As contract talks drag on, Hilton Hawaiian Village workers rally in Waikiki

As contract talks drag on, Hilton Hawaiian Village workers rally in Waikiki
Hundreds of unionized hotel workers are rallying outside the Hilton Hawaiian Village as contract talks drag on. (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Amid ongoing contract talks, hundreds of unionized Hilton Hawaiian Village workers are rallying outside the hotel Friday afternoon.

Union members are calling for better pay, job protections and changes to workloads.

They plan to hold signs through 5:30 p.m. Friday on the beach side of the Hilton Hawaiian Village (near Tropics and the Hilton lagoon).

UNITE HERE Local 5 represents 1,800 workers at the Waikiki resort, the largest hotel in the islands and the largest Hilton in the world.

Paul Ades, Hilton Worldwide senior vice president for labor relations, said in a statement:

“Hilton and UNITE HERE have made significant progress in negotiations at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. We look forward to resuming bargaining next week and remain very confident that we soon will reach agreement on a new labor contract without a labor dispute.”

Last month, union members overwhelmingly supported a strike vote. The decision means that workers could go on strike at any time.

The contract for Local 5 workers at the hotel expired in July 2018.

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