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Eric Gill

The leader of Hawaii's hotel workers union is passionate about labor organizing

By Lee Catterall

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 06, 2013

~~<p>Wanting to become involved in organized labor as &quot;tools of Hawaii's people,&quot; Eric Gill dropped out of college after one year and chose a job as a hotel dishwasher as the deliberate avenue toward union leadership.</p>
<p>&quot;I decided my personal efforts were better spent organizing workers as opposed to organizing students and others in the community,&quot; recalled Gill about his entry more than 38 years ago at Sheraton Waikiki, where employees were represented by the hotel workers' Local 5 union, now called Unite Here! Local 5.</p>
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Wanting to become involved in organized labor as "tools of Hawaii's people," Eric Gill dropped out of college after one year and chose a job as a hotel dishwasher as the deliberate avenue toward union leadership.

"I decided my personal efforts were better spent organizing workers as opposed to organizing students and others in the community," recalled Gill about his entry more than 38 years ago at Sheraton Waikiki, where employees were represented by the hotel workers' Local 5 union, now called Unite Here! Local 5. Login for more...



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