The Maui News announced on Wednesday that it is reducing the number of days of publication to six per week.
The workers in the Pacific Media Workers Guild at The Maui News, and their co-workers in Honolulu Typographical Union Local 37, say they are disappointed by the company’s decision.
“While understanding that our industry is facing financial challenges, we are not convinced that reducing the number of days of publication is the answer for The Maui News as an institution, or that it will allow us to best serve our readers.” the union said via press release.
“Even if a six-day-per-week solution is an inevitable company decision, we are unconvinced that going to the “Weekender” edition as proposed is the best way to execute such a plan.
We hope the company will cut no deeper. We are eager to provide ideas on ways to increase revenue instead. Our experience living and working in Maui County means our input should be given due consideration by our employer.”
The Maui News ran a story today with the announcement stating, “Saturday, July 6, marks a new chapter for The Maui News as readers will experience a brand-new edition called The Weekender.
The Weekender will build on that commitment. The new edition will include all of your favorites — full-color comics, the Channel Surfer and sports coverage. The Pau Hana and Community sections will be found in The Weekender — our large weekend classified advertising listings also will be included. The best things from our Saturday and Sunday editions will be combined in The Weekender as the newspaper switches to six-day delivery.”