Business / In Brief • July 11, 2013

Honolulu bus drivers sign 5-year contract

HONOLULU – Bus drivers in Honolulu have agreed to a five-year labor contract with Oahu Transit Services Inc.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that drivers, clerical staff and maintenance workers in Teamsters Local 996 ratified the contract Tuesday with the company that operates TheBus.

Union secretary-treasurer Millie Downey says the member vote was overwhelming in favor of the contract.

The deal was reached June 30, the day the previous five-year deal expired.

The contract calls for a 16-month wage freeze and then a 6.4 percent pay increase during the five years of the contract.


Accountant pleads guilty to false returns

HONOLULU – A Honolulu tax accountant is pleading guilty to assisting in the filing of a false income tax return to the Internal Revenue Service.

Merla Balubar on Tuesday also pleaded guilty to willfully filing a false joint IRS tax return form.

U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni says Balubar faces up to three years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for each count when she’s sentenced in November.