It’s been 15 days since 2,700 hotel workers from five hotels on Oahu and Maui went on strike.
Today, they took their message to the State Capitol.
Striking hotel workers ended their 11-day march around Oahu on Monday.
In a closed door meeting Monday afternoon, union workers told Governor David Ige and Mayor Kirk Caldwell their stories.
“I think the most poignant story— we have a housekeeper, she’s a single mom, she has three children and she works from 7 a.m. to 10 o’clock at night,” said Michael Kirby, Local 5.
He tells KHON2 the woman broke down in tears in the meeting, describing how she works three jobs and never has time to see her children.
“They are the heart of the visitor industry, and we certainly encourage all parties to return to the visitor table so we can work towards a settlement to end the strike as quickly as possible,” Gov. Ige said.
Mayor Caldwell made a direct request to Waikiki hotels
“This negotiation doesn’t end, you stay at the table and get it resolved, and get it resolved quickly,” he urged. “Two weeks is too long, and the damage is going to become permanent at some point.”
Negotiations between Kyo-Ya and Local 5 are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
Gov. Ige and Caldwell both say they’ve been in contact with Kyo-Ya. Mayor Caldwell saying he’s been hearing complaints from visitors.
“We do get emails and complaints to our office, and it’s troubling,” he said. “I think there’s real damage being done.”