June 23, 2024
500 healthcare employees at Maui Well being System start strike immediately over pay : Maui Now

500 healthcare employees at Maui Well being System start strike immediately over pay : Maui Now
Staff rallied in December looking for higher pay. FILE: Dec. 2022. PC: Kehaulani Cerizo

Almost 500 frontline healthcare employees at Maui Well being System are set to start a strike immediately amid a dispute in pay and failed contract negotiations.

Maui Well being acquired the strike discover on Friday, Feb. 10, with 97.6% of United Public Staff AFSCME, Native 646, AFL-CIO members voting to authorize the strike.  Contract ratification voting by the UPW was carried out during the last two days and concluded late Tuesday afternoon with out help.

“Sadly, the contract was not ratified by union members. We’re dissatisfied by this consequence,” stated Tracy Dallarda, spokesperson for Maui Well being in an e mail.

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With out a contract settlement, these impacted will observe by way of on their intentions to strike, starting immediately, Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 a.m. Nurses aides, respiratory therapists, housekeepers, cooks and different employees at Maui Memorial Medical Heart, Kula Hospital and Lānaʻi Neighborhood Hospital are set to stroll out and start organized picketing in any respect three areas.

The Maui Well being Emergency Operations Heart crew has developed a contingency plan to cut back disruption to regular operations.

“The protection and accessibility for our staff, suppliers, sufferers, and guests is our precedence. All Maui Well being System services, together with Maui Memorial Medical Heart, Maui Memorial Medical Heart Outpatient Heart, Kula Hospital, and Lānaʻi Neighborhood Hospital might be accessible throughout this time,” stated Dallarda.

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Scheduled procedures and appointments will proceed, in line with Maui Well being.

*It is a growing story and extra info could also be added later immediately.