Union works, Kyo-ya/Starwood hotels reach contract agreement

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After months of negotiations, UNITE HERE Local 5, Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels & Resorts reached a contract agreement Monday.

The new contract will affect approximately 2,800 union hotel workers employed at six Starwood managed hotels on Oahu, Maui and Kauai.

The new three-year agreement includes comprehensive family and retiree health and welfare benefits. Those benefits will continue with significant wage increases. The new contract package also includes increased contributions protecting pension benefits for current and future retirees.

"I'm proud of our union and our members for standing strong to defend and maintain our current medical and pension benefits in an agreement that will also ensure that we're not left behind as our industry continues to rebound," said Stella Galon, a housekeeper at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Union contracts for workers at the six hotels – Sheraton Waikiki, Sheraton Kauai, Sheraton Maui, Moana Surfrider, Royal Hawaiian, and Princess Kaiulani – originally expired on June 30, 2010.

Ratification results will be available after voting on Friday.

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