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by Michael C. Lowe | June 22, 2011

 Workers at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki launched a boycott of their hotel last week with a rally followed by a press conference. More than 500 union employees at the property are working under the terms of contracts that expired on June 30, 2010. Unite Here Local 5 officials say the union is fighting to maintain jobs for Hawaiian residents by putting an end to subcontracting. In a statement, Hyatt officials responded, "In markets like Waikiki, Hyatt has been working to schedule contract negotiations in good faith for more than a year. During this time, we have been honoring the contracts currently in place. In contrast to the respect we are showing for the negotiation process, Unite Here leadership has chosen to stage demonstrations that could lead to lost wages and tips, reduced shifts, fewer room nights for guests, canceled meetings and more, which will directly impact our employees and their families." The parties return to the negotiating table June 27.