Moana Hotel workers fight for proper staffing for US Olympic Rowing Team

“We had the honor of hosting the US Olympic Rowing Team at Ala Moana Hotel Banquets. The hotel management tried to staff the event without the correct, higher-paid kitchen crew. When union workers spoke up, management staffed correctly.” – Melanie Siarot, banquet captain at Ala Moana Hotel #UnionAdvantage

Nomination and Election of Local 5 Officers

Below is information on the nomination and election of Local 5 officers: Notice of Nomination and Election of Local 5 Officers (posted on 6/8/21) 2021 SAMPLE mail ballot (posted on 7/20/21) 2021 SAMPLE in-person ballot (posted on 7/20/21) 2021 Voting Instructions (posted on 7/27/21) Ballots for the Local 5 Officer Election have been mailed (posted […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]