Union workers at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, including housekeepers, valet attendants and maintenance workers, began a seven-day strike at 3 a.m. Sept. 8, according to a Honolulu Star Advertiser report.

Cade Watanabe, a spokesperson for Unite Here Local 5, told the Star Advertiser that 500 employees of the hotel joined a nationwide strike of 3,000 of the union’s workers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Honolulu.

The striking Hyatt Regency Waikiki employees have been without a contract since June 2010. Nearly two months ago, union workers at the property called for a boycott of the Waikiki hotel.

Watanabe told the Star Advertiser that the current strike was an effort to move the boycott forward and the principal difficulty in past negotiations with Hyatt management has involved the issue of subcontracting of jobs.
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