HONOLULU - Local 5 union workers at the Hilton Hawaiian Village will begin contract negotiations Friday. 

About 2,000 workers were about to take a strike vote. But after discussion between the employer and the employees, the strike vote has been postponed. 

Paola Rodelas, a representative for Local 5 said, "The employer has indicated a willingness to bargain seriously. Therefore, the workers have decided to postpone the strike vote and focus on bargaining tomorrow and Saturday. Nearly 200 Hawaii Care & Cleaning workers who are subcontracted by Hilton are still taking a strike vote today. Details pending."

They wanted to send a message to the hotel owners and management that "one job should be enough" to live in Hawaii. Their contract expired last June, so they've been working without one since then. 

Workers say they are overworked and underpaid. They're also concerned about sub-contracting and automation, and worried if that could eliminate jobs. 

Those are same concerns Sheraton and Marriott hotel workers had last year.

They went on strike last year for a record 51 days.