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Monday, August 14, 2006

News-Press Propaganda Fights Teamsters

EdHat News reported on an Agnes Huff and Puff press release this morning dated the tenth but which came across the wire this morning...you would think Jimmy Hoffa was alive and well with the "strong arm", "smokescreen" and "vendetta" adjectives sprinkled throughout. I like how the vast majority of their "employees is (sic) happy". I guess the lack of editors at the NP is done has taken a toll.

Please Note: Upon further reflection -- I think I'm wrong as "majority" would be the noun and the "majority is happy". Sounds a little wierd but is correct -- I guess I could use an editor too.

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Santa Barbara News-Press Refutes Union Propaganda

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 10, 2006--The management of The Santa Barbara News-Press issued the following statement:

After repeated strong-arm attempts to unionize the Santa Barbara News-Press without going through the NLRB process, union leaders today conceded defeat and filed a petition with the NLRB. These ugly tactics, known as a "corporate campaign," attempted to force the paper into accepting a union without an election. Tactics included personal attacks against management and the owner of the paper, encouraging the public to cancel subscriptions and advertising through the "yellow card" boycott, and continuing to spread lies and misrepresentations about working conditions at the paper.

"As I've stated before, union representation would not be in the best interests of our employees, the paper or this community, but I respect our employees' rights to make their own decisions," said Wendy McCaw, Santa Barbara News-Press owner and co-publisher. "The filing of a petition is simply the initiation of the NLRB process and we will cooperate fully with them," she added.

The employees who resigned have been replaced and won't be a part of this process. Some of those who resigned were under investigation for employee misconduct.

We reject the charges about a breach of journalistic integrity and meddling on the part of management. This is merely a smokescreen and cover-up to hide personal agendas and vendettas.

"The real cover-up is how these people have been hiding behind these issues," said Mrs. McCaw. "Our paper's journalistic standards have been in place for more than 100 years and will continue to be as long as I own this newspaper," she added.

The News-Press also rejects any allegations that the community is not supportive or that there are subscription cancellations. The paper has received hundred of letters, phone calls and e-mails of support. Subscriptions are up and advertising is strong. Clearly, the Teamsters' "yellow card" boycott is a complete failure.

Mrs. McCaw continued, "The only tragedy here is that a number of employees have been misled by a few. The vast majority of our employees is happy and has chosen to remain with the paper. Many of our employees are angry at the Teamsters' attempts to denigrate and injure the paper.

"Further attempts at Teamster extortion will not be tolerated. We are fully committed to protecting the livelihoods of our loyal News-Press employees. The paper will continue to publish daily, long after this campaign is a distant memory."

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's good to see the Union Thugs take it on the chin!

8/14/2006 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hope the NP wins this one. The Unions support afforable housing, and we don't want any more development.

8/14/2006 8:26 PM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

Yet again, the motivations are more obvious how people who gots theirs are groping for any justification to support the journalistic integrity into the sewer all to keep up their property values and personal financial gains.

8/15/2006 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

or just plain save the community from ruin, which will happen if we allow any more growth.

8/15/2006 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unions exist to protect the workers from management. They exist to create a "level playing field" so the two parties can reach fair and honourable agreements. In this case, management won. History is always written by the winners and always includes denigrating the losers! (You wouldn't want the readers of history to think the losers may have had a good case?)

Forcing the union supporters to quit and not allowing the new hires to vote on the union issue is simply a way to cement the win. Besides, how many people will really want to read a plantation paper?

8/25/2006 9:29 AM  

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