General Membership Meeting
Hawaiian Airlines President & CEO Peter Ingram and Alaska Airlines Director of Sales, Community & Public Relations Daniel Chun will both participate in a discussion panel entitled: The Future of Hawai'i from the Skies: an Airline Panel"
We are less than a week away from our 193rd General Membership Meeting, and the final details are falling into place. I am excited to say that we have put together an extremely diverse and informational program for our first-ever virtual GMM. Please take some time to review the schedule below and, if you haven't already, register for this event.
If you have any questions or concerns about GMM, please email my Director of Membership & Special Events Ashley Yonamine who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
193 HLTA General Membership Meeting
Friday, November 13th
It is clear that our strong advocacy in opposition to Bill 80 (2020) led the City Council to reconsider its position on the proposed measure. The bill's original author Councilmember Tommy Waters instead submitted Resolution 20-296 which urges our industry to work with hotel employees to both address return to work practices and establish comprehensive safety protocols to ensure safe working conditions. Yesterday, the measure was heard by the City Council and committed to the Committee on Executive Matters and Legal Affairs. I submitted testimony in support of this measure as these are goals and objectives that our industry stakeholders have already been very actively pursuing with our employees and the two labor organizations that represent their workers. And our non-affiliated labor hotels have also done an excellent job of bringing their workers back safely.
I feel strongly that a resolution is the more responsible way for the Council to address the impacts of the pandemic, and I was pleased to see the Honolulu Star-Advertiser agree with this sentiment in a recent "Off the News" column which I have reproduced below. Though the resolution has been referred back to Councilmember Ron Menor's EMLA committee, any changes to the measure that will impact our industry adversely will not have our support. More importantly, resolutions do not have the force of law.
"City Council Chairwoman Ann Kobayashi has rightly put on hold a bill that mandates hotel employee callback rules and requires cleaning of occupied hotel rooms. While the debate over Bill 80 is a necessary one to balance business and labor concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the measure's legality is dubious and the room-cleaning proposal appears to conflict with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines."
-Honolulu Star-Advertiser, "Off the News"
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