UNITE HERE Local 5 Joins Alliance!
On Wednesday, June 13, the Alliance Steering Committee accepted UNITE HERE Local 5 as our newest member. Alliance Chair Kathleen Theobald hailed the move, saying “The union makes us strong – and the more unions in our Alliance, the stronger we are. Local 5 is a powerful, committed local union with experienced leadership, and we’re very happy to welcome them!” Local 5 represents approximately 2,000 KP workers in Hawaii.
“With our contract expiring in a few months, UNITE HERE Local 5 has joined the other Kaiser unions with 2018 expiration dates in bargaining,” said Secretary-Treasurer Eric Gill. “Together, we will achieve a contract settlement that meets our economic needs, builds greater solidarity among our allied unions and holds Kaiser management responsible to the highest degree of partnership with unionized Kaiser workers. We appreciate the Alliance’s prompt acceptance of our union’s participation.”
The addition of UNITE HERE Local 5 brings the total number of local unions in the Alliance to 22, and our total number of International unions to nine. The Alliance now represents approximately 48,000 KP workers in every region.
Coordinated bargaining resumes shortly, with bargaining dates set for June 25-26, and July 8-9. Local 5 negotiators will be quickly integrated into the Alliance bargaining team.
Reminder: On Monday, June 25, wear your Union Colors (and buttons, stickers, t-shirts, scrubs, lanyards, etc.) to work to show support for your bargaining team!