Healthcare Heroes to Healthcare Zeroes: Overworked and Undervalued

    This piece was written by Local 5 member Fred Dagdag from Kaiser Permanente Maui Lani. Do you want to write for Local 5? Let us know! It’s only been a year and a half, yet it feels like eternity since COVID-19 disrupted our lives in Hawaii. I remember not knowing how dangerous this […]

Closing Banquets Doesn’t Make Cents

  This opinion piece was written by Ala Moana Hotel worker, Gina Alcos. If you want to write for Local 5, contact us!  My first hotel job was at Princess Kaiulani Hotel. I was 20 years old, and I had never had a job that provided free meals, free uniforms, free medical and even a […]

Where We Stand – Local 5 Financial Secretary-Treasurer Eric Gill Letter to Kaiser Members

  For over a year, Local 5 and our union allies have been trying to talk Kaiser out of attacking Kaiser workers.  We conducted dozens of meetings and presented volumes of research and information proving that Kaiser is just plain wrong that workers are overpaid. We’ve used all the bargaining and partnership tactics available. Nothing […]

Where is the recriprocity?

This piece was written by Local 5 member Kori Kim from Kaiser Permanente. Do you want to write for Local 5, contact us! March 2020, Hawaii became a victim of COVID-19. Some people adapted to staying home, others transitioned to working from home, distance learning became the new normal, and parents became moderators. By early […]

Come Back Stronger

Despite the pandemic, we remain strong and united.

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

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 […]

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 […]

Local 5 stands in solidarity with HSTA

Local 5 stands in solidarity with HSTA fighting for safer schools for our keiki. Hundreds of Leeward Oahu educators conducted socially distanced information picketing Tuesday afternoon to raise concerns about a lack of consistent safety protocols. We joined their picket and will continue to stand with them.