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Tentative deal reached between Kapiolani Medical Center, nurses

After unsuccessful negotiations, nurses of Kapiolani Medical Center vote to strike
After unsuccessful negotiations, nurses of Kapiolani Medical Center vote to strike
Updated: Jan. 14, 2021 at 9:39 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The nurses’ union and Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children have reached a tentative deal in their ongoing contract negotiations.

“Contract negotiations are never easy, and we greatly appreciate the dedication and commitment of the negotiating committees to come together and agree on a contract that is fair and sustainable,” Kapiolani CEO Martha Smith said, in a statement issued Thursday.

“This tentative agreement continues to provide our nurses with highly-competitive wages and benefits while also addressing the very real long-term economic challenges facing our industry today.”

Nurses are set to vote on whether to ratify the tentative agreement on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21.

This deal averts a potential strike by nurses after they voted in favor of one last week. Click here to read more.

Specifics on the deal were limited, but a hospital spokesperson shared highlight of the agreement Wednesday night. It includes:

  • Wage increases of 2% in years one and two of the contract, and 3% in year three.
  • For double or family health care coverage, no change in health care premium costs for nurses in year one and Kapiolani will continue to pay 84%. In years two and three, Kapiolani will pay 82% of the premium cost.
  • Kapiolani will continue to pay 100% of the health care premium cost for single coverage.
  • The tentative agreement also addresses nurses’ PPE and safety concerns.

“After about 12 hours of mediation today a tentative agreement was reached. We feel this is a fair agreement and will be taking to the members for a ratification vote next week,” Daniel Ross, president of the Hawai’i Nurses’ Association OPEIU Local 50, said.

This story will be updated with new details when they become available.

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