Nearly 2,800 union hotel workers employed at the six Hawaii based Starwood-managed properties on Maui, Kauai and Oahu voted on March 18 by a margin of 99% to ratify a new three-year agreement that will expire on June 30, 2013.
Union contracts for workers at the Sheraton Maui, Sheraton Kauai, Sheraton Waikiki, Princess Kaiulani, Moana Surfrider, and Royal Hawaiian Hotels originally expired on June 30, 2010.
The new three-year agreement ensures that current comprehensive family and retiree health and welfare coverage will be continued and provides for significant new wage increases fully retroactive to July 1, 2010. In addition, the package includes contribution increases that protect pension benefits for future and current retirees.
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.