New court order against Pacific Beach Hotel

By Howard Dicus

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The ownership and management of the Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki has been ordered to stand before their employees and read court statements on violations of law.

An employee meeting Wednesday could be the venue for the unusual action, taken after contempt of court citations for not rehiring fired union members with back pay.

The Pacific Beach Hotel, the big yellow property containing a huge fish tank called the Oceanarium, mostly serves Japanese visitors. Its management includes Corine Watanabe and her cousin John Hayashi. Both must be present and either may read the statement.

A new order made public Tuesday requires Robert Minicola, the general manager of the property, to also read a court statement to the employees. Minicola said last week the hotel intended to comply with its court orders but was reviewing its legal options.

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled, and Judge Michael Seabright has affirmed, that the hotel management engaged in a years-long pattern of misconduct, documented in dozens of pages of detail by the NLRB. For example, the order cited employees who got less discipline than union activists despite egregious misdeeds like not showing up for work or filling out a timecard for a shift not performed.

The hotel has again been ordered to rehire fired employees with back pay, resume negotiations with Local 142 of the ILWU, and pay legal and investigative costs, though the court limited that to costs directly associated with its own rulings, leaving the NLRB to decide on other costs incurred by the parties earlier.

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