Wednesday, July 30, 2014         

 Print   Email   Comment | View 9 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

Hotel workers union accused of seizing dues

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 10:48 a.m. HST, Apr 30, 2014

A group of employees at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki has filed federal unfair labor practice charges against UniteHere! Local 5.

With assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation, a group of four employees filed the charges with the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB.

The employees alleged that when the collective bargaining agreement expired in June 2010, they resigned their union membership and exercised their option to refrain from union dues payments.

They alleged that Local 5 is charging the workers for union dues and fees from June 2012 to August 2013, though the new Local 5 contract covering Hyatt workers that was approved in July 2013.

The national office of UNITE HERE at the time said the new agreement covered retroactive pay increases and maintenance of health care and pension benefits.

The National Right to Work Foundation identified the union employees who filed the charges as Mark Tamosiunas, Wayne Young, Steven Taono and Anges Demarke.

The foundation said the charges will be investigated by the NLRB.

Local 5 could not be immediately reached for comment.

 Print   Email   Comment | View 9 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

You must be subscribed to participate in discussions
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may receive a warning, and if you persist with such comments you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.
Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.
LRC wrote:
Shame on those four....your names are now public and I hope you get wrath. YOU DIDN'T COMPLAIN when that SAME UNION got you a nice pay raise now did you????
on April 30,2014 | 08:43AM
DAGR81 wrote:
Labor unions are obsolete and self-serving.
on April 30,2014 | 09:41AM
baileygirl9631 wrote:
This state is run by unions! Things don't get done because of them.
on April 30,2014 | 09:48AM
South76 wrote:
They are the main reason why doing business here are much higher than any other places.
on April 30,2014 | 10:11AM
Giligan wrote:
They are smart to leave the union, because when the rail is bankrupt, we will surcharge all union members pay. We will remember Pacific Resource Partnership.
on May 1,2014 | 06:13AM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
No, shame on you for believing that it is okay to strong arm individuals. The taking of money without permission is stealing however you cut it. Unions have become so powerful in this state that they pretty much do whatever they want knowing that in the worst case scenario people will forget their misdeeds. They use cunning tactics such as slick publicity ads to get what they want such as pay raises when the state or county can't afford it and use threats of strike in order to ultimately get what they want to fill their pockets. This power extends to campaign contributions which should not be allowed due to conflict of interest. And that is why our state is in such financial straits.
on April 30,2014 | 12:28PM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
They name the complainants in the case but do not name all the union officials behind what amounts to strong arming.
on April 30,2014 | 12:20PM
Anonymous wrote:
The government unions do this all the time. An individual can choose to not be a member of HGEA, UPW, etc. but they will still take the dues out of your paycheck.
on April 30,2014 | 04:02PM
CEI wrote:
This article was written with the sole purpose of publicly identifying the four who brought the charge. The article plainly stating that the National Right to Work Foundation identified the four leaves Unite Here with clean hands. The four workers should get ready for threats and intimidation by union thugs courtesy of the SA.
on April 30,2014 | 05:07PM
Breaking News