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Hawaii union set spending record on political campaign that didn’t work
Politics

Hawaii union set spending record on political campaign that didn’t work

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - New primary election spending reports show the Carpenter’s Union PAC broke all records trying to keep Sylvia Luke from the lieutenant governor’s office, including ads many called a smear.And now that Luke is on the Democratic ticket with gubernatorial candidate Josh Green, she’s making it clear she wants nothing to do with the Super PAC.“I will adamantly denounced it, even if it’s a supportive ad and I will call them on it too,” Luke said.“Really, their leadership, resorted to a smear campaign to try to basically buy an office.”State Campaign Spending Commission numbers show that Be Change Now spent $1.2 million opposing Luke.They also say that the union PAC spent $2.9 million to support her opponent, former City Councilmember Ikaika Anderson.In all, Be Change...
Kaiser Mental Health Workers to Hit Picket Line Second Time This Year
Health

Kaiser Mental Health Workers to Hit Picket Line Second Time This Year

Mental health therapists at Kaiser Permanente clinics across the state will begin an open-ended strike starting next week. According to a press release from the National Union of Healthcare Workers, NUHW, understaffing has forced patients to wait months for therapy sessions. Mental health clinicians hope a strike will prompt the health care provider to address the access-to-care issues. This is the second strike in Hawai‘i this year where clinicians left their offices and took to the picket line. “Clinicians will strike for as long as it takes to make Kaiser address an understaffing crisis that leaves patients waiting months for therapy sessions,” stated Matthew Artz with the National Union of Healthcare Workers. The strikes outside Kaiser facilities will begin at 6 a.m. on Monday, ...