Column: Inspired by hotel workers, it’s time to fight for a living wage
By Gary Hooser
Dec. 6, 2018
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Local 5 union president Gemma Weinstein, left, celebrates with union member Jowenna Ellezar, middle, and Ellezar’s son Jaysean Mageo, 5, after ratification of a new contract negotiation at the Ala Moana Hotel on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in Honolulu. Local 5 hotel workers voted on a new contract that passed with 99.6% approval from about 1000 union members. The ratification will end the 51-day strike against several major hotels owned by Kyo-ya and managed by Marriott.