Workers at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa went on a one-day strike yesterday to protest working conditions and other issues.
Hyatt employees and supporters walked picket lines at the 1,229-room hotel, starting in the pre-dawn hours.
The work stoppage was the third organized union action this year by Unite Here Local 5. The union represents 501 Hyatt workers of a total work force of 725.
The contract for the Hyatt workers expired June 30. Lewin said talks with resume Oct. 14.
The protest was expected to last until about 9:30 p.m., according to Cade Watanabe, community and political organizer for Local 5. Workers were expected to return to their jobs for the 10 p.m. shift, he said.
"Hyatt is the starkest example of an owner of a hotel that has been using the economy as an excuse to lock workers into a permanent recession," Watanabe said. "As the visitor industry rebounds and as the economy recovers, there’s no reason why workers should be left behind."
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