Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Hawaiian Hotels Settle

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Hawaiian Hotels Settle

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The Hawaii Hotel Council and Local 5 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees settled on a 5-year master contract that provides wage increases and benefits improvements for some 5,000 employees. The Council bargained for seven hotels--the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, the Sheraton Moana Surf Rider, the Sheraton Royal Hawaiian, the Sheraton Waikiki, the Hilton Hawaiian Village, and the Ilikai Hotel.

The pact calls for wage increases of around 4 percent in the first year of the contract, and around 3 percent each in the second and third years, with the exact amount dependent on an employee's job classification. The settlement also includes a reopener covering wages and health and welfare funding in 1998, and a 6-month postponement for implementing "most of the money items" at the Ilikai because of its financial difficulties. Under the prior agreement, wage rates averaged $12.45 per hour and ranged between $10 and $18 per hour.

Besides maintaining health care benefits at their current levels without additional employee premium sharing, the contract calls for several benefit improvements. Pension benefits are increased by approximately $1 per month per year of credited service in the second and third contract years, to $24 per month in 1997, and to $25 per month in 1998. …

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