Wilcox nurses strike

Lester Chang, Garden Island, June 24, 2006

More than 50 Wilcox Memorial Hospital nurses set up picket lines in front of the hospital Saturday morning to rally public support following the collapse of contract talks.

Some nurses said the strike gained strength with Kaua‘i Sen. Gary Hooser and representatives for the Hawaii Government Employee’s Association and the Hawaii State Teachers Association - two of the largest unions in the state - joining the picket line.

The strike started at 7 AM and more nurses were expected to join throughout the day until 8 PM Saturday. The strike resumes at 6 AM Sunday, a striker said. ... Wilcox