In an effort to advance their 3-year struggle for a new contract and counter the hotel’s latest union-busting tactics, Turtle Bay workers gathered 224 signatures on a petition to management demanding that the hotel pay for their medical care and return to the bargaining table. The hotel’s underpayments for workers’ health care has created a pending crisis and fueled increased anger among employees.
On March 18, the AFL Hotel and Restaurant Workers Health and Welfare Trust Fund–a joint labor management fund which provides Local 5 retirees, members and their families with health care coverage–wrote a letter to the hotel and the union stating that if the hotel does not begin to pay the current contribution rate in 60 days, Turtle Bay workers will lose their retiree medical coverage. The union petition urged -�the hotel to immediately return to the bargaining table and settle a fair contract so that we can end the boycott and help make Turtle Bay Resort a success.-�
Meanwhile, an Administrative Law Judge of the NLRB has rescheduled from April 12 to June 7 a hearing on eight separate alleged unfair labor practices. Sixteen additional unfair labor practice charges have been filed against Turtle Bay Resort and are now under investigation.