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New Newsweek Owner Won’t Let Staffers Talk About Newsweek [Update]

IBT Media logo GApparently the first rule of IBT Media — the new owner of Newsweek — is you don’t talk about IBT Media. For that policy, the company has drawn the attention of The Newspaper Guild of New York. The Guild has formerly accused IBT Media of not allowing its journalists to discuss their working conditions or criticizing the company, which is a violation of the National Labor Relations Act.

“The law gives all employees the right to discuss their pay and other terms of employment with one another, even if it means being critical of their employers,” said the Guild’s president, Bill O’Meara, in a statement. “It’s especially disturbing that the owner of a news organization doesn’t seem to understand that.”

Yes, yes it is. The National Labor Relations Board will now investigate the Guild’s claims. If the NLRB considers the case worthwhile, it’ll file a complaint. If a settlement isn’t reached, there would be a hearing by an administrative law judge.

Update (8:09 pm):
IBT Media issued the following statement:

We are reviewing the complaint carefully.  It always has been our goal to create a positive working environment for all our employees. We value our relationship with our employees and will take action to ensure that they’re treated fairly.

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