15 Honolulu Star-Advertiser employees receive layoff notices

Layoffs are coming to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Fifteen newsroom employees received layoff notices this week, which will be effective Oct. 17.

The paper is owned by Oahu Publications.

Workers were given a buyout option in August, but that offer was rescinded after the union representing the workers raised concerns about it.

“Obviously people care about being employed, having a paycheck, having health insurance and those kinds of things. But the people who work here, there’s also a dedication to their job. When you take those people out of the equation, that’s not good for the product,” said Brad Sherman, Pacific Media Workers Guild.

Sherman says the union’s goal is to “keep as many people employed with good jobs as we possibly can, and to have that in turn mean a terrific paper for Honolulu, for the island of Oahu, and for the state.

“We’ve demanded to have what we’re legally granted, which is effects bargaining. We already had contract negotiations scheduled for tomorrow and Thursday, so a portion of those days now are also going to be devoted to the layoff force,” he added. “We’re going to see what happens these next couple of days with the talks that we have.”

In August, eight Midweek workers were let go.

Oahu Publications has more than 550 employees. The company also owns the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, West Hawaii Today, and several magazines.

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