JRE Rallies Workers in Hawaii
I just found something on JRE's visit to Hawaii and SEIU rally there, as reported by the Star Bulletin:
Edwards' hotel-union push hits Waikiki
Former vice-presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. John Edwards joined Honolulu's hotel workers yesterday to push for better benefits in the middle of the first round of union negotiations.Contracts for approximately 6,500 Local 5 hotel workers employed in 10 of Waikiki's largest hotels expire this month. Unite Here, which represents about 11,000 service workers in Hawaii, encompasses about 90,000 full-service hotel workers in the United States and Canada.
Read the rest here.
I liked the quote from one of the rally participant, a worker who has been in the hospitality business there at Wikiki for 18 years:
"Other union concerns include protection from subcontracting, job security for military personnel who are called to action and how to cope with an ever-increasing workload, said Stella Galon, a housekeeper who has worked for the Royal Hawaiian Hotel for almost 18 years.
Galon praised Edwards for his support, saying, "At least some politicians care enough to travel to Hawaii to support us in our fight to improve our wages, benefits, health care and to protect our jobs."
This just in:
John Edwards fights for Hawaii hotel workers
By Associated Press
HONOLULU (AP) _ Potential presidential candidate John Edwards rallied a Hawaii hotel workers union today in its fight for better pay and benefits.
Edwards is a former U-S senator and vice presidential candidate.
He says he's ``thinking seriously'' about running for president in 2008 but hasn't made a decision yet.
Edwards spoke to hundreds of cheering union members at a Waikiki beach against a backdrop of tourists bathing in the sun and swimming in the Pacific Ocean.
Read the rest here, courtesy of the AP/KPUA News.
JRE is a man of conviction, speaking on behalf the workers in front of the tourists. Chuzpah! Wonder what hotel executives thought.
Hotel workers rally draws 1,200
Hotel workers rallied yesterday in Waikiki to bolster their position in contract negotiations. The hotel workers union, Unite Here Local 5, organized the rally, which police said drew about 1,200 people.
John Edwards, a former United States senator and vice presidential candidate, spoke at the rally.
Local 5 has begun or will soon begin contract negotiations with the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa, the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, the four Sheraton properties in Waikiki and the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa.
Read the rest from the Honolulu Advertiser site.
When the advertisers are taking note...JRE's Workin' It! Wow, 1200 workers. Go Local 5!
More buzz l8tr...
Update: Here's another piece from the Cleaning Maintenance Management web-zine. Not a lot new, other than they have noted that this was JRE's 5th Appearance for Hotel Workers Rising/ Unite Here group. They also are keeping up with SEIU's activities. Interesting.
My favorite pic:
JRE and Local 5
Good to go!
Note: I posted this on the last thread, but wanted to make it easier for JRE supporters to find.