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UPW Strike Community Update

Community news | Friday, March 3, 2023

Wailuku, Maui, HI (March 3, 2023) – United Public Workers (UPW) union members continue their strike at Maui Health locations: Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC) and Outpatient Clinic, Kula Hospital, and Lānaʻi Community Hospital.

The current picketing location at Maui Memorial Medical Center is the driveway entrance to the main lobby parking lot from 221 Mahalani Street. In addition to this location, beginning Sunday, March 5, the union intends to begin picketing at the driveway entrance to the MMMC emergency department parking lot from 221 Mahalani Street, as well as the driveway entrance to the education building/administration parking lot from 221 Mahalani Street.

Because the driveway entrance to the MMMC emergency department parking lot is the primary access point for community members in need of emergent care, we have contacted UPW leadership in an effort to ensure any community members experiencing a medical emergency can still access emergent care without interference.

In preparation, we have also alerted Maui Police Department leadership and will have hospital security available to facilitate identification of individuals seeking to access emergency care, and to facilitate appropriate communication with picketers and minimize delays.

Please do not let strike activity deter you from accessing emergency care, or from visiting a loved one in the hospital. If you are experiencing any delays in accessing the hospital, please make that known to Maui Health Security who will be on-site at the entrance to facilitate communication with picketers and/or Maui Police Department personnel when it is necessary for emergent medical access.

Maui Health will return to the table with UPW on Monday March 6 with subsequent dates scheduled if necessary.

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