Hawaii hotel workers authorize Waikiki strike

HONOLULU -- Hawaii hotel workers voted to authorize a strike at Waikiki hotels if negotiations for a new contract aren't successful, the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Local 5 in Hawaii said.

Major issues include increased workloads and lack of job security for the union's 6,000 members, Eric Gill, the union's financial secretary, told Travel Weekly.

He said the strike authorization covers workers at Hilton Hawaiian Village, Royal Hawaiian, Sheraton Waikiki, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, and the Moana Surfrider.

Gill said union negotiators would meet with management for talks on Aug. 22 and 23, so any strike would come after those dates.

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