Hotel workers ratify new contract for better wages, working conditions

Hotel workers ratify new contract for better wages, working conditions
Workers ratified their new contract Wednesday. (Source: UNITEHERE! Local 5)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hotel workers who fought for better wages and job conditions ratified their new contract Wednesday.

The union representing the workers, UNITEHERE! Local 5, says the new contracts will cover some 2,000 workers.

Negotiating committees met with the various departments to come to terms with what workers wanted in terms of wage and benefits increases, job preservation, worker involvement in the implementation of new technology and automation, and more.

"We worked together to push the cart up the hill to win a good contract that brings us closer to making one job enough to live in Hawaii. It was not only the Hilton workers who worked together, but workers from HCC, DoubleTree, and the Kyo-ya members who went on strike so that all of our hotels can benefit from their fight,” said Lawrene Kanoa, a front desk worker at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

The agreements are four-year contracts.

The union added that there are provisions for timeshare workers as well.

"This contract will really help my family. My fiance and I both work at HCC. Because of this new contract, my family will have $1,400 more per month starting in January because of the free medical coverage that HCC workers will finally get. Having a job that is more secure with paid medical and a retirement is a dream come true,” says Cesilee Linares, who works at cleaning company subcontracted by the hotels.

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