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2,700 Marriott Hotel Workers Strike for Job Security and Higher Wages

Wayne Yoshioka

2,700 Marriott Hotel workers went on strike this morning in Waikiki and Maui.  Unite Here Local 5 union representatives asked for a three dollar raise and hotel negotiators countered with 30 cents.

Jowena Ellazar from Mililani was on the picket line wearing a red T-shirt with “One Job Should Be Enough” printed on the back.  


Credit Wayne Yoshioka
Jowena Ellazar from Mililani says, "One Job Should Be Enough"

“My boyfriend and I can’t even afford to just get our own place because it’s way too expensive.  We have to rent a room.  What kind of life is that? So, I have a 4 year-old right now and a one year-old.  She just turned one.  And, I barely see them because just the commute from Mililani to Waikiki and back, we’re in traffic for an hour and-a-half, we work 8 hours a day.  So, it’s impossible to even spend time with families.  Some of my co-workers do two jobs and I can’t imagine how hard it is for them when they can’t even see their kids.”


The strike involves Local 5 union workers at the Sheraton Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian, Moana Surfrider, Princess Ka’iulani and Sheraton Maui.




Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaiʻi. He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter. He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006). He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals). He resides in Honolulu.
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