HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Negotiations between Kaiser Permanente and "Unite Here Local 5" have stalled. And with no new negotiations planned, union workers will walk off the job next week from Monday through Saturday at Kaiser's 22 locations statewide.
Kaiser will be closing some clinics temporarily as a result.
The union, which represents about 2000 workers, includes receptionists, food servers, housekeepers, maintenance workers and some licensed practical nurses.
Union reps say the company's 3-year contract offer isn't nearly enough.
"Kaiser is offering us the lowest raise increase offered all over Kaiser which is, 2%, 1%, 1%," says Shanelle Simpliciano, a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Members are also angry about upcoming changes to the pension plan for new employees.
Kaiser did issue a statement through spokesperson Laura Lott:
"We have received a 10-day notice from Local 5 and are disappointed by this negotiating tactic. We believe an honest discussion at the bargaining table is the best way to resolve issues and differences."
The strike does not include doctors and most nurses who will have to cross the line to work.
List of Closed clinics if strike happens:
Hawaii Kai Clinic
Mapunapuna (except areas listed above)
South Kona Clinic