If you have not already done so, we need your help on two State budget items threatening the jobs of UPW members at Wahiawa General Hospital (WGH) and Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF) (CLICK HERE to HELP!). If you have already put your name on this petition for support, we want to thank you and continue you to encourage members of your family and friends to also support us in our position on these budget line items.
The conference committee is assembling and could be hearing the above to issues within the next few days! We are waiting on Senate Conferees to be appointed, at which time a meeting can be scheduled. The House Conferees are as follows: Chair Sylvia Luke; and Representatives Romy Cachola, Issac Choy, Ty Cullen, Lynn DeCoite, Cedric Gates, Daniel Holt, Jarrett Keohokalole, Bert Kobayashi, Matt LoPresti, Nicole Lowen, Nadine Nakamura, Sean Quinlan, James Tokioka, Kyle Yamashita, Andria Tupola, and Gene Ward.
It is more urgent than ever that we get the word out and let them know WGH and HYCF are important to us (CLICK HERE to HELP!).
WGH is asking for additional funding for operations and capital improvements in the amount of $5.9 million for operations over the next two years and $1.4 million for capital improvement. In addition to keeping members employed, these funds are needed to ensure access to EMERGENCY CARE for an estimated 150,000 residents on the North Shore (CLICK HERE to HELP!).
A second budget item, having to do with HYCF, proposes the conversion of 20 Youth Correctional Positions (YCO) positions to Social Worker Positions and the abolishment of another 7 YCO positions, 25 of which are currently occupied by UPW members (CLICK HERE to HELP!).
In closing, I want to once again recognize Sister Leonae Rodrigues who has been working so diligently on this measure. She spent two late evenings at our UPW Headquarters helping to get the word out by calling and emailing members.
By CLICKING HERE, you will have the opportunity to be heard before members of the Conference Committee set to work on a final budget. Thanks again for supporting us on both the above issues!
Dayton M. Nakanelua
UPW State Director