With their contract with the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa set to end, union members from Unite Here! Local 5 are joined by retirees and supporters for a sign-waving event along Honoapiilani Highway in Lahaina near the Lahaina Cannery Mall on Wednesday afternoon. “We’re here because our union contract ends at the end of the month,” said union member and Sheraton employee Joyce Tihada, who has worked at the resort for 52 years, starting a year after the hotel opened. She and other sign wavers decried the fact that most workers need to have multiple jobs to survive in Maui’s economy. “We want solidarity, and we think that one job should be enough,” Tihada said. Union officials said about 100 people took part in the sign waving. The event also came on the day that the Supreme Court struck a blow against unions in Janus v. AFSCME, which said nonunion workers cannot be forced to pay union fees. A similar rally in Waikiki drew 1,500 members of Local 5, which represents hotel, health care and food service workers. “The Janus decision is another attack on working families,” said Gemma Weinstein, president of Local 5.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
County Liquor Commission member Alberta de Jetley of Lanai speaks to the crowd during Tuesday night’s meeting at the Kihei Community Center. She was the lone commissioner to appear at the meeting about the liquor department and commission.
About 40 people including liquor licensees, nonprofit group representatives and concerned residents attended a community meeting Tuesday night called as part of a performance audit of the county liquor department.
Mike O’Dwyer, owner of Mulligans on the Blue and Fabiani’s, talks about issues concerning the liquor department during a public meeting Tuesday night at the Kihei Community Center. The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photos
Crews leave Kaanapali at the start of the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association’s race from Kaanapali Beach to Kaunakakai on Saturday. On Sunday, the fleet made their way from Molokai to Waimanalo, Oahu. The sailing canoes’ summer-long trek across the islands continues July 14-15, when they will race from Waimanalo to Kualoa and then on to Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore. Gloria Reed photos
The Kaanapali Beach Hotel canoe, captained by Ray Glauser, makes its way to Kaunakakai.
David Ige – To be keynote speaker
Smoke billows from a brush fire in windy Ukumehame on Wednesday afternoon. The fire had grown to 10 acres and was not contained as of 5:30 p.m. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
A brush fire in the Ukumehame area still was not contained late Wednesday afternoon. About 10 acres had burned as the fire moved quickly in windy conditions. Maui Fire Department photo