‘Stressed out’ Kaiser healthcare workers say they’re pushed to the brink and need relief

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Maui healthcare staff who’re in the midst of negotiations with Kaiser Permanente declare they’re overworked and underpaid.

After a yr and a half into the pandemic, staff mentioned they’re burnt out and lots of of them say they’ll’t take it anymore.

Dozens of healthcare staff demonstrated outdoors of Kaiser Permanente in Wailuku, calling on the healthcare supplier to rent extra staff and for a rise in pay.

This comes because the contract between their union and Kaiser Permanente is about to run out subsequent week.

Union members mentioned after months of negotiations, Kaiser has ignored main staffing points.

The union has proposed to pay all new hires decrease wages and to pay present staff a 1% annual elevate for the following three years.

Staff who’ve been there for many years mentioned they’re exhausted and really feel unappreciated.

“I attempt to not cry,” mentioned Diana Mei Ibera, a licensed sensible nurse on the Kaiser Wailuku Clinic. “After work I’m very wired, and I simply keep in my automotive and take a breather and inform myself I’m right here for the sufferers. I even have household to maintain, and I must go residence with a smile.”

Some are even contemplating leaving their jobs.

“There are occasions the place I really feel like I’m prepared to depart. I’m able to do one thing else. It’s come to that time, that perhaps nursing will not be the factor for me anymore,” mentioned Frederick Dagdag, a licensed sensible nurse on the Kaiser Maui Lani Clinic.

In a press release, Kaiser mentioned continued dialogue on the bargaining desk is one of the simplest ways to resolve points and variations. The corporate added that it’s dedicated to offering market main pay and advantages.

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