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Sheraton Kauai workers ratify union contract

POIPU — Unite Here Local 5 members who work at Sheraton Kauai Resort voted Thursday to ratify a union contract that covers over 200 workers.

The contract is modeled after the agreement reached Nov. 27 with Kyo-ya, which owns five Marriott-operated hotels.

Beginning in October, nearly 2,700 workers at the five hotels went on strike for 51 days with the demand that one job should be enough to live in Hawaii.

Sheraton Kauai workers also authorized a strike, but they did not go on strike. But the “One Job Should Be Enough” message nevertheless resonated with Sheraton Kauai workers, according to a press release.

“The Sheraton Kauai workers are grateful to the Kyo-ya workers who went on strike and paved the way to a great contract for everyone,” said Edwin Pascua, a doorman at the Sheraton Kauai.

The new contract includes job security, reductions in subcontracting of staff positions, worker involvement in the implementation of new technology and automation, a child/elder care fund, a reduction in workload for housekeepers, an increase in wages, an increase in pension contributions and an increase in health and welfare contributions.

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