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ILWU optimistic for Pacific Beach Hotel workers

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 05:22 p.m. HST, Nov 09, 2012

Unionized employees at the Pacific Beach Hotel said they are “thankful” and “excited” about a new management company hired to assume day-to-day operations of the hotel.

All will be retained by the new management, said Geri Williams-Fitts, vice president of human resources for Highgate Hotels L.P.

Employees Doug Kometani and Kapena Kanaiaupuni spoke with reporters following a joint appearance this morning by the union and Highgate.

ILWU members and HTH Corp., the hotel’s owner, have been embroiled in acrimonious legal battles since 2002, when workers first began efforts to organize into a collective bargaining unit.

Highgate, with corporate offices in New York City, Dallas, and London, will officially assume management of the property within “upcoming weeks,” Williams-Fitts, said.

The union has “90 percent” of a new contract negotiated with the hotel’s ownership and Dave Mori, ILWU Oahu division director is optimistic about the rest of the contract issues being resolved with Highgate quickly.

Highgate has “collaborative co-existence” at “most locations” in its hotel portfolio, Williams-Fitts said.

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on November 9,2012 | 11:57AM
serious wrote:
Yes, correct--couldn't keep up with union wages. And the loudspeakers outside the place when they struck. Kept people away. But it's a Union state--the heck with businesses.
on November 9,2012 | 01:00PM
Labor wrote:
No, thats wrong Some facts: 1.PBH never paid union scale. In general workers there are paid LOWER than union and non-union scale Waikiki hotel workers and had workloads that were 10-20% higher. Why do they stay? Loyalty to HH the original developer. 2. They never struck the hotel. They should have, but never did. Why? they gave a heck about business and didn't want to permanently damage the hotel's business. 3. The courts have sided with the workers on nearly every aspect of the case(s) against the hotel. One particularly telling decision favoring the workers was handed down by one of the most conservative Bush era judges.
on November 9,2012 | 02:55PM
serious wrote:
Look, I SAW those picketers with loud speakers in front of the Pacific Beach. Peopl could not sleep. Marching up and down. We need a right to work state. But with 100% D's it will never happen we'll see the highest prices. One reason we have the worst state to do business.
on November 9,2012 | 03:17PM
Labor wrote:
Yes I know you saw them. Like I said they never had a strike. Picket, for a few hours a day, sure. Strike 24/7 until you get either the workers or company gives in. No.
on November 9,2012 | 03:36PM
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