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UPW Contract Ratification

Community news | Friday, April 14, 2023

Wailuku, Maui, HI (April 14, 2023) – Maui Health is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with the United Public Workers (UPW) union. The contract ratification brings the strike to an end, effective immediately.

On Tuesday, April 11, 2023, after a full day of discussions, the bargaining committees for Maui Health and United Public Workers (UPW) reached a tentative agreement. Voting to ratify the agreement took place over the last two days on Maui and Lanai and concluded late this afternoon.

UPW-represented employees will return to work at their respective Maui Health facilities as early as Sunday, April 16.

“Nothing makes us happier than to have our team back together and whole again,” said Kerry Watson, Maui Health Interim CEO. “We are sincerely grateful to both bargaining committees, our own team and the UPW team, for working countless hours over the last ten months to achieve a fair and equitable agreement for our employees.”

“There are really no words to express our gratitude for our team of employees and providers,” said Watson. “Despite the mountain of challenges they’ve faced through COVID and the past almost eight weeks of the strike, they worked tirelessly to ensure our patients receive safe, quality and compassionate care. Maui Health is truly a special place, and I am humbled and honored to work alongside this team.”

Maui Health extends its sincere appreciation to the communities of Maui and Lanai for their patience, and continued support of our health care workers throughout the challenging events of the past few years. We remain committed to our mission to provide exceptional health care to the people we serve with compassion, dignity and respect.

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