Local 5 hotel workers authorize a strike
The votes are in and hotel workers have authorized a strike, these hotel workers work at six Marriott-operated hotels in Honolulu and Maui.
Island News was there tonight as the votes were tallied at the Ala Moana Hotel.
Their union UNITE HERE Local 5 has been in negotiations since June for contracts covering nearly 3,500 workers.
According to Local 5, 95 percent of those who voted, voted yes.
There is no set date for the strike at this time but workers say they're ready to answer when called.
"We're trying to show the company that their workers are ready to strike when we need to and we will, that's definitely the message here," Local 5's Jowenna Ellazar said.
Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts own five of the six hotels affected, they issued a statement today stating:
"Although we are in continued contract discussions with UNITE HERE Local 5, we respect the right of our associates at Kyo-ya's five properties in Hawaii to take a strike authorization vote."
They added if there is a strike, they have "plans in place" to ensure their hotels continue to offer services to guests.