State, Maui hospital workers reach settlement; transition to private ownership to move forward

State, Maui hospital workers reach settlement; transition to private ownership to move forward

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state and the union representing Maui hospital workers have reached a settlement that allows a transition from state to private ownership to move forward.

The settlement with the United Public Workers ends months of legal wrangling, which put the transition of three Maui hospitals in question.

"I am pleased that we were able to work with UPW to ensure that state workers at the Maui healthcare facilities are treated fairly during the transition process," Gov. David Ige said, in a news release.

"These employees are providing top-notch care for the community, and this agreement acknowledges their dedication to their patients. The settlement provides certainty to the people of Maui County that they will continue to have access to high quality health care."

The union wanted to ensure that its collective bargaining agreement with the state was honored during the transition from state ownership to Kaiser Permanente. Dayton Nakanelua, UPW state director, said the settlement recognizes the concerns of his members.

Ige, he said, "is honoring the process and the existing collective bargaining agreement."

With the settlement, the state and UPW will ask that the court lift an injunction that prohibits the transition of ownership from going forward. The UPW will also ask that its lawsuit be dismissed.

Some key points of the agreement:

  • The Maui region hospitals will be transferred from Hawaii Health System Corporation management to Kaiser no earlier than Nov. 6
  • The Maui Region hospitals will be operated and managed exclusively by Kaiser.
  • UPW bargaining unit employees will work under Kaiser’s supervision and direction and still be covered by UPW collective bargaining agreements until those agreements expire on June 30.
  • Kaiser will offer to hire UPW employees for a period of six months starting July 1.

The agreement clears the way for the transition to Kaiser to move forward.

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