Kaiser Permanente workers will wear red until we win a great contract

Every Tuesday, we will wear our union colors, buttons, and stickers until our Kaiser Permanente workers win a great contract.

Take a selfie and tell us why you agree safe staffing is important. Use the hashtags #SafeStaffingSavesLives #BestJobsBestCare.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to view all of Wear Red Tuesday photos and more.

Kaiser Permanente Kona clinic workers were not getting compensated for overtime

From left to right: Lisa Pang, LPN (committee leader); Frank Manley, LPN (assistant shop steward/committee leader/stakeholder); and Mary Ondra, LPN.

Kaiser Permanente Kona clinic workers were not getting compensated for overtime for late lunches or skipped lunches.

The collective bargaining agreement (CBA) language is clear on this: “If [after notifying a manager] an employee is required to work more than six (6) hours after the start of the shift without being given an uninterrupted thirty (30 minute meal period, the employee shall be paid at the applicable overtime rate for all time worked after the sixth (6th) hour until such time as the employee is given an uninterrupted thirty (30 minute meal period.”

A manager admitted she was not compensating overtime even when notified of late lunches, and she was informing staff to waive their overtime if they leave early with no lunch.

The union setup a meeting with the manager and HR. All parties agreed that workers are entitled to overtime if they follow the notification procedure, regardless of when they end their shift.

Housekeepers demand daily room cleaning for Housekeeping Appreciation Week

It’s Housekeeping Appreciation Week! Local 5 housekeepers are celebrating by taking their breaks and calling on management to bring back daily room cleaning. Without daily room cleaning, fewer housekeepers are being called back to work. Thousands of jobs could be saved by reinstating daily room cleaning.

The few who are working are struggling with the workload and even skipping their breaks to finish their rooms. At some hotels, housekeepers placed band-aids on the parts of their body that they are feeling pain due to the increased difficulty of their jobs due to the elimination of daily room cleaning.

Modern Honolulu housekeepers delegate to bring back daily room cleaning

Modern Honolulu housekeeping leaders delegated the general manager yesterday to demand the return of daily housekeeping service and improvements on working conditions and scheduling. We will go back next week for answers! #UnionAdvantage