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Kaiser employees take their grievances to street

First photo: Members of the Unite Here Local 5 union, which represents some Kaiser employees, protest the upcoming cuts to gastrointestinal and ambulatory surgery services at Kaiser Permanente’s Wailuku Medical Clinic, which would eliminate nearly 30 positions. Union members held a sign-waving and car caravan event Monday afternoon to raise awareness of Kaiser’s plans. There were 75 sign wavers and 50 to 60 cars joining the rally, said Michele Baousch, a Kaiser nurse.

Second photo: Mary Bulawan said she’s worried about her job as a registered nurse in Kaiser’s ambulatory surgical care unit. “But I’m mostly worried about the care that the patients are going to get, because they will be forced to go and have their procedures done at the hospital,” she said. “My biggest concern is that there’ll be a delay of care for them because we’re not sure . . . how they’re planning on adjusting to the amount of patients that we take care of in addition to what they already have.” Bulawan is a member of the Hawaii Nurses and Healthcare Professionals Union.

The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photos

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