MMMC nurses protest growing cuts in contract

Harry Eagar, Maui News, April 19, 2011 More than 100 nurses from Maui Memorial Medical Center rallied Monday and plan to gather again Thursday to protest terms of a new contract with the state. They are concerned about the continuation of pay cuts imposed two years ago, with new cuts in benefits on top. The growing disparity between what a nurse makes at the hospital and what one can make at a private hospital, or on the Mainland, is damaging the hospital, said Barbara Duarte, an operating room nurse and union steward of the operating room group for the nurses represented by the Hawaii Government Employee Association. ... MMMC