RNs - Hawai'i

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No progress reported in Kauai nurse talks

Pacific Business News (Honolulu), June 17, 2006

Negotiators for Wilcox Hospital and the hospital's nurses met with a federal mediator Friday but adjourned without progress. A June 24 strike is planned.

The Hawaii Nurses Association said it brought "several significant concessions" to the table Friday but found no movement by management. The session lasted half an hour, the union said.

"We found their attitude deeply disappointing," nurse-negotiator DQ Jackson said. "Nevertheless, we remain ready and available to talk at any time." ... No

Nurses set June 24 strike at Kaua'i hospital

Associated Press, June 15, 2006

Lihu'e, Kaua'i - Nurses at Wilcox Memorial Hospital issued a 10-day strike notice after overwhelmingly rejecting management's latest contract offer, their union said yesterday.

The Hawaii Nurses Association said its 140 members at Wilcox Memorial, Kaua'i's only full-service hospital, intend to walk off the job at 7 AM June 24 if a settlement isn't reached.

With the issues of wages and benefits settled weeks ago, the stumbling block in contract negotiations has been the nurses' concerns about staffing and patient safety, the union said. ... Nurses

Nurses near strike at Wilcox Hospital

Pacific Business News (Honolulu), June 15, 2006

The Hawaii Nurses Association says its members have overwhelmingly rejected, over the issue of staffing ratios, a final contract offer by Wilcox Hospital.

The union said Thursday that its members, who voted by an 85 percent margin on June to authorize a strike, have now rejected the final contract offer by a margin of 89 percent.

A strike is scheduled to begin at 7 AM on June 24. However, the two sides agreed to meet with a mediator on Friday.

The 10-day strike notice was to be presented to Wilcox Hospital and its parent company Hawaii Pacific Health Thursday morning, the union said. ... Nurses

Nurses authorize strike

Lester Chang, Garden Island, June 14, 2006

Most of the 140 nurses at Wilcox Memorial Hospital have voted not to ratify a contract settlement offered by the hospital sending the message they are ready to strike as soon as June 24.

Negotiators with the Hawaii Nurses Association and Wilcox Hospital failed to resolve staffing and patient safety issues. Some 89 percent of the nurses voted on Tuesday not to ratify a final contract settlement.

HNA has issued a 10-day strike notice that could result in registered nurses and licensed practical nurses hitting picket lines at 7 AM, June 24, if the issues are not resolved. ... Nurses

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

Need for nurses going unmet

Maui News, February 19, 2006

The situation is not unique to Maui Memorial Medical Center. Hospitals around the state are being squeezed by an ever-increasing demand for services for patients who don’t really belong in an acute-care hospital, but do need skilled nursing care and don’t have anywhere else to get it.

Hospitals on Oahu that accept patients across the broad spectrum of the population are also dealing with acute-care beds occupied by patients who are chronically ill, but who don’t require the 24-hour attention of the acutely ill or injured. ... Need

New hospital wing on stretch run to finish; staff challenge persists

Brian Perry, Maui News, February 18, 2006

Wailuku – Its heavy-lifting work nearly done, the 160-foot-high crane at Maui Memorial Medical Center will disappear from the Central Maui skyline early next week.

On Tuesday, the crane will be taken down, disassembled and hauled away to its next job, said Wesley Lo, the hospital’s chief executive officer.

“The tower crane has done its job,” he said.

Now, with 70 percent of the hospital’s new $42 million north wing complete, the construction focus has shifted to the interior of the 75,000-square-foot, four-story building. ... New

Shortage of beds, nurses related

Claudine San Nicolas, Maui News, February 12, 2006 8:54 AM

Wailuku – While Maui Memorial Medical Center was holding patients in the Emergency Department over the past week because the hospital was running short of beds, the Hale Makua skilled nursing facility had 16 beds empty.

Since as many as 50 of the acute-care beds at Maui Memorial were occupied by long-term-care patients who might have been transferred to Hale Makua, the vacant beds would seem to be just what the doctor ordered.

But no.

A shortage of nurses is leaving Hale Makua’s beds unused. ... Shortage

Vote to pick union for nurses delayed

Kaiser hospital allegedly interfered with the process.
Stewart Yerton, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 31, 2006

A vote that could give a California nurses union a substantial foothold in Hawaii has been postponed following a federal labor agency's allegations that Kaiser Foundation Hospital illegally interfered with the union's ability to campaign.

An election to oust the Hawaii Nurses Association and replace it with the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association had been scheduled for the week of Feb. 6. ... Vote

Nurses schedule decertification vote

Pacific Business News (Honolulu), December 22, 2005

Kaiser nurses are set to vote in February on whether to replace their union with a California-based union as their collective bargaining representative. The decertification election is scheduled for Feb. 6-10:

Feb. 6 - Maui and the Big Island.
Feb. 7 - Oahu's Leeward and Windward clinics.
Feb. 8 - Honolulu clinics.
Feb. 9-10 - Moanalua Medical Center.

Nurses will have three choices. They can vote for their current representative, the Hawaii Nurses Association; for the California Nurses Association; or for no union representation. Kaiser nurse Michelle Paik, who started the petition drive to change unions, says the Hawaii Nurses Association has not met the needs of the Kaiser nurses. That union, which represents 783 Kaiser nurses, negotiated a new contract for the nurses just this month. Aggie Pigao Cadiz, executive director of the Hawaii Nurses Association, said an overwhelming majority voted to ratify the new contract, which gives nurses a 23 percent wage increase over three years. Pigao Cadiz said the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association "isn't painting a full picture for the nurses in Hawaii. Nurses need to be asking them to show them contracts they successfully negotiated and how long it took to take the contracts to be agreed upon," she said.

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Hawaii nurses ratify final contract

Associated Press, December 18, 2005

Honolulu - Nurses at Hawaii's largest hospitals have ratified a contract with raises ranging from 12 percent in one year to 23 percent over three years.

The raises will affect registered nurses at the state's Big Five hospitals. They include Kuakini Medical Center, The Queen's Medical Center, Kapiolani Medical Center, Saint Francis Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente. ... Hawaii

Kaiser nurses will get 23% raises

Honolulu Star Bulletin, December 16, 2005

Registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics have ratified a three-year contract that provides a 23 percent pay raise and language ensuring safe staffing levels. Approximately 500 of 780 eligible nurses voted in the two-day election, which concluded Wednesday; approximately 91 percent of them voted to accept the contract.

The vote came as some Kaiser nurses demonstrated this week to replace the Hawaii Nurses Association with the California Nurses Association as the Kaiser nurses' collective bargaining representative. ... Kaiser

Kaiser nurses seek to replace union

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 15, 2005

Saying the Hawaii Nurses Association has failed to protect the interest of nurses and patients, nurses at Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center and Kaiser clinics are attempting to remove the local nurses union as their collective-bargaining representative and replace it with a California-based union.

The majority of the approximately 800 Kaiser nurses represented by the Hawaii union have signed a petition requesting to replace the Hawaii nurses union with the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association, said Michelle Paik, a registered nurse at Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center. ... Kaiser

Kaiser Nurses Rally Wednesday to Join National Nurses Organizing Committee

Seek to Replace Hawai’i Nurses Association due to Corruption, Poor Representation.
California Nurses Association, December 13, 2005

Registered Nurses at Kaiser Moanalua Hospital and 17 clinics will rally this Wednesday, December 14 to build support for their bid to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC)/California Nurses Association (CNA), the national union which represents 12,600 Kaiser RNs and recently won the nation’s first law guaranteeing a safe ratio of patients per nurse in California hospitals. ... Kaiser

Kaiser nurses vote this week

Howard Dicus, Pacific Business News (Honolulu), December 12, 2005

Nearly 1,000 nurses vote this week on a new contract with Kaiser Hawaii that holds 23 percent raises over three years.

Nurses settled Friday after Kaiser agreed to stronger language on staff levels. There is a national nursing shortage and it has led to nurses being assigned such extensive overtime, including double shifts, that some have burned out and left the profession, worsening the shortage. ... Kaiser

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