Tiffany Edwards, reporting in her Big Island Chronicle web site, says that effective Monday, two Hawaii Tribune-Herald reporters who were fired for their union activities will return to their jobs at the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.
Hunter Bishop has most recently been the Deputy Director of Environmental Management for the County of Hawaii. Edwards says Bishop confirmed the news with her by phone. Bishop has been on vacation recently.
The Hawaii Tribune Herald will also hire back Dave Smith. Both were fired around six years ago by the Tribune-Herald because of union activity, and the reinstatement is a result of a ruling by the Federal Court of Appeals in Washington, D. C.
Smith has been doing free lance reporting and recently went to work for Pacific Radio Group’s Big Island Now, an online news web site. After leaving the Tribune-Herald, Bishop did some union work, wrote a blog, and then was hired by Mayor Billy Kenoi as one of his Executive Assistants (along with two other former reporters—Kevin Dayton, who has now returned to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and Bobby Command, formerly with West Hawaii Today and still one of the Mayor’s Executive Assistants).
Read Tiffany Edwards’ whole story at http://www.bigislandchronicle.com.