Workers at Hilton Hawaiian authorize strike as negotiations drag on

Workers at Hilton Hawaiian authorize strike as negotiations drag on
Hilton Hawaiian Village workers rallied in Waikiki, calling for better pay and benefits (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Unionized workers at the Hilton Hawaiian Village have authorized a strike following a vote Friday.

91% of votes recorded in Friday’s UNITE HERE Local 5 ballot were in favor of a strike as negotiations for a new contract for 1,700 workers have dragged on without a deal.

UNITE HERE Local 5 workers at the hotel include housekeepers, cooks, bartenders, and food and beverage servers. They’re seeking higher wages and to address a number of workplace issues, including subcontracting, automation, workplace safety and job elimination.

The vote came five months after a strike involving 2,700 workers across five Hawaii hotels ended after 51 days. The Local 5 strike was the second-longest work stoppage in Hawaii’s hotel industry.

The contract for Local 5 workers at the Hilton Hawaiian Village expired in July 2018.

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