Local 5 calls for 1-day work stoppage at Kaiser Pensacola

Union: Patients with appointments on Thursday should not cancel them

Published  5:04 PM HST Apr 03, 2013
HONOLULU -

Union members were protesting Thursday morning against Kaiser Permanente after Local 5 called for a one-day work stoppage.

They're upset about the recent downsizing at the Urgent Care Clinic on Pensacola Street.

The union says patients with appointments at the clinic should not cancel them.

Kaiser Permanente released the following statement:

All Kaiser Permanente Hawaii care facilities, including Moanalua Hospital are open today. We’ve taken steps to ensure that our members and patients will continue to receive uninterrupted high-quality care because as always, our first priority is their safety and health.

Kaiser Permanente is negotiating in good faith with Local 5 and we believe the best way to reach agreement on a new contract is to bargain at the table. We respect and value our talented and caring employees and look forward to reaching a new contract agreement.

Kaiser says it has been making changes to our care delivery model to improve patient care and service.  Since urgent care closed, more than 25 primary care physicians have been taking care of the 3-to-6 walk-in patients daily.

Kaiser also says the majority of the demonstrators were non-Kaiser employees that were brought to the Pensacola clinic by bus from Waikiki hotels.

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