Ho­tel strike

Walk­out en­ters its sixth day

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As a strike by ho­tel work­ers moved into its fifth day, the owner of the Sher­a­ton Maui Re­sort & Spa said Fri­day that it is “com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing our good faith bar­gain­ing.”

The state­ment from Kyo-ya Ho­tels & Re­sorts said that it is “ready to wel­come them back.” Kyo-ya owns the Sher­a­ton at Kaana­pali, as well as the Sher­a­ton Waikiki, Sher­a­ton Princess Kaiu­lani, the Royal Hawai­ian and the Moana Surfrider.

The 2,700 work­ers at the five ho­tels — 325 at the Sher­a­ton on Maui — went on strike Mon­day morn­ing seek­ing higher wages and stricter rules on out­sourc­ing and au­toma­tion. They are rep­re­sented by UNITE HERE Lo­cal 5.

Michael Kirby of Lo­cal 5 and works at the Moana Surfrider said Fri­day night that Kyo-ya has not said any­thing to the union about con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“I un­der­stand that Kyo-ya wants to wel­come the work­ers back,” he said. “They haven’t set a date to do any kind of con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions.”

The work­ers have spe­cific de­mands that “we’d like them to come to the ta­ble to dis­cuss with us. Yet, they have sim­ply put us off,” Kirby said.

“We as Kyo-ya work­ers wel­come Kyo-ya back to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble,” he said.

Kyo-ya said it has im­ple­mented con­tin­gency plans to en­sure that the ho­tels “con­tinue to of­fer our guests an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing their stay in Hawaii.” There have been ad­just­ments to staffing lev­els and ser­vices of­fered at the ho­tels.

At the Sher­a­ton on Maui on Mon­day, guests were told that house­keep­ing and restau­rant of­fer­ings would be lim­ited.

“We have no­ti­fied our guests and busi­ness part­ners of the si­t­u­a­tion and are pro­vid­ing them with on­go­ing up­dates,”

Kyo-ya said. “We en­cour­age our cur­rent and fu­ture ho­tel guests to contact their in­di­vid­ual prop­er­ties for the lat­est in­for­ma­tion.

“We un­der­stand that the demon­stra­tions are caus­ing some dis­rup­tion. We apol­o­gize

for the in­con­ve­nience, and we ap­pre­ci­ate the pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing of our neigh­bors, the com­mu­nity and our guests.”

The work­ers’ con­tract ex­pired June 30; they voted to strike Sept. 10.

The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

De­spite the heat and the early-morn­ing start, Sher­a­ton Maui Re­sort & Spa work­ers in Kaana­pali were in good spir­its Mon­day on the first day of the strike, say­ing they hoped their show of unity would con­vince ho­tel man­age­ment to lis­ten to them. On Fri­day, as the strike moved into its fifth day, Kyo-ya Ho­tels & Re­sorts, the owner of the Sher­a­ton Maui, said that it is “com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing our good faith bar­gain­ing.”

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