Sunday, February 1, 2009

Advertiser deal cuts staff pay 10%

All employees of The Honolulu Advertiser, union and management, would take a 10 percent wage cut under a deal announced Friday.

For the highest paid members of the unions, the cuts will reduce their pay between $5,000 and $7,000 a year. The cuts would not reduce any worker’s pay below $11 an hour, according to the proposed deal.

The six unions of the Hawaii Newspaper and Printing Trades Council said that in agreeing to the wage cut for its members the Advertiser committed to opening its books to the unions twice a year to verify its financial condition and to confirm that non-union managers are also taking the pay cut.

Union members will vote on the contract Feb. 8. If approved, it would run until Dec. 31, 2010.

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