Judge rules against union in privatizing Maui hospitals case

Judge rules against union in privatizing Maui hospitals case

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A judge has rejected a claim brought by the United Public Workers union that a state law allowing the privatization of three Maui County hospitals violates the U.S. constitution.

The Maui News reports the judge dismissed the complaint Friday and denied the union's motions for a preliminary injunction in the case regarding the transfer of Maui Memorial Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital to Kaiser Permanente.

The union, which represents 1,500 Hawaii Health Systems Corp. employees, argued that the law allowing Kaiser to take control of the hospital violated the contracts clause of the Constitution. It also claimed the law interferes with collective bargaining agreements between the state and HHSC employees.

But the judge found no constitutional violation, noting that the collective bargaining agreements contained layoff provisions.

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