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Kaiser workers threaten to go on strike

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Some Kaiser Permanente workers have threatened to go on strike in early February, claiming that the health care company is trying to take away guaranteed pensions.

Kaiser received notice from Unite Here Local 5, the union representing some 2,000 employees, saying 88 percent of members voted in favor of a strike.

"Kaiser earned $3,100,000,000 in profits in the first 3 quarters of 2014," the group wrote on its website. "By going on strike, we will show Kaiser that we are ready and willing to stand together and fight for our future."

The strike is planned for Feb. 2.

In the meantime, Kaiser issued the following statement in response:

Kaiser Permanente is currently in contract negotiations with Unite Here Local 5. We will continue to negotiate in good faith in hopes of reaching an agreement soon.

We have received a 10-day notice from Local 5 and are disappointed by this negotiating tactic because it distracts focus and resources away from completing meaningful and productive talks. We attempted to prevent the strike by contacting the union urging them to return to the bargaining table as soon as possible. We hoped that union leadership would consider this alternative to the strike but they did not. We believe an honest discussion at the bargaining table is the best way to resolve issues and differences.

If a strike takes place we will take the necessary steps to minimize disruption to our patients and members. We deeply regret any inconvenience caused by Local 5's action and appreciate our member's understanding and patience.

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