Hawaii’s largest daily newspaper agrees to deal with union on staff cuts

Hawaii’s largest daily newspaper agrees to deal with union on staff cuts
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser has agreed to a deal keeping 17 journalists. (Source: Hawaii News Now/file)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii’s largest daily newspaper, will lay off 12 newsroom employees and institute furloughs as part of a deal with the media workers union that would also preserve 17 jobs.

The Pacific Media Workers Guild proposed the deal last week. However, in return, the employees will be taking a six weeks off without pay between now and Feb. 28.

A total of 12 journalists have agreed to be laid off with severance pay.

They’re also deferring a 1% raise and giving up half their vacation days for the year.

The agreement keeps most of the workers who initially received layoff notices on June 11.

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