Kauai News

Kaiser Permanente, Union Strike Deal to Stave Off Pending Healthcare Strike

Posted November 15, 2021, 7:07 AM HST

It turns out that Hawai´i healthcare workers won’t be striking against Kaiser Permanente later this month.

The Unite Here Local 5 union in Hawai´i canceled its planned strike against the national medical provider following the announcement of a new four-year agreement on Saturday, according to a report from Hawai´i News Now on Sunday.

The strike, which had been scheduled to begin on Nov. 22, 2021, would have included close to 2,000 healthcare workers across 20 Kaiser outlets in Hawai´i.

The tentative agreement with Kaiser is not yet set in stone, as it still needs to be ratified via a vote from union membership. That will not happen for several weeks, but interruptions to medical treatment a cross the Hawaiian Islands has been avoided, at least for now.