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Kaiser workers protest work standards at Moanalua Medical Center

By Kristen Consillio

LAST UPDATED: 10:23 a.m. HST, Nov 21, 2013

More than 300 Kaiser Permanente Hawaii union employees protested for improved work standards this morning at the Moanalua Medical Center.

The one-day work stoppage staged by Unite Here Local 5 is being used as leverage to demand that Kaiser issue fair workloads, provide adequate staffing as well as hire more staff to allow workers to take vacations, the union said in a press release.

Kaiser's employees on Maui also planned to protest in front of the Wailuku clinic.

"Kaiser Permanente is negotiating in good faith with Local 5 and we believe the best way to reach agreement on a new contract is to bargain at the table," said Kaiser spokeswoman Laura Lott, adding that the company has made five requests in the past 10 weeks to meet with Local 5 to no avail. The union has not responded with dates for future negotiations, she said.

"We respect and value our talented and caring employees. We remain optimistic that we can reach an agreement with Local 5 that is good for our employees while allowing us to be competitive in the market place."

The workers are asking patients to sign petitions during the protest or go online to unitehere5.org/patientpetition.

"Working with patients and keeping them healthy is my pride and joy. I want to provide nothing but the best care for my patients," Cindy Aban, a medical assistant who has worked at Kaiser Permanente Honolulu since 2005, said in a statement. "But Kaiser isn't hiring enough staff for us to be able to provide the very best, personalized care for our patients."

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808warriorfan wrote:
That Kaiser spokesperson has a "Doctorate Degree" in Double Talk = How to take a lot and not say anything
on November 21,2013 | 10:15AM
1local wrote:
Time for Kaiser to go non-union. lower costs for their patients and more satisfied and hard working employees. Unions have ruined almost all industries in hawaii - sugar, pineapple, etc...
on November 21,2013 | 10:55AM
hilopango wrote:
Agree 100%. Unions are only in existence to fatten the leaders.
on November 21,2013 | 11:25AM
cojef wrote:
Literally you mean obese leaders?? Wondering if they are insured with Kaiser or do they have union covered insurance? M ore likely company provided and if sub-standard as the President claim would be cancelled. Oh, forgot they got an exemption for a year an executive order which opted to use circumventing the Legislators??? By the way Obama taught congressional law for 10 years or so, and was an opponent of executive orders used by the the George Bush..
on November 21,2013 | 02:11PM
walkintosh wrote:
When you are sick, or your child or family member is I'll in the hospital, and you see how busy the staff are, with not enough time to take care, then you will re- think your comments here about unions and " decreasing costs". If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it - please read about the many people who died in the early 1900s trying to speak up for workers' rights. The Kaiser employees are not asking for more money - they are crying for more staff - to help the sick and injured. When you or a family member needs hospitalization some day - not IF but WHEN, you will remember this day, and regret that you chose not to learn about the facts.
on November 21,2013 | 11:48PM
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