By Brooks Baehr - bio | email
WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hotel employees who work at the four Starwood Hotels and Resorts properties in Waikiki (Sheraton Waikiki, Princess Kaiulani, Moana Surfrider, Royal Hawaiian) voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to authorize a strike in their ongoing contract dispute with management.
Of the roughly 2,200 workers who were eligible to vote, 1,011 voted in favor of giving union leaders the authority to call a strike. Only 26 voted "no." Those numbers come from the workers union, Unite HERE Local 5.
"A 'yes' vote means that, yea, the Sheraton workers as a whole at the four Sheraton properties are united and yea we're willing to do what needs to be done to settle this contract," said Darrell Asato, a waiter at the Princess Kaiulani.
"I think what we do is we prepare ourselves with contingency plan to make certain that our guests aren't impacted by this. We'd certainly like to have anything ... sort of a work place disruption occur because I don't think that is going to benefit anybody," said Michael Troy, Director of Field Marketing for Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Hawaii.
The strike authorization does not mean a strike is imminent, but that union leaders may call a strike at any time. It gives them some leverage in their ongoing contract talks with hotel management.
The workers have been working without a contract since June.