HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After more than two years of negotiations, still no deal between Kaiser Permanente and Unite Here Local 5.
"We've instructed all of our Local 5 employees to clock out and to dismiss themselves from their jobs and to join us on the strike line at 12 o'clock midnight," said Cindy Aban, who is a medical assistant at the Honolulu clinic.
Nearly 1,900 unionized workers will be off the clock for six days.
Ten clinics will be closed on Oahu, Big Island and Maui. Kaiser's 12 other clinics and Kaiser's hospitals will remain open as physicians and registered nurses fill in for striking staffers.
But some patients are worried about the impact.
"That's a lot of people, that's a lot of people not gonna be getting service and the help they need and I think it's pretty selfish you know especially if when you're in a field of that department, it's pretty a shock to hear such a thing happen," said Kaiser member Travis Harada.
Local 5 says 88 percent of voting employees support the strike. But Kaiser says fewer than half the company's workers actually voted. The dispute involves guaranteed pensions and pay raises.
Kaiser's latest contract offer included a 4 percent increase over three years. Kaiser's California employees got a 14 percent raise after striking in November.
The following facilities are open and will operate under normal hours:
- Moanalua Medical Center and Specialty Clinic
- Moanalua After Hours Care
- Honolulu Medical Office and Ambulatory Surgery Center
- Koolau Medical Office
- Mapunapuna Gastroenterology
- Mapunapuna Mohs Surgery Center
- Waipio Medical Office
- Behavioral Health Ala Moana
- Maui Lani Medical Office
- Maui Lani After Hours Care
- Wailuku Medical Office and Ambulatory Surgery Center
- Lahaina Clinic
- Maui Lani Elua Clinic
- Behavioral Health Wells Street
- Hilo Clinic
- Kona Medical Office
The following facilities will close Feb. 2–8, reopening on Monday, Feb. 9:
- Hawaii Kai Clinic
- Kahuku Clinic
- Kailua Clinic
- Kapolei Clinic
- Mapunapuna Clinic (except areas listed above)
- Nanaikeola Clinic
- Pearlridge Clinic
- Kihei Clinic
- South Kona Clinic
- Waimea Clinic
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