Thousands of Local 5 members will rally at the world’s largest Hilton Friday
UNITE HERE Local 5 members who work at Hilton Hawaiian Village will rally at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Side on Paoa Place near Tropics Friday.
Workers say that they will demand a better contract and better job protection.
The workers who will participate include those in housekeeping, banquets, food, beverage, front desk, and more.
The 51-day strike of over 2,700 Marriott/Kyoya workers in 2018 set the tourism industry standards for better wages and benefits for thousands of hotel workers according to UNITE HERE Local 5.
Now, the 1,700 workers from Hilton Hawaiian Village are trying to raise that standard even further by focusing on job preservation.
Members at Hilton say they are "demanding the company to address the poverty wages and workload issues in its timeshare towers, stronger language to protect jobs even with the implementation of automation and technological changes, and to disincentivize subcontracting."
Last month, Hilton workers authorized a strike with a 91% yes vote. Contract negotiations with the company will resume next week.
A break off group tells KITV4 that they will do a concurrent action at The Modern Honolulu at 4:00 p.m. Friday to protest the layoff of 78 workers.