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Kaiser union plans work stoppage

By Kristen Consillio

LAST UPDATED: 04:45 p.m. HST, Apr 03, 2013

The union representing 1,900 Kaiser Permanente Hawaii workers has called for a one-day work stoppage Thursday to protest increased employee workloads and other impacts from last month’s closure of the Honolulu Clinic Urgent Care Center.

Kaiser laid off 13 clerical and emergency tech employees when it closed the urgent care center on March 16. 

The union also has been unable to reach a new labor agreement with Kaiser since the Aug. 31 expiration of its bargaining contract.

Unite Here Local 5 said the state’s largest health-maintenance organization has failed to deal with the impact on remaining workers and that patient care is suffering. The union issued a 10-day strike notice on March 24 and said about 100 workers would participate Thursday in an early-morning rally and solicit support by asking patients at Kaiser clinics on Oahu and Maui to sign a petition protesting the cuts.

Kaiser said its Moanalua Medical Center and Clinic and 18 clinics statewide will remain open for business.

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allie wrote:
another mess...
on April 3,2013 | 04:55PM
1local wrote:
time to get rid of self interest unions...
on April 3,2013 | 09:27PM
serious wrote:
Just like the teachers/health care---- students/patients first. Unions. Isn't there some sort of adult supervision in this state??? I wish we had a governor who worked in the private sector!! These things can be negotiated out. But with a D state -- impossible.
on April 3,2013 | 06:00PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Better they quit and get people willing to take car of the patients!
on April 3,2013 | 09:08PM
hikine wrote:
You will notice these cost cutting tactics from Kaiser when you yourself will go to the clinics. These employees do contribute to patient care specially in Urgent Care! Heaven forbids when your family member or yourself suddenly fall ill and the closest facility has closed it's doors. The bad thing is that HNA who represents the RNs does not support Local 5's action. Local 5 supported the RNs when the layoffs were announced.
on April 4,2013 | 02:18AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Terrific! They are gonna hurt sick people to show their strength. Just like a young punk punching his 80 year old grandfather because he won't give him money.
on April 4,2013 | 06:47AM
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