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Kaiser employees stage one-day strike

Joyce Griffin Joyce Griffin
Suzann Filleul Suzann Filleul

By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A labor dispute led to a day-long strike Tuesday at a Honolulu clinic. Local 5 members walked the picket lines outside the Kaiser facility on Pensacola street. They're upset about the company's plan to consolidate its mail order pharmacy work.

The move affects 18 positions.

Kaiser notified patients with appointments at the clinic today -- to reassure them there would be no disruption in service.

"We've had a huge demand for our mail order business so we are consolidating that with Colorado. The important thing to know is that all of our Local 5 pharmacy employees will keep their position and employment. That's key" said Kaiser Permanente regional nurse executive Suzann Filleul.

"We have to be concerned because the company has not disclosed any of this to us so when they're saying things about no one is gonna lose their job, past history tells us, that's not enough" said employee Joyce Griffin

The strike is scheduled to end at 6:30 Tuesday night. Kaiser and the union have been negotiating for months on a new contract.

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