Hotel to lay off 78 employees

HONOLULU (AP) — The closure of a Hawaii hotel is expected to result in up to 78 employee layoffs.

Diamond Resorts has notified 78 workers at The Modern Honolulu that their positions are to be eliminated in the next 30 days, news outlets reported Friday.

Unite Here Local 5 labor union represents the workers and posted on its website Thursday about the anticipated job losses.

The layoffs will affect about 30 percent of the hotel’s staff across multiple departments including housekeeping, banquets, in-room dining, reservations, and food and beverage.

Las Vegas-based Diamond Resorts purchased The Modern in April 2018 for a reported $225 million. The company plans to convert the hotel into timeshare apartments.

Local 5 said it has filed federal complaints about unfair labor practices.