Kyo-ya, Marriott to meet with Local 5 union over labor concerns


As a strike by thousands of workers at five Waikiki hotels nears the two-week mark, a step toward resolution was made Friday.

According to UNITE HERE Local 5, a meeting was scheduled with owner Kyo-ya and operator Marriott next week to address core labor concerns.

“We want this strike to {come to} a conclusion and we’re looking forward to the 26th and 27th but for the meantime the workers will stay strong and together and united,” said Gemma Weinstein, Local 5 President.

Leaders of striking local unions met with Marriott this week to discuss job security and other overarching bargaining issues.

But the vast majority of proposals – wages, benefits, workload, staffing, and more – still need to be discussed in local negotiations with Marriott and Kyo-ya.

“This is a testament to our steadfastness and determination on the picket line, and the broad support we’ve received from our community,” Local 5 Financial-Secretary Eric Gill said.

Kyo-ya released the following statement:

“We continue to respect the right of our employees at Kyo-ya’s five properties in Hawaii to participate in a work stoppage which began on Monday, October 8 when Local 5 called them to walk off their jobs.

Today, we received our first request from Local 5 to continue the negotiations process.

The Kyo-ya team remains committed to bargaining in good faith.  Our door has always been open, and we look forward to productive meetings with Local 5 on October 26 and 27.”

Although a negotiation date is set, Local 5 workers say they will continue to picket until their demands are met.

Roughly 2,700 hotel workers have been on strike since Monday, Oct. 8, asking for new negotiations for their contracts.

The strike affects Sheraton Waikiki, The Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, and Sheraton Maui.

Workers say they want to negotiate better wages and benefits, technology and job security.

A key issue, they say, is enough compensation so that one job can be enough for workers to support themselves.

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