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Negative ads target Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There is still no contract deal for hundreds of Kaiser Permanente workers after talks broke down early Friday morning. The union representing nearly 1,900 employees started airing negative ads this month. The television and radio spots direct listeners to this website run by Unite Here Local 5.

Ruth Llanto is one of the Kaiser workers who walked the picket lines during a six-day strike in February.

"The changes, we see how the members are affected. We don't have the staff to deliver our patient care. They deserve the best care," said Llanto, a receptionist at Kaiser's Waipio clinic.

On Thursday, the two sides met for the second time since the walkout, but the negotiations ended with no deal. According to the union, the main sticking points are staffing, retroactive pay raises, and the elimination of pensions for new workers.

"There were a lot of angry employees. It was sad. We were actually hoping that they would make a move this time," said Llanto.

A Kaiser spokesperson called the negative ads misleading. In 2014, the Hawaii region earned only .02% more than it spent, according to the company. Officials said Kaiser also has more workers represented by Local 5 than it did two years ago.

"Carewise, the nurses and what not have been pretty good," said patient Wendy German. "It's always fine. They're always good."

During the strike, German had to reschedule one of her weekly appointments.

"I wish they could get what they need, maybe not necessarily what they want because then our care will go up in price, and medical care right now as it is, is not cheap," said German.

The previous contract ended three years ago. No new talks are scheduled.

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