Sheraton Maui Union Reps to ‘Meet With Marriott’

October 19, 2018, 8:26 AM HST · Updated October 19, 8:26 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 Oct. 12, three Sheraton Maui workers handing out leaflets on the property were banned from the hotel for one year, according to a press release issued on Oct. 15, 2018, by UNITE HERE Local 5.

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UNITE HERE Local 5 filed an unfair labor practice charge against Sheraton Maui on Oct. 15, alleging violations of federal labor law against three Sheraton Maui employees.

Kyo-ya responded on Oct. 17.

On Oct. 18, UNITE HERE Local 5 reported that its leaders are meeting with Marriott this week to discuss job security and other overarching bargaining issues.

However, Kyo-ya has not scheduled local negotiations in Hawai‘i, the striking union said. The vast majority of proposals—wages, benefits, workload, staffing and more—are discussed in local negotiations.

Kyo-ya has been contacted but has not yet responded to this latest report from UNITE HERE Local 5.

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