County In Brief

Marriott workers authorize strike

Unite Here Local 5 hotel workers statewide, including at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike, the union announced Monday night.

Of the 3,500 Marriott hotel workers statewide — including about 335 at the Sheraton Maui — 95 percent voted to authorize a strike. Besides the Sheraton Maui, the union represents workers at the Waikiki Beach Marriott, Sheraton Waikiki, The Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider and Sheraton Princess Kaiulani.

“We want to come to an agreement with Marriott, but our members are preparing for a strike if contracts are not settled soon,” said Eric Gill, secretary-treasurer of the union.

The union is demanding to “make one job enough to live in Hawaii” as well as job security. These issues include dealing with automation, workplace safety and immigration, the union said.

Flags at half-staff to honor Patriot Day

American and Hawaii flags will fly at half-staff today to mark Patriot Day and the 3,000 lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The flags are being lowered at the direction of President Donald Trump, Gov. David Ige said Monday.

The president calls on Americans to join community service events and a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. EDT (2:46 a.m. HST) to honor those who died in the attacks.

Park tennis courts to close in October

Two Waipuilani Park tennis courts in Kihei will be closed for maintenance work in October, the county Department of Parks and Recreation announced Friday.

The project will affect court Nos. 5 and 6.

For more project information, call 879-4364. For general information about parks, visit