NLRB orders Santa Barbara News-Press to rehire reporters
August 12, 2011
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.