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January 2023 brought new lower co-pays for our HNHP members. HNHP continues to negotiate the best benefits and represent you! In order to continue to show unity and strength as a UNION, WE need all of our members to be actively engaged. Our next staffing action will be held across the Honolulu Clinic on March 2, from 12-1 pm. Please be there to support the fight to fix the staffing crisis!
The KP Hawaii Market was unable to meet the financial gate set by the employer and despite being able to "lose" less $$ than previously budgeted for, the margin was still in the negative. The Hawaii Market is the only service area with the requirement of not only to meet the financial gate but also to have a positive margin before the full PSP payout will be given.
As a result of these stricter requirements (which is still being disputed) on our members, HNHP and other Alliance of Health Care Unions in Hawaii were still able to receive the minimum payout of $200 per target goal achieved for 2022 based on the National Agreement language that HNHP members receive based on our Transition Letter of Agreement. This amount equals to $800 for HNHP members.
These payments are less than our members deserve for their hard work and fall short of what is needed to address the staffing crisis. Yet at a time when KP is reporting its worst financial results in over 20 years, these payments are a sign of the strength of the Alliance, our national agreement, and our partnership.
In addition, a $500 Retention Bonus, a direct result of Alliance members mobilizing and speaking out- in the workplace and publicly-about the staffing crisis is what HNHP and other Alliance unions have been calling on KP to do more to retain employees during this staffing shortfall.
Hal Ruddick, Alliance Executive Director, stated, "KP is facing financial shortfalls. Some of these are a result of COVID, but some of them are a direct result of the staffing crisis. As long as we rely on short-term solutions, KP will be paying exorbitant traveler rates and overtime costs, and members will work in unacceptable conditions. We have to work together for a real solution.
Today's workplace is in crisis, and we need a comprehensive, long-term solution including wage adjustments, training programs, and addressing conditions that cause people to quit. While a one-time bonus is a positive step, we know the cure is going to require much more, and we won't rest until we achieve a full solution for our patients and union members."