Over 200 union hotel workers at the Ka'anapali Beach Club ratified a new three-year contract. The agreement includes improved job security language for food and beverage workers, a 401K retirement savings plan and wage increases, which are retroactive to April 2011. Unite Here Local 5 is a labor organization representing almost 10,000 workers in the hospitality and healthcare industries in the state. The group was instrumental in helping Ka'anapali Beach Club workers settle their contract. They did the same for employees of the Sheraton Maui last year.
"I'm very happy that we've settled our contract," said Imelda Ragudo, a housekeeper for the Ka'anapali Beach Club. "It means a lot to me to have a job that can support my family."
On O'ahu, unionized Local 5 employees at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki continue to work without a contract. The workers voted in favor of a consumer boycott of Hyatt in June 2011, becoming the 17th Hyatt hotel being boycotted by members of the Local 5.
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