HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — A tentative agreement has been reached between Hilton and the union representing hundreds of hospitality workers, Unite Here Local 5, union leaders said.
According to the union, the new two-year deal would include improved wages, benefits and the reinstatement of daily room cleaning and other services.
About 1,800 Hilton Hawaiian Village hospitality workers would benefit from the deal. The union says workers will vote to ratify the deal within the next week.
“We are proud to announce a breakthrough in our two-year campaign to defend Hawaii’s hotel service standards,” said Eric Gill, financial secretary-treasurer of Unite Here Local 5.
Since the start of the pandemic, hotels have reduced or even eliminated daily room cleaning and replaced it with a demand-based system. The move impacted the jobs of many housekeepers in the state’s hospitality industry, and they fought to reverse it and restore the industry’s previous position, the union said.
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Hawaii News Now is working to get a statement from Hilton regarding the tentative agreement.
The union says Hilton has also agreed to significantly increase dues to bolster health and welfare services to boost wages and pension contributions.
“We have reached this excellent two-year agreement with Hilton that addresses the most critical issues facing hospitality workers as tourism recovers from the pandemic. Local 5 was able to reach this agreement because of the activism and strong organizing of Hilton workers, and because Local 5 participated in coordinated bargaining efforts over the past two years with 15 other local unions and our international union,” added Gill.
Previous collective bargaining terms with the union and several other hotel companies expired on June 30. The union says it will continue to work with others in hopes of improving working conditions for employees.
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