KAANAPALI, Hawaii -- A union representing 373 employees at the
Royal Lahaina resort here is resorting to "dirty tricks,
name-calling and unethical practices" to get its way during
contract negotiations at the hotel, according to Ed Hogan, founder
of Pleasant Travel Services, which owns the Maui hotel.
Hogan was responding to the International Longshore and
Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 142's public airing of five complaints
it has made to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) about
unfair treatment the union is receiving at the hotel.
The union's contract expired in May and has been extended until
a new one is hammered out. The two parties will meet again Dec. 21
with Hogan traveling to Maui for the negotiations.
"The ILWU representatives can file all the court papers they
want to gain publicity for themselves, but the fact remains that
these complaints are proving to be without merit," Hogan said in a
In its latest complaint, the union charged that the hotel is
unlawfully demanding to know the names of employees who meet with
union representatives during their break times.
Not included in the five complaints are a dispute over $100,000
in back wages owed to some of the 300 employees, according to the
union; company contributions to the employee pension fund, which
were stopped in 1999, and basic wages.
Some of the complaints brought to the NLRB by the union include
the hotel restricting the number of union representatives allowed
to negotiate with the hotel, the hotel forbidding hotel workers to
talk to the press, union representatives being banned from the
hotel cafeteria and a dispute over increased pay for hotel maids
who use toxic cleaning chemicals.
In his statement, Hogan outlined "Union Demands/Claims" and "The
He said the fact that the hotel stopped contributing to the
employee pension fund "was in order to stay within the guidelines
set by the Pension Board and approved by the union." Further, he
said, other hotels on Maui "have similarly suspended contributions
to avoid an over funding of the pension fund."
Responding to the union complaint that it cannot visit its
members at the hotel, Hogan said "the union is making unreasonable
and unnecessary demands for access with an unlimited number of
nonemployee-union representatives ... This is disruptive to hotel
operations and unreasonable."
The $100,000 the union claims is owed to employees in back pay
"is simply not true, and we are not bound to release any records,"
As for housekeepers complaining about toxic chemicals they must
use on the job, Hogan said, "The fact is that cleaners used are
comparable to those commonly found in any grocery store, like
Tilex. There has never been a workers' compensation claim for
illness or injury caused by cleaners used at the hotel."