On Friday, June 17th, workers at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki officially launched a boycott of their hotel, with a rally followed by a press conference. This Hyatt will now join 17 other Hyatts across the country under boycott. Last week, on June 8, in an overwhelming show of solidarity, union hotel workers at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki voted to authorize a consumer boycott of the hotel.
In the last year, workers at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki have participated in a civil disobedience action (July 2010), a one-day limited duration strike (September 2010), and numerous pickets and rallies in front of the Hyatt that most recently resulted in a demonstration in the Hyatt’s lobby (February of 2011).
Union hotel workers at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki are fighting to defend and maintain good jobs for Hawaii by putting an end to subcontracting.
Union contracts for over 500 hotel workers at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki expired on June 30, 2010.
Local 5 represents over 10,500 workers throughout Hawaii who work in the hospitality, health care and food service industries and is an affiliate of UNITE HERE, an international union that represents over 250,000 workers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
For more information, visit www.HotelWorkersRising.org.