Thousands of Marriott Workers in Hawaii Say Yes To New Contract

The Marriott strike in Hawaii is over.

USA Today reports:

Marriott International‘s 2,700 workers in Hawaii have ratified a new contract with the largest hotel company in the world, ending a nearly two-month-long strike.

The contract was approved with a 99.6 percent yes vote.

The workers are members of Unite Here’s Local 5. The strike was the longest in the union’s history.

“We’re grateful for the solidarity of our fellow union members and the support of the entire community,” Unite Here Local 5 president Gemma Weinstein said in a written statement.

Union leaders say the new contract meets many of their demands: job security, reductions in subcontracting of staff positions, worker involvement in the adoption of new technology, a child/elder fund, a reduction in workload for housekeepers, an increase in wages, an increase in pension contributions, and an increase in health and welfare contributions.

Job security was a major concern.

‘No matter how high your pay is or how great your benefits are, if there is no job security, those benefits will disappear if you lose your job,’ says Marriott housekeeper Jowenna Ellazar.”

For the rest of the story, visit USA Today here.

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