Oahu Publications Inc (OPI)/Black Press has gutted the newsroom at the Star-Advertiser, cutting a quarter of the staff. Now publisher Dennis Francis of OPI, owned by Canada-based Black Press Ltd., is insisting on slashing wages and benefits for the remaining journalists.
Executives publicly brag about the company’s success while they quietly deliver layoff notices to the newsroom and refuse to provide any details behind the drastic cuts. Meanwhile, owner David Black is looking for funding for his proposed massive, multi-billion-dollar tar sands oil refinery in British Columbia and boasts it will be a great way to create jobs there.
TELL STAR-ADVERTISER owner David Black and
Publisher Dennis Francis:
Hawaii needs the type of award-winning journalism produced by Star-Advertiser employees. It’s time to invest in our newspaper, not pillage it.