HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Hawaii Newspaper Guild, the union which represents most of the employees at Hilo's Hawaii Tribune-Herald have signed a contract, the union announced Friday. The agreement has been nearly six years in the making and will cover employees for the next two years and give them their first pay increase since 2002.
During the negotiations an administrative law judge of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the newspaper had unfairly fired two reporters and ordered that the company reinstate them. The newspaper appealed this finding. A ruling on the appeal is still pending.
The union alleges that the newspaper was dragging its feet on reaching an agreement. A spokesperson for the union said that they believed the company decided to come to the table after employees threatened to launch a boycott against the paper.