December 23, 2009 – Hilo, Hawaii
VIDEO by David Corrigan
Weeks after reportedly being told their collective bargaining agreement would not be extended, and just days before Christmas, Hawaii Newspaper Guild members working at Hilo’s newspaper of record formed an “informational picket line” outside their place of employment.
A number of Hawaii Tribune-Herald employees waved signs and handed out flyers to passing motorists on Kinoole Street on Monday. The Hawaii Newspaper Guild, Local 39117, said the current extension to the bargaining contract that expired in 2002 would be canceled as of December 22.
“Merry Christmas, the company says, as it gives a lump of coal to its own workers, many of whom have had their wages frozen for the last eight years,” said Wayne Cahill, Administrative Officer for the Hawaii Newspaper Guild, in a written release. “Ongoing negotiations have borne little fruit due to the company’s strategy of dragging out talks until one side gives in. This will not work.”
Cahill also spoke on camera during Monday’s picket.
Big Island Video News has reached out to the newspaper’s management, and hopes to have a statement on the matter at some point in the future.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald is owned by the Stephens Media Group, which also owns the Big Island’s Kona side newspaper, West Hawaii Today, as well as the Big Island Weekly.