NLRB orders Santa Barbara News-Press to rehire reporters

August 12, 2011

The National Labor Relations Board ordered Wendy McCaw’s Santa Barbara New-Press to rehire eight reporters who were illegally fired for union activities. [Santa Barbara Independent]

The NLRB, in its 55-page decision released Thursday, gave the publication 14 days to comply with the order and affirms the 2007 decision by Judge William Kocol to rehire the employees and pay back wages.

Owner McCaw contends she was within her rights to fire the reporters for their organizing activities, despite the judge’s and labor board’s rulings to the contrary. She plans to appeal the decision.

The paper released a statement: “This is just another decision of the current National Labor Relations Board in its assaults on businesses in the United States of America. In every instance so far, when Santa Barbara News-Press has been in the federal court system, it has prevailed over the National Labor Relations Board and the Teamsters Union. Santa Barbara News-Press fully expects to prevail again.”

The reporters include: John Zant, Melinda Burns, Anna Davison, Tom Schultz, Melissa Evans, Rob Kuznia, Barney McManigal, and Dawn Hobbs.

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Fire folks ‘for cause’… NOT because they want to join, support or organize for a private union!

I applaud the decision of the Labor Relations Board! They did a GOOD THING!

Our Founder who wrote the Declaration:

“Those seeking profits,” Jefferson wrote, “were they given total freedom, would not be the ones to trust to keep government pure and our rights secure. Indeed, it has always been those seeking wealth who were the source of corruption in government. No other depositories of power have ever yet been found, which did not end in converting to their own profit the earnings of those committed to their charge.”

He added: “I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom…. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude….[Otherwise], as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four,… and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes; have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow sufferers.”