KAHULUI, MAUI – After nine months of trying to negotiate a new contract with Maui Health System, nearly 500 nurse aides, respiratory therapists, housekeepers, cooks, and other workers are set to participate in an informational rally on Wednesday, December 28, and Thursday, December 29, 2022. They have been working without a contract since June 30, 2022.
“It is unfortunate that it has had to come to this,” said Kalani Werner of the United Public Workers AFSCME, Local 646, AFL-CIO, which represents the workers. “These frontline health care workers deserve to be paid fair wages after working throughout the entire pandemic and now during a time of unprecedented demand. They have been generously giving their all to support the community without a contract, and there continues to be a lack of appreciation by the leadership team at Maui Health System. They have not provided any viable way for us to move forward.”
Contract negotiations began in March and are at an impasse. The biggest issue is below-average wage increases at a time of soaring inflation and workforce labor shortages.
Maui Health System, which includes Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, and Lanai Community Hospital, is managed by Kaiser Permanente.