Hunter Bishop Speaks Up: NLRB finds Hawaii Tribune-Herald Violated Federal Law

I just received the following from Hunter Bishop:

I want to make sure that those that I know have covered our case against the Tribune-Herald in the past received this release that is being distributed today.


The Hawaii Tribune-Herald illegally attempted to suppress union activity in Hilo , the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Monday, February 14.

In issuing its ruling, the four-member board upheld the findings of an administrative law judge, John J. McCarrick, who ruled on March 6, 2008, that the newspaper company had violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act. The newspaper appealed that decision

The sweeping judgment against the Hawaii Tribune-Herald affirmed the judge’s ruling that the company unlawfully:

** Interrogated employees about union activity

** Disparately and discriminatorily enforced a security access policy against the union

** Discriminatorily prohibited employees from wearing buttons and armbands in support of discharged or suspended employees

** Promulgated and maintained a rule prohibiting employees from making secret audio recordings of conversations in response to protected activity

** Issued a written warning to employee Koren Nako

** Suspended employees Hunter Bishop, Peter Sur and David Smith

** Discharged Hunter Bishop and Dave Smith

** Refused to provide in a timely manner to the Union information necessary and relevant to its duties as a collective bargaining representative of employees.

“It is about time that the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and its parent Stephens Media end its policy of terrorism against its employees,” said Wayne Cahill, the recently retired administrative officer for the Hawaii Newspaper Guild. “This newspaper company needs to buck up and rescind its illegal policies, rescind the illegal discipline, hire back Hunter Bishop and Dave Smith, and pay them the back pay and benefits they are due.”

A detailed account of the company’s illegal activities may be found in the ruling, beginning with Judge McCarrick’s findings. The pattern of egregious abuses reached its peak during efforts by the Hawaii Tribune-Herald to punish the Hawaii Newspaper Guild, Local 39117, during the eight-year-long negotiations for a new contract.

The NLRB has ordered the Hawaii Tribune-Herald to cease and desist from the above activities, to offer Smith and Bishop immediate and full reinstatement to their former positions, to make Bishop, Smith and Sur whole for any loss of earnings and other benefits suffered because of their suspensions and discharges. Back pay will be computed quarterly from the day of their suspension to the date of a proper offer of reinstatement, minus any interim earnings, with compound interest. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald must also remove from its files any reference to the unlawful disciplinary actions.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald is owned by Stephens Media. Members of the Hawaii Newspaper Guild and the California Media Workers recently approved a merger to form the Pacific Media Workers Guild.

The full text of 356 NLRB No. 63 may be found here:

“This newspaper, like all newspapers, exists to serve Hilo with accurate reporting of the news,” Cahill said. “Newspapers set examples and help form opinions. They have a higher calling than most businesses. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald has been found guilty. It’s time to right the wrong.”

NTIA Launches National Broadband Map

Media Release:

Today Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) launched the first-ever public, searchable nationwide map of broadband access.

The National Broadband Map is an unprecedented project created by NTIA, in collaboration with the FCC, and in partnership with each state, territory and the District of Columbia. The map was created at the direction of Congress, which recognized that economic opportunities are driven by access to 21st century infrastructure.

With funding from NTIA’s State Broadband Data & Development Program, state partners have gathered and worked to validate broadband data from thousands of providers across the country. Together, a dataset and website were developd that includes more than 25 million searchable records displaying where broadband Internet service is available, the technology used to provide the service, the maximum advertised speeds of the service, and the names of the broadband providers. Whether you are a consumer seeking more information on the broadband options available to you, a researcher or policymaker working to spur greater broadband deployment, a local official aiming to attract investment in your community, or an application developer with innovative ideas, the National Broadband Map can help.  And if you don’t find the answer you’re looking for on the map itself, you can download the entire dataset.  NTIA press release Broadband map

While the launch of this map is a huge accomplishment, today is just the beginning. Our partners in the states are working to expand and update this important dataset, and we will update the map with new data every six months. In the meantime, you can help. Each time you search the map, you have the opportunity to tell us about the data you’re seeing. This crowdsourced feedback will be an important tool to improve and refine the data.

We invite you to explore the many features and functionalities the National Broadband Map offers at To start, search for broadband by address. Or go straight to our analysis tools and compare one area to others, and make sure you spend some time with our maps.  Want more? Download the dataset, use our APIs and please tell us how you’re using the data.

We expect the map will be a valuable tool as we work to bridge the technological divide, expand economic opportunities, and leverage the power of broadband to address many of the nation’s most pressing challenges.  We hope you will make full use of its capabilities and let us know what you think and how we can improve. BroadbandUSA

3.0 Earthquake Shakes Puna District

Magnitude 3.0
Location 19.352°N, 155.335°W
Depth 33.2 km (20.6 miles)
  • 15 km (9 miles) SW (224°) from Volcano, HI
  • 22 km (14 miles) NE (43°) from Pahala, HI
  • 25 km (16 miles) WSW (238°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 47 km (29 miles) SW (214°) from Hilo, HI
  • 339 km (211 miles) SE (130°) from Honolulu, HI

Skywalk Hawaii Opening Soon!

A new thrill will be opening up in Waikiki called Skywalk Hawaii!

This youtube clip that was just uploaded states the following:

An ultimate adrenaline adventure has come all the way from the swiss alps to discover the Pacific Islands of Hawaii. Get ready to explore this outstanding, breath taking, unique and unforgetable adventure!

From the looks of it… It looks like it’s going to be a walk between the two towers of the Hyatt hotel  in Waikiki.


They have a website set up for the Skywalk however it just states that it’s coming soon.