We share the sad news today of the passing of Rev. Bob Nakata. He was one of the founding clergy of Faith Action and has been a passionate ally of Local 5 for nearly two decades. His work with us includes getting arrested in our 2010 civil disobedience action with Hyatt Regency Waikiki workers; keeping […]
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.
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!
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 […]
There are only 17 workers taking care of landscaping at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, a 22-acre property. Workers let the Union know that work is being subcontracted. They filed a grievance, and the pressure was enough to get management to bring the remaining 9 workers back and stop the subcontracting. Watch the video of organizer […]
Graveyard shift workers at the Hilton Hawaiian Village raised concerns that they did not have food to eat at the cafeteria while they worked. Workers did delegations, emails to and follow ups with the manager and chef until they finally added an 8am-4pm Assistant Pantry shift for seven days to make salads, fruits, sandwiches, and […]
Cutting daily room cleaning is the biggest thing happening in the hotel industry. This plan to end daily housekeeping would permanently slash the U.S. housekeeping workforce by up to 39%. And Local 5’s campaign to restore daily room cleaning was all over international & local news this week! Sheraton Waikiki housekeeper Julie Gabot spoke […]
“Ala Moana Hotel workers scored another victory! Under our contact tracing agreement, the Hotel will immediately conduct contact tracing of positive COVID-19 cases and will notify all workers of the department, shift(s) and relevant dates. Also, they’ll provide a more detailed report to our Union. I have peace of mind because I’ll be informed if […]
“We’re Hiring!” Kyo-ya proudly announced on their flyer for a two-day job fair. But why are they hiring when there are 910 furloughed Local 5 members who have not been called back to work? Workers delegated management last week, demanding that furloughed workers need to be called back. “Although the Japanese market is not back, […]
Local 5 safety team at Turtle Bay Resort did a surprise inspection on property. They spoke to workers and did a walk through. The safety team will be meeting with company to discuss recommendations as they gear up for reopening on July 1. We’re getting ready to get back to work! […]