Tue. 6/16/20: COVID-19 update

FRI. 6/19/20 – LOCAL 5 MAYORAL FORUM Our next Facebook Live will be a worker-centered Mayoral Forum this Fri. 6/19, 7pm-8:30pm. Candidates of the Honolulu Mayoral Race will be asked questions about issues that impact Hawaii’s working families. Watch it live and ask your questions: http://facebook.com/uniteherehawaii/live. STATEWIDE ACTIONS TO DEMAND PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY FOR […]

Statement on Black Lives Matter

UNITE HERE Local 5 condemns the government murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the latest in a sickening string of repeated police atrocities against Black Americans. We reject this police violence as a terrorist crime intended to intimidate Black communities from fighting for fairness and equality. Black Lives Matter for us. George Floyd’s murder […]

Mon. 6/8/20: COVID-19 Update

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS ‘I’m squeaking by right now’: voices of America’s unemployment crisis (The Guardian, June 6, 2020) This article features several workers, including UNITE HERE members like Sheraton Waikiki worker Andrea Grabow, and their struggle with the unemployment crisis. Thousands of Hawaii protesters rally for Black Lives Matter on Oahu, Hawaii island, Maui and Kauai […]

Thu. 6/4/20: COVID-19 Update

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS Congress approves sweeping changes to PPP. Here are the details – Washington Business Journal.  These modifications to the PPP program were originally part of the HEROES Act, which Senate Republicans vowed would never pass because they were against a different part of that act which would have extended the $600 monthly supplemental unemployment […]

Mon. 6/1/20: COVID-19 Update

WED. 6/3/20: FACEBOOK LIVE TOWN HALL Our next Facebook Live Town Hall is this Wednesday, June 3 at 5:00pm featuring Local 5 Financial Secretary-Treasurer Eric Gill, Hawaii State Senator Laura Thielen, and two frontline hospitality workers who work in the hotel industry and Honolulu Airport. Our elected officials and corporate executives push forward on reopening […]

Thu. 5/21 COVID-19 Daily Update

Local 5 on Facebook Live Join us for another Facebook Live session, featuring youth organizers from AiKea and their campaign to register more voters! Go to www.facebook.com/uniteherehawaii/live at 5 pm!   COVID Cases Today World: Cases: 5.1M (+100k).  Deaths: 333k (+5k). USA: Cases: 1.57M (+20k).  Deaths: 94.7k (+1.3).  Total Tested: 13M (+400k). Hawaii: Cases:  647 (+4).  Deaths: […]

Wed. 5/20: COVID-19 Daily Update

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS US beaches begin reopening, with restrictions varying from state to state – ABC News This national news story features Wendy Perez, who works at the front desk at Waikiki Beach Marriott. COVID-19-related U.S. travel job losses double national unemployment at the height of the Great Depression – Honolulu Star-Advertiser.  This article includes quotes […]

Tue. 5/19: COVID-19 Daily Update

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS Gov. David Ige faces the dilemma of eventually reopening to both tourists and new infections (Star Advertiser, May 19, 2020) Hawaii’s unique geography allowed for the state to achieve some of the best infection control results. But any reopening of the state could invite COVID infections back into the state. It will be impossible to avoid COVID […]

Mon. 5/18: COVID-19 Daily Update

NEW RESOURCE: CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU HARDSHIP RELIEF PROGRAM Oahu residents who are being economically impacted by COVID-19 can apply to the City & County of Honolulu’s new Hardship Relief Program. If you meet the criteria, you may receive up to $1,000 per household per month and up to $500 additional per month for […]

Sun. 5/17: COVID-19 Daily Update

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS Not Simply a ‘Natural Disaster’ (Part 1 of a 3-part series on the economics of the coronavirus) – Labor Notes.  How the Coronavirus Crisis Became an Economic Crisis (Part 2 of a 3-part series on the economics of the coronavirus) – Labor Notes.  The two articles above explain how and why the coronavirus […]