Tile, marble union strike ends, tentative agreement reached

As KHON2 first reported on Wake Up 2day, the three-day strike by members of the Hawaii Masons Union is over.

The union reached a tentative agreement Wednesday night.

Ceramic tile and marble setters were asking for better pay and benefits from the Tile Contractors Association of Hawaii.

On average, Hawaii tile and marble setters make about $29.72 per hour, making Hawaii the third top-paying state for this type of job.

Union spokesman Todd Saito released the following statement Thursday morning:

“A tentative agreement was reached yesterday. We are so proud of the members of Local 1 Hawaii, IUBAC who stood strong in this strike and stood up for what was right. This was not only about demanding fairness by our members, but this strike was also about showing this state that unions are strong and well in Hawaii. Our members look forward to now returning to their jobs, supporting their families, and making Hawaii a better place.”

Details of the new contract were not provided.

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