Who are your Local 5 Organizers? Meet Lilibeth Herrell & Ivan Hou

Local 5 organizers are responsible for training workers to be leaders in their workplaces and out in the community. Thanks to the hard work of our organizers, Local 5 members are learning how to organize their coworkers so that together they can improve their workplaces and make their jobs the best jobs in Hawai’i. Most […]

Hyatt Regency Waikiki guests upset that workers aren’t being called back to work

Hyatt Regency Waikiki workers handed out leaflets to guests off-property. When Hyatt housekeeper Vicky told a guest that she is not being scheduled to work because of the elimination of daily room cleaning, the guest was so frustrated and mad that workers are not being called back despite the hotel’s high occupancy. The guest asked […]

Sat. 7/10/21: West Side Sign Wave in front of Kaiser Nanaikeola Clinic

Big Hotel companies and Kaiser Permanente are taking advantage of the pandemic to cut jobs and services. We are fighting back! Join us on July 10th for a sign-waving action in front of Kaiser Nanaikeola Clinic (87-2116 Farrington Hwy). Save the date, wear your red shirts. We will bring signs! RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1308848249531646/

Hyatt Regency Waikiki housekeeper wins back pay after management mistake

Melvin, a housekeeper from Hyatt Regency Waikiki, was supposed to attend a scheduled orientation to return to work. However, the housekeeping department failed to notify the other housekeepers. Melvin pushed back on housekeeping management. Hyatt agreed to reschedule and pay for wasting his time.

Local 5 members participate in Freedom Ride from Phoenix to Washington DC

On the sixtieth anniversary of the 1961 Freedom Rides from Washington D.C. through the South, over 1,500 UNITE HERE housekeepers, cooks, dishwashers, and food service workers from more than 15 cities across the country will join Black Voters Matter in the Freedom Ride for Voting Rights. “I am participating in the Freedom Ride because Black […]

Sheraton Waikiki worker pushes management to bring back another laundry attendant

Baltazar, a laundry attendant from Sheraton Waikiki demanded management to add more laundry attendants and address workload and safety issues. After the daily push to the management, they brought back another worker to the department. Great job Baltazar!

Hilton Hawaiian Village worker files grievance, wins back pay and more

Rayline, a guest service agent from Hilton Grand Vacations at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, filed a grievance with the help of Local 5 after Hilton failed to offer work opportunity by seniority. She successfully won back pay, credits to vacation and sick leave, and contributions to health and welfare.

Hyatt Regency Waikiki workers fight to bring back more F&B workers

Hyatt Regency Waikiki reopened without opening the poolside bar, keeping many of our members at home while tourists come back by the thousands. Our organizing committee got a majority of the F&B department to sign a petition and delivered it to HR. Because of this, the hotel brought back three cocktail servers to service the […]

Hilton-Managed Hotel Employees Fear Permanent Layoffs As Recall Rights Expiration Nears

Hilton-Managed Hotel Employees Fear Permanent Layoffs As Recall Rights Expiration Nears By Aina Iglesias (Front Desk, Doubletree by Hilton Alana Waikiki) Are you interested in writing for UNITE HERE Local 5? We also offer writing training. Contact Paola Rodelas. “Did you see Hilton is getting rid of workers permanently?” Jungmin Kim, my coworker, came running […]