Union negotiations with the Ala Moana Hotel resulted in victories for hotel workers. There are still more issues that need to be addressed by hotel management, but the agreements reached so far is an example that hotels can respond to the COVID pandemic in ways that are fair and respectful to front line union hotel…

Union inspectors inspected the Hilton Hawaiian Village on 2/5/21 and observed hotel workers spraying down pool deck chairs after they were used by a guest.  The inspectors also heard a PA announcement reminding hotel pool users about the face mask policy. However, during the 2/5/21 inspection and further inspections on 2/8 and 2/10, there were…

Local 5 member Rodney Nakashima gives us an update on HB 642 / SB 588, which would have required hotel employers and others to hire back the workers they laid off before looking outside for new workers. Unfortunately, the Hawai’i House and Senate killed both bills.

A union inspection of the property was done on January 8, 2021. Inspectors found the following: Hand sanitizer station by the guest elevator was empty. Two guests laying on pool lounge chairs were not wearing masks. County rules required public and private pool users to keep masks on unless in the water. No Plexiglas barrier…

 Kahala Resort has implemented a wide variety of health and safety measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, contact tracing measures, hourly cleaning of high-touch areas in public spaces, and daily temperature checks for employees and vendors are just a few of the things the hotel has put in place. Even by…

On Monday January 25, 2021, the Hawaii Legislature introduced worker recall legislation. If passed, it would require hotel employers and others to hire back the workers they laid off before looking outside for new workers. Over 670,000 workers nationwide were furloughed or laid off last year because of the closures and cutbacks caused by the…

A union inspection of the Sheraton Maui Resort was done on January 21, 2021. Inspectors observed the following: The hotel driveway and valet area didn’t have signage regarding face masks, social distancing or other COVID policies. Floor marking for social distancing was damaged, and at least one sign informing guests of hotel’s face mask rules…

Waikiki Beach Marriott – Spotlight The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort is a 1,310-room hotel in Waikiki managed by Marriott. We analyzed the safety protocols submitted by the hotel to the State of Hawaii, and have inspected the property multiple times, most recently on January 13 & 14, 2021. While the hotel instituted some safety measures,…

When you check in at your hotel, you may be asked to opt out of daily room cleaning. For every day you opt out of daily room cleaning, your hotel housekeeper won’t get paid to clean your room. Wouldn’t you like your room cleaned every day? SAY YES TO DAILY ROOM CLEANING Saying YES to…