In an overwhelming show of solidarity, 95% of Local 5’s membership at the Hilton Hawaiian Village voted ‘YES’ on authorizing a strike at the Waikiki property. Workers at the Hilton Hawaiian Village now join Hilton workers in Chicago and San Francisco who have also voted to authorize strikes at Hilton Hotels in each of their cities.
Cora Quinesares, a housekeeper at the Hilton said, "I voted yes, yes, yes! Yes for good quality jobs. Yes for job security and yes for my future. I work for a hotel that’s owned by Blackstone and they continue to use the economy as an excuse to hurt workers like me even while business is back. I’m proud of all us for standing-up to Wall Street’s greed."
In recent years, Hilton workers in Hawaii and across North America have endured staff cuts, reduced hours, and excessive injury rates. Now Hilton, run by one of the largest private equity firms on Wall Street—the Blackstone Group, wants to take more away, and lock workers into recession contracts even as the economy rebounds.