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Pacific Beach Hotel case to return to court

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A federal judge has set a March trial date in allegations of federal labor law violations against the Pacific Beach Hotel. At issue will be what the hotel ownership can and cannot do.

The National Labor Relations Board triggered the trial by requesting a restraining order against HTH Corp., which owns the hotel. U.S. District Judge Michael Seabright has scheduled the trial for March 8.

Last fall James Kennedy, a federal administrative law judge, concluded that HTH had engaged in 15 unfair labor practices against employees of the Pacific Beach, one of Waikiki's largest independent hotels.

HTH has appealed, and the NLRB is asking for an injunction against HTH taking further action until its appeal is settled.

Local 142 of the ILWU, representing Pacific Beach employees, says HTH executive Robert Minicola negotiated without intending to reach agreement and fired union organizers.

The hotel repeatedly changed management, each time requiring employees to reapply for their old jobs.

One outside management firm, Outrigger, was fired as it was about to approve a contract agreement.

Herbert T. Hiyashi founded the Pacific Beach Hotel as well as Pagoda Restaurant. Since his death several years his daughter Corine Watanabe has been CEO, delegating much of the management to Minicola.

The Pacific Beach Hotel is best known to Hawaii residents for its massive fish tank, called the Oceanarium. The hotel specializes in, but does not confine itself to, Japanese tour trade.

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