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Workers Strike at Hilton Hawaiian Village

October 15, 2010 By: Jena Tesse Fox

Workers at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki launched a five-day strike on Thursday over a contract dispute.

According to the Associated Press, the job action at the largest resort in Hawaii (3,600 rooms and 1,500 union members, including housekeepers and food service workers) began at 4 a.m. when members of Unite Here Local 5 walked off the job. The union issued a statement that said the strike was in protest of Hilton's efforts "to lock workers into cheap recession contracts."

In response, the hotel posted a letter to guests in the lobby and elevators that said management was bargaining in good faith with the union, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The guests were told hotel-run restaurants were closed and room service and valet parking would not be available. Housekeeping services were also interrupted, and guests were told where they could pick up extra towels.

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