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Marriott reaches tentative contract with striking Hawaii employees

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Marriott reaches tentative contract with striking Hawaii employees

Marriott International has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with 2,700 of its workers in Hawaii.

The workers are members of Unite Here’s Local 5. If ratified, the agreement would end the longest strike in the union’s history.

Workers are voting on the contract now. Polls close at 12:30 a.m. EST, and results should be known by 1:30 a.m. EST.

“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.

The strike continues for 2,500 employees at seven properties in downtown San Francisco. That protest is in its eighth week. Negotiations will resume there on Saturday and Sunday.

Marriott had been negotiating with about 7,700 employees in eight cities since contracts expire in July and August. The workers include housekeepers, front desk attendants, restaurant employees, bellhops and others not in a management position.

Two spokespeople for Marriott did not respond to requests for comment this evening.

On Nov. 18, Marriott agreed to terms with striking workers at its Boston hotels after a 46-day strike. Contracts have also been settled with employees in Detroit; San Jose, California; Oakland, California; and San Diego.

The employees have been asking for increased wages, job security as hotels adopt more technology, and workplace safety.

The strike in Oahu and Maui, which began Oct. 8, was one of the largest. The strike involves five hotels owned by Kyo-ya and operated by Marriott: Sheraton Waikiki. Also included are The Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, and Sheraton Maui.

“The new agreement meets the needs of our employees and Kyo-ya,” the management of Kyo-ya said in a written statement.

This story is developing. 

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