Advertiser Workers Rally about Company's Latest Contract Offer

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- They didn't stop the presses of the Honolulu Advertiser.

But, upset employees still made a very visible statement on the sidewalk outside of the state's largest newspaper. This is not your typical lunch break activity.

"What happens when you pick up a newspaper?"

But instead of eating, over a hundred employees of the Honolulu Advertiser, rallied together to demonstrate just how much they dislike the company's latest contract offer.

"Our people are really tired of being told this company is broke and not making much," said Wayne Cahill with the Hawaii Newspaper Guild.

An offer, employees feel would end up costing them.

The proposal for the 1% increase along with the changes in medical benefits would result in a $150 loss," said Advertiser Editor Esme Infante Nii.

The company counters that __________________ would benefit the 600 employees covered by the contract.

While there was a very visible show of solidarity here on Kapiolani Boulevard, you may also notice another change in today's paper because of this dispute.

Many reporters have removed their bylines, leaving out their names to leave an impression of who is involved in this financial fight.

A fight that could get even worse in the coming weeks.

"We've set in motion preparations for a strike if that becomes necessary."

The union members were given 30 days to respond to the company's offer, but employees say they're not going to accept the proposal.

So how soon could a strike happen? If negotiations have come to end, the unions have to give the company 30 days notice before they hit the picket lines