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Jerry Roberts Answers Wendy McCaw /NRLB Hearing In August

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Jerry Roberts the former Santa Barbara News-Press editor, responds to publisher Wendy McCaw, in a web-only Blowback piece at the LA Times.

Last week, she had a piece in the same section, but she didn’t mention that she’s suing Roberts in a contract dispute for $25 million. The kiddie porn charge was too salacious important.

And in related news, the National Labor Relations Board’s general consul is prosecuting the News-Press on a number of charges, listed below. The hearing is set for August 14.

The NRLB says that the News-Press violated the National Labor Relations Act by:


Canceling a column by pro-union writer Starshine Roshell last August

Issuing two-day suspensions later in August against employees Al Bonowitz, Melissa Evans, Kim Favors, Dawn Hobbs, Karna Hughes, George Hutti, Rob Kuznia, Barney McManigal, Lara Milton, Tom Schultz and Mike Traphagen for attempting to deliver a letter to owner and co-publisher Wendy McCaw.

Firing senior writer Melinda Burns in October, beginning a series of firings. Reporter Anna Davison was fired in January, and Hobbs, Kuznia, McManigal, Evans, Schultz and popular longtime sports writer John Zant were fired in February for hanging a freeway banner urging people to cancel the paper, which the union called “protected” activity. Robert Guiliano, an editor, was fired for allegedly refusing to issue a written reprimand to Davison.

Denying bonuses in December to Davison, Evans, Hobbs and Hughes for anti-union reasons.

Ordering employees not to wear “McCaw, Obey the Law” buttons or display similar signs on their vehicles parked in a News-Press lot.

Interrogating employees about union activities, and engaging in surveillance at rallies.

Allowing its general counsel, David Millstein, to intrude on a union meeting.

(photo from Craig Calkins / Daily Nexus)

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