Kahuku, HI -" Turtle Bay workers walked off the job early Saturday morning to protest abusive working conditions for housekeepers and other health and safety issues for laundry and Palm Terrace restaurant workers. At around 3AM, the union delivered a letter to the manager on duty stating that workers were going on strike until 11:59 pm or until management agreed to commit in writing to resolve the issues raised. Since there is no union contract in place, workers cannot take their grievances to arbitration. However, without a contract, workers are not restricted from taking other actions, such as stopping work, in order to resolve their grievances. A recent survey of housekeepers conducted by the union revealed that 81% of Turtle Bay housekeeping workers experience pain on the job, 69% take pain medication at least weekly and 56% have trouble sleeping because of pain. Because of excessive workloads, 59% of housekeepers take less than their full 30 minute break and 21% take no break at all. For more information about the Turtle Bay Boycott, go to www.turtlebayboycott.info.