Hyatt Regency Waikiki workers on strike

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Unionized workers at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki are on strike Thursday.

Nearly 500 Hyatt Regency Waikiki workers are joining thousands of other hotel chain employees on strike in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

According to union officials, the strike is limited to one week.

Local 5 members have been without a contract for more than a year.

According to Local 5, the Hyatt refuses to ensure that subcontracted workers are paid the same as Hyatt workers.

"It is dismaying that the union is refusing to allow our associates to enjoy the pay and benefits increases they have earned and deserve," said Jerry Westenhaver, the hotel's general manager. "We look forward to a quick resolution to this action so our associates can return to work and continue to provide for their families."

The Hyatt continues to operate normally with non-union employees and management staffing the hotel.

"We have implemented contingency plans to staff our hotel with non-union employees and management personnel to assist guests during their stay," said Westenhaver. "Our associates are the heart and soul of our workplace. We're disappointed that the union leadership is holding our associates' new contract hostage in order to gain leverage for an organizing effort at non-union Hyatt hotels on the mainland."

We'll have more details on this story tonight on Hawaii News Now beginning at 5 p.m.

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