Marriott workers in Hawaii end strike, vote to ratify new contract

More than 2,700 hotel workers in Hawaii have ended a nearly two-month long strike on Monday after ratifying a new contract with Marriott, while a Marriott workers strike here in San Francisco continues.

Members of the hotel workers’ union UNITE HERE Local 5 approved the contract with a 99.6 percent yes vote.

“We are very pleased with the significant raises and working condition improvements in the new contract,” said Rachel Spokesperson, press secretary for UNITE HERE.

The workers had been on strike since Oct. 8 at five hotels in Maui and Oahu, owned by Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts and operated by Marriott.

Marriott workers in San Jose, Oakland, San Diego, Boston and Detroit have also settled strikes in recent weeks.

More than 2,500 Marriott employees in San Francisco are in their eighth week of a strike that started on Oct. 4. Their union, UNITE HERE Local 2, is pushing for increased job security, higher wages and guarantees on healthcare benefits, and is expected to continue negotiations with Marriott this weekend.

lwaxmann@sfexaminer.com

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