by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | November 28, 2018
After being on strike for 51 days, 2,700 workers at Marriott properties in Hawaii have reached a deal with the hotel chain. Unite Here Local 5, the union representing the striking employees, said in a statement that its members voted overwhelmingly to ratify the new agreement.
According to the union, the deal includes "hard-won gains: job security; reductions in subcontracting of staff positions; worker involvement in technology deployment; a child/elder fund; a reduction in workload for housekeepers; an increase in wages, an increase in pension contributions, and an increase in health and welfare contributions."
Marriott has been negotiating with close to 8,000 employees in eight cities since June over contracts that expired in July and August. When negotiations between Unite Here and the chain reached an impasse, the employees walked off their jobs and onto picket lines. While striking Marriott workers in Boston, Detroit and San Diego have since reached a settlement and agreed to new contract terms, 2,500 Marriott workers at seven properties in San Francisco remain on the picket line.
In Hawaii, 2,700 Marriott employees had been on strike since Oct. 8, when negotiations between the union and the Marriott-managed Sheraton Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Westin Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and Sheraton Maui reached an impasse.