Friday, August 12, 2011

What labor relations chief Behan is now studying

From a Los Angeles Times story today on a subject of special interest to Corporate's chief union watcher, William Behan:

Five years after Santa Barbara News-Press owner Wendy McCaw was accused of improperly meddling in the newspaper's coverage and firing employees after they began to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of the journalists, saying they were the victims of an "extensive campaign of retaliatory conduct" by the publisher.

According to the board's 55-page decision yesterday, McCaw committed a number of violations, including threatening and repeatedly interrogating union supporters, and giving low performance evaluations to four people engaging in union activity. Eight people were also fired from the paper for engaging in union activity.

Earlier: After Honolulu, Gannett union membership falls to 12%.

Related: follow the NLRB on Twitter.

[Photo: Santa Barbara Independent]


  1. Sounds like a real live Dragon Lady!

  2. Heard this week they have hired three new lawyers, two employees and one a contractor, to deal with this and other issues. They are gearing up for sure.


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