Kyo-ya Issues Another Statement on Strike

October 17, 2018, 11:11 AM HST · Updated October 17, 11:11 AM
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More than 2,700 Hawaiʻi hotel workers are on strike in five hotels operated by Marriott and owned by Kyo-ya, including the Sheraton Maui in Kāʻanapali.

As of Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, more than 325 Sheraton Maui hotel workers were on strike.

The strike comes as Marriott and Kyo-ya have failed to reach agreement on workers’ demand that “One Job Should Be Enough.”

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, UNITE HERE Local 5 distributed a press release saying the union filed an unfair labor practice charge against Sheraton Maui, alleging violations of federal labor law against three Sheraton Maui employees.

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Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts issued the following statement on Oct. 17, 2018:

“We respect the right of our employees at Kyo-ya’s five properties in Hawai‘i to participate in a work stoppage which began on Monday, Oct. 8, and we are committed to continuing our good faith bargaining. Although Local 5 called for our employees to walk off their jobs, we value them and are ready to welcome them back.

“In the meantime, we have implemented contingency plans which ensure that the Sheraton Waikiki, The Royal Hawaiian, Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and the Sheraton Maui continue to offer our guests an enjoyable experience during their stay in Hawai‘i. There have been some adjustments to staffing levels and services being offered at our properties. We have notified our guests and business partners of the situation and are providing them with ongoing updates. We encourage our current and future hotel guests to contact their individual properties for the latest information.

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“We understand that the demonstrations are causing some disruption. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate the patience and understanding of our neighbors, the community, and our guests.”

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