Kauai nurses move toward strike

Tom Finnegan, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 14, 2006

Lihue - Nurses at Wilcox Hospital overwhelmingly rejected the administration's final offer on a contract last night, paving the way for a strike at Kauai's lone full-service hospital.

The strike, scheduled for June 24, is not over money or benefits, but for patients' safety, officials at the Hawaii Nurses' Association said.

Of the 140 eligible to vote yesterday, 113 rejected the offer and decided to strike, while 14 accepted, and 13 did not vote. Eighty-five percent of eligible voters already authorized a strike on June 6. ... Kauai