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Hawaiian nurses settle, avert strike.

Hawaiian nurses settle, avert strike

A scheduled strike by nearly 1,800 registered nurses was averted when the Hawaii Nurses Association and five Honolulu hospitals agreed on 3-year contracts. The reported 19-percent increase in compensation included wage increases of 85 cents an hour in the first year and 50 cents each in the second and third years. A union official said that the prior average wage rate was $12.425. The "charge nurse" differential was increased to 60 cents an hour, from 40, and the night shift differential was increased to 85 cents an hour, from 75.

Benefit changes included pension improvements, bringing the monthly benefit to $550 for nurses retiring after 30 years' service; an increase in the hospitals' financing of medical and dental insurance that apparently obviates the need for employee contributions during the contract term; a tuition reimbursement plan, financed by annual employer payments of $15,000 ($25,000 at Queen's Medical Center); increased educational leave; and a requirement that nurses working two weekends in a row be paid time and one-half for the second weekend.

The parties also agreed to include some 150 "flying nurses" in the bargaining unit. These nurses fly in from the U.S. mainland for temporary assignments to ease a shortage in Hawaii.

In addition to Queens, the hospitals covered by the settlement were St. Francis Hospital, Kapiolani Women's and Children's Medical Center, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, and Kuakini Medical Center.
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Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Mar 1, 1987
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