Employees strike at Marriott hotel properties in Hawaii

by Lalaine Ignao, ABS-CBN News

HONOLULU, HI — More than 8,000 members of Unite Here, the union that represents hotel workers, voted to strike at Marriott International properties where contracts have expired, in various locations all over the U.S. — including Oahu and Maui.

The union said more than 12,000 Marriott employees are working under expired contracts in the U.S. In Hawaii, 3,500 workers are affected.

Many locals work multiple jobs in order to survive living in paradise and within the hotel industry alone, 65% of the workers are of Filipino ethnicity. The seven Marriott-operated hotels involved are Waikiki Beach Marriott, Sheraton Waikiki, The Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Sheraton Kauai, and Sheraton Maui.

These workers could call a strike at any moment.

These hotel workers said the $22 an hour they earn is not enough to survive Hawaii’s high cost of living. They want a ten dollar raise from one of the world’s largest hotel operators.

They said Marriott has the means to take care of their employees. After all, in 2017 alone, the company generated close to 23 billion dollars in revenue.

Marriott expressed that it hoped strikes wouldn’t take place. The company said it is negotiating in good faith and that its strength is rooted in their core value of putting people first.

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  • Mario
    5 October 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Sorry for the PRIVATE Sector Union members,on June 2018 conservative SC Justice Gorsuch, voted 5-4 ruled; that it is NOT mandatory for PUBLIC (government) workers to pay Union dues even though they are NOT a member of the Union and members can also get out of the union anytime. This time it is the PRIVATE sector, Marriot lawyers knew how to play the game,it will take long period of negotiations, either it will be elevated from the lower court up to the SCourt or settle with the Union.The PUBLIC sector SC ruling means, the union across the nation could LOSE $ 10-50 Million campaign donations to the Democrat party. Today PRIVATE union is also the source of Democrat campaign donations, by that time Justice Kavanaugh(if confirmed) will be at the SC for 5-4 decision, knew that his family was insulted, destroyed by the Democrat Party. We will see how he vote,possible the Dems Party will lose another $20-50Million of campaign donation from Private sector union.
    Imagine,if HClinton should have won UNLIMITED campaign money for DEMS for next 100 years.

    • Arbi
      6 October 2018 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      Nice Cut and Paste Kabayan and what’s with “imagine, if HClinton … “ you won the election – get over it! … now what?