Business Briefs

Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Tuesday, May 4, 1999

St. Francis sets up dialysis center

St. Francis Medical Center has teamed with a Massachusetts business, Fresenius Medical Care North America, to set up a renal dialysis center to open at St. Francis in September.

The center, where kidney disease patients will have their blood treated by machines that do what kidneys normally do, will treat Kaiser Permanente-Hawaii patients as well as those from St. Francis. St. Francis is the managing partner in the venture. The companies said there are about 185 patients in the Honolulu area who require dialysis.

Laundry employees vote out union

The union that called workers of Young Laundry & Drycleaning out on strike two months ago has lost the right to represent the laundry workers. Employees voted 117 to 61 to reject Hawaii Teamsters Union Local 996 as their representative, in an election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board. Michael Drace, owner and president of Young Laundry, said workers continued to do their job despite "harassment and interference by the union."

The NLRB announcement followed a recount from a March 5 ballot in which the union challenges 103 ballots as unvalid. The union said the vote was 54 to 24 in its favor. But the NLRB ruled that but many of the challenge votes were valid and against the union. The union said the negative votes were mostly from workers hired as replacements.

City Bank's parent chooses chairman

Lionel K. Tokioka, a longtime executive of International Savings & Loan Association, today became chairman of the board of its parent company, CB Bancshares Inc., and of its City Bank subsidiary.

He replaced James H. Kamo, 78, who retired as chairman and director but remains corporate secretary. Tokioka, 64, joined International Savings as an assistant secretary in 1960 and rose to chief executive in 1986, remaining in that position until CB Bancshares acquired International in 1994. He has been chairman of International since 1997.

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