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Santa Barbara News-Press Found Guilty of Multiple Labor Violations

The Santa Barbara News-Press, owned by Wendy McCaw, has become notorious for their poor treatment of journalists and lawsuit-happy ways. We’ll probably get sued just for blogging about it, but the news is too good to ignore.

Today the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the News-Press was guilty of multiple unfair labor practices. See, back in 2006 and 2007, management got a little thuggish during the newsroom’s union organizing campaign. Threats were made, jobs were lost. But today the paper was called to the carpet for their union-busting ways. They’ve been found guilty of illegally firing eight reporters for union activity, and were ordered to reinstate said reporters and issue them back pay.

The Santa Barbara Independent further details the News-Press crimes:

The News-Press violated federal labor law by threatening employees with discipline for engaging in protected union activity by discharging newsroom employee Bob Guilliano for refusing to commit an unfair labor practice; by engaging in surveillance of employees’ protected union activity; issuing letters of suspension for engaging in union activity; canceling Starshine Roshell’s column for discriminatory reasons; and giving lower evaluations to employees because of their support for the union.

The company plans to appeal the decision. The full decision from the NLRB can be downloaded here.

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SB News-Press Editorial Page Editor is Gone

citizenmccaw.jpgTravis Armstrong editorial page editor at Santa Barbara News-Press, owner Wendy McCaw lackey, has been fired.

Barney Brantingham at the Santa Barbara Independent sums up the decline:

Since then about 100 people have quit or been fired for union activity-illegally fired, according to a judge’s decision. McCaw has spent millions battling the newsroom unionization brought on by her own behavior that fateful summer of discontent. Reporters and others felt they needed a union to help protect them against what they considered a tyrannical, capricious owner. The paper is now a hollow husk of what it was then, not only an instrument of McCaw’s libertarian-style ideology but a vehicle of vengeance against anyone on whom she fixes an angry eye.

Find the whole piece here.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Citizen McCaw Screened Despite Cease and Desist

  • ‘Citizen McCaw’ To Hit Public Television This Weekend

  • Wendy McCaw(ful) Destroys Yet Another Publication

  • Wendy McCaw(ful) is the Ted Haggard of the Newspaper Biz

  • NLRB Files More Complaints Against Wendy McCaw(ful)