Hotel workers strike in Hawaii could cross into 2019

HONOLULU — Officials worry a strike of some 2,700 Marriott hotel workers in Hawaii could continue well into next year.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the strike, calling for higher wages and better benefits, began Monday and continued through the end of last week.

Negotiations between Unite Here Local 5 and Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, which owns the Marriott-managed Sheraton Waikiki, The Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and Sheraton Maui, reached an impasse on Monday.

Local 5 spokeswoman Paola Rodelas says the union has contracts expiring this year at 20 hotels but no bargaining will begin at other properties until workers get a fair contract from the largest hotel employer.

With so many Local 5 contracts pending, it’s hard to predict the strike’s duration or if it will grow to include other properties.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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