Hyatt Centric Waikiki Hotel workers vote yes to unionize
Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel workers voted to unionize the organization, with the biggest election win in decades.
HONOLULU - Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel workers voted to unionize the organization, with the biggest election win in decades.
Hotel workers voted to join UNITE HERE Local 5, with 11,000 members. Election results for today's National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) cover 65 workers in the maintenance, front desk, housekeeping, and food & beverage departments.
“I’ve been working in housekeeping at the Hyatt Centric since Day 1. I voted to unionize because I want to be protected against unfair treatment. By voting yes for the union, we sent a strong message of unity,” says Lady Anne Tapac, a housekeeper at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki.
The NLRB election is one of many UNITE HERE campaigns nationwide helping non-union works who want to unionize. Hospitality workers in Waikiki that are non-union make up 48% of the industry, making $4-6 an hour less than union workers.
The 230-room Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel opened in December of 2016. However, according to Pacific Business News, the hotel is up for sale.
Uncertainly of the property's ownership has created issues for employees of the hotel like scheduling, job security, and having a voice on the job.
“I’ve worked eight years in the hotel industry and I voted to unionize for security reasons. I have three kids, and I wanted security for them in the future. With a union, my coworkers and I will have a voice,” says Renante Abastas, a cook at The Lanai in the Hyatt Centric Waikiki.
Last year, UNIT HERE organized over 13,000 non-union workers nationwide.