protest meeting snub
Members of the Hawaii Nurses Association protested yesterday morning upon being excluded from that organization's annual meeting at the Blaisdell Center.
A long-standing dispute between the HNA and the local nurses' bargaining unit over the management of union dues boiled over last month into a lawsuit.
The collective bargaining unit, which filed the suit, charges that interference by the HNA board of directors in the fiscal and decision making autonomy of the union is a violation of federal labor law.
It also challenges HNA's assertion that the union is a subordinate entity, thereby entitling HNA to manage the union's money.
The HNA asserts the bargaining unit is not an autonomous organization.
The court has appointed a special master to collect dues and handle the organizations' bills until the case is resolved.
The nurses' bargaining unit had its annual meeting later in the day.