Over a thousand unionized hotel workers at the Hilton Hawaiian Village are expected to protest for better wages and stronger work protections Friday afternoon.

The demonstration comes as Unite Here Local 5, the hotel workers union, is in the middle of contract negotiations which should resume next week, a union spokesman said. The union and Hilton have been negotiating the contract since March.

“Members at Hilton are demanding the company to address the poverty wages and workload issues in its timeshare towers, stronger language to protect jobs even with the implementation of automation and technological changes, and to disincentivize subcontracting,” a union press release said.

Hilton workers authorized a strike last month if the contract negotiations fail. There are about 1,700 workers at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, which is the state’s largest hotel property with over 3,800 rooms.

If Hilton workers do strike, it would be the second in about a year at a large Waikiki property. Last year, 2,700 workers from Kyo-Ya properties operated by Mariott went on a 51-day strike, the longest since 1970. Workers came away form last year’s strike with a $6-per-hour wage and benefit increase over the next four years.

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