Hilton Hawaiian Village strike ends Monday

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The five-day strike against Hilton Hawaiian Village by some 1,500 members of UNITE-HERE was scheduled to end at the conclusion of the evening shift Monday night.

Picket lines were maintained around the clock and the chanting of those on the line reverberated through the condo canyons of West Waikiki through the weekend.

Local 5 scheduled an end to the walkout for Monday evening, about the same time as the end of a six-day walkout against the main Hilton hotel in San Francisco, where Local 2 of the same union has been seeking a new contract for more than a year.

Waikiki hotel contracts began expiring over the summer.

A Milwaukee organization planning a 5,000-delegate conference next month at the Hilton was planning to decide Monday whether to cancel, but a source in Local 5 said the union was in direct contact with the organization to ask it not to. Local 5 has not scheduled any November strike.

Hotel contract negotiations have continued - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, which manages the Sheraton Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian, Moana Surfrider and Princess Kaiulani hotels, held talks with Local 5 just days before the Hilton strike.

Labor has charged that hotel chains are seeking greater profits a the expense of workers, while management has charged that Local 5 was striking to advance a national agenda for the union at the expense of Hawaii.

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