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Marriott hotel workers strike for 2nd week

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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Union workers shout "One Job should be Enough," on a Kamehameha Highway shoulder at the entrance to the Turtle Bay Resort on Tuesday. So far, there’s no end in sight for the strike, which began Oct. 8 when negotiations between Unite Here Local 5 and Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, which owns the Marriott-managed Sheraton Waikiki, The Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and Sheraton Maui, reached an impasse.
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Sign waver Jason Cabe, a union worker at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel, repeats the union's outcry, "One Job should be Enough," on a Kamehameha Highway shoulder at the entrance to the Turtle Bay Resort.
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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Pedestrians look for a way to navigate through a picket line in front of the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani hotel on Monday. The Unite Local 5 union representing the hotel workers have yet to come to an agreement with Kyo-Ya Hotels & Resorts as they seek higher wages and better benefits.
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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

A woman crosses the picket line in front of the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani hotel. Workers are asking for a $3-an-hour wage increase in the first year, while Kyo-ya has offered a 70-cent increase to cover wages and benefits. The average union housekeeper makes just over $22 an hour.
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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

A man on the way to the beach walks past picketers in front of the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani hotel. The labor dispute also is causing division in the community and among current and potential tourists.
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A newly wed couple from Japan takes photos as picketers walk the line in front of the Sheraton Moana Surfrider hotel.
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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Some visitors also have shown their support for the strike by joining picket lines, checking out of hotels or canceling future reservations.
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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

While most of the negative publicity seems to be focused on Kyo-ya and Marriott, there’s a growing pool of visitors, especially those from out of state who arrived here unaware of the dispute, that are angry at workers.
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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Picketers walk near the service entrance to the Sheraton Waikiki hotel.
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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Picketers block the service entrance to the Sheraton Waikiki hotel on Monday.