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Starwood and union agree on new contract

By Allison Schaefers

LAST UPDATED: 6:02 p.m. HST, Mar 14, 2011

Unite Here Local 5 has reached a tentative three-year agreement with Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

The new contract, which affects some 2,800 union workers at six Starwood managed hotels on Oahu, Maui and Kauai, comes just one week after the union settled with Hilton Hawaii. Union workers at the Sheraton Waikiki, Sheraton Kauai, Sheraton Maui, Moana Surfrider, Royal Hawaiian and Princess Kaiulani have been working without a new contract since June 30.

The contract preserves comprehensive family and retiree health and welfare coverage and offers workers a wage increase retroactive to July 1. The package also includes employer contribution increases that protect pension benefits for future and current retirees.
Workers will vote on the contract through March 18.

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