Maui News Votes To Delay Raises, Defer Layoffs

News from Hawaii: The Maui News guild voted 31-14 to approve a measure that delays a “snapback”—a 3 percent raise that was due to come into force in July—in exchange for a no-layoff guarantee until April 1, 2012.

The agreement defers a 2 percent wage restoration and a 1 percent retirement match until July 1, 2012.

The company said a few months ago that it needed to reduce newsroom and/or pressmen staff by 10, and offered buyouts. But as of mid-April, only three employees had signed up for the buyout; the company planned to lay off another 7.