In possible sign of smooth contract negotiations, Local 5 holds off on Hilton strike vote

In possible sign of smooth contract negotiations, Local 5 holds off on Hilton strike vote
Hilton Hawaiian Village workers rallied in Waikiki, calling for better pay and benefits (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In a possible sign of smooth contract negotiations to come, Local 5 decided Thursday not to hold a strike authorization vote before talks Friday with Hilton Hawaiian Village.

“The employer has indicated a willingness to bargain seriously,” a union spokesman said Thursday morning.

Local 5 represents about 1,800 direct employees of Hilton Hawaiian Village, the largest Hilton hotel in the world.

A strike vote was still scheduled at Hawaii Care & Cleaning, whose roughly 200 Local 5 members do work subcontracted by Hilton.

Strike authorization votes do not automatically trigger strikes, but authorize union leaders to call one later, without further votes, if circumstances seem to warrant a walkout.

Last year, Local 5 did strike Marriott properties owned by Kyo-ya Corp., before reaching a contract with those hotels that is being used as a template for other Local 5 hotels here.

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