This month-old letter from Sheraton management was still posted on the wall in the Sheraton Waikiki on November 14th.
In Hawaii, representatives of The Sierra Club, Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action and 350Hawaii.org collaborated on a column in the Honolulu Star Advertiser about the overlap between environmental sustainability and workers’ rights. It was titled “A truly sustainable Hawaii means one job should be enough”. They wrote,
“The cost of living in Hawaii is so high that people are forced into poor choices just to make ends meet every month. These include commuting long distances because it is cheaper to drive a gas car than to buy a home close to work; eating highly processed foods because locally sourced, healthy food is expensive; and using excessive fossil-fuel energy because the upfront costs of energy-efficient appliances, solar panels and electric cars are too high when living paycheck to paycheck.”
You can find the Op-Ed here.
NAREIT is the worldwide representative of REITs – we call on you to act like it. The “Dividends Through Diversity” forum means nothing if NAREIT continues to allow men like Sam Zell a platform to further perpetuate misogyny in an industry already recognized to be predominantly male. Hotels owned by REITS are mostly staffed with female housekeepers who are fighting sexual assault and discrimination at the workplace.