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Unite Here! Local 5

It’s been one week since 8,000 workers at Marriott Hotels walked out on strike in eight cities around the country. Here in Hawai‘i, 2,700 workers are on the picket lines outside five hotels managed by Marriott and owned by Kyo-Ya.  They are demanding higher wages, protections against sexual harassment, and guarantees about not being replaced by automation.


This week workers at Marriott hotels are on strike. Here in Hawaii that includes the Sheraton Waikiki, The Royal Hawaiian, Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, and the Sheraton Maui. Among demands regarding compensation, the strikers are seeking guarantees about job security as the hospitality industry begins to embrace automation. 

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.

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Wayne Yoshioka

Some of Hawai’i’s major labor unions are gearing up for a tough year ahead. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Hale Nani 3-Day Strike Ends

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Wayne Yoshioka

Union workers ended their 3-day strike today at a Long-Term-Care facility in Honolulu.     HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

A Look Back at Hawaii's Labor History

Sep 2, 2013
Hawaii State Archives
Hawaii State Archives

For most people, Labor Day means the last long weekend of summer. But for others, it’s a day to honor our nation’s workforce. HPR’s Molly Solomon sheds some light on what it means for Hawaii.