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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Union rally at hotel tomorrow

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Pacific Beach Hotel employees and union representatives will hold a rally at the hotel tomorrow afternoon to demand that all workers be rehired after management of the hotel changes in December.

The Waikiki hotel is owned by HTH Corp. and managed by Outrigger affiliate PBH Management LLC. But HTH Corp. announced last week that it will resume management of the hotel Dec. 1 through an affiliate, Pacific Beach Corp.

When Outrigger took over in January, HTH and PBH Management agreed that all hotel employees would be kept on. Pacific Beach Corp. and HTH Corp. have not said whether they will do the same in December.

Many of the workers, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142, will march at the hotel from 4 to 5 p.m. to demand a "seamless" management transition back to HTH Corp.

The hotel's 535 employees have been without a contract since they voted three years ago to be represented by the ILWU.


The Hawaii Venture Capital Association will bring together entrepreneurs and investors at the group's annual "elevator pitch and speed dating" session Aug. 23.

Among the companies scheduled to attend are Atlantis Cyberspace Inc., ChipIn, eCoupons Hawaii, Edutainment Resources, Hawaii Engineering Group, Ocean Network and Pipeline Communications.

About 100 people attended last year's event, said Bill Spencer, HVCA president.

The event is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Plaza Club, 900 Fort Street Mall, Room 2000.

Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Register at www.hvca.org, or call 262-7329.