For immediate release
March 2, 2011
Waikiki – Union hotel workers at four Kyo-ya owned, Starwood-managed hotels voted by a margin of 97% Wednesday, March 2, to authorize a strike, if needed.
Darrell Asato, a waiter at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani said, "There’s no doubt that we made a strong statement of solidarity today. Our yes vote is a strong indication that hotel workers in Hawaii are united behind the fight to secure good jobs for the future. We’re the backbone of the industry and we deserve our fair share as our hotels continue to post big profits. Starwood and Kyo-ya cancelled bargaining on us three times this year alone. Disrespect deserves a response, and I think the company got the message today."
The total amount of union hotel workers represented by UNITE HERE Local 5 at the Sheraton Waikiki, Westin Moana Surfrider, Royal Hawaiian and Sheraton Princess Kaiulani is approximately 2,200 workers (NOT the 1,700 that was originally cited in an earlier statement released by the Union).
Union contracts for more than 6,000 Hawaii hotel workers expired on June 30, 2010.