Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Thursday, March 26, 2009

NLRB Files More Charges Against the News-Press

Craig Smith thinks his son may graduate college before the labor situation over at the News-Press is settled. I hate to say I agree. This week, the National Labor Relations Board filed more charges against the newspaper.

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Blogger Don McDermott said...

Bobby Jindal said "Americans Can Do Anything." So inspiring, so simple and so untrue when we don't "Obey The Law."

3/26/2009 8:03 AM  
Anonymous Seen enough said...

Don McD, I agree. That is the major flaw with the Repubs and Chamber of Commerce types who oppose the Employee Free Choice Act. If employers hadn't destroyed the labor law system with lawyer and unionbuster games, there would be no need for reform, and perhaps no need to rebuild the middle class. There simply aren't tools in the box to handle a determined wealthy scofflaw employer like Wendy McCaw.

3/26/2009 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Calling Cappello said...

I suspect Wendy McCaw believes that she's "Above the Law."

3/26/2009 2:50 PM  
Anonymous King of all Media said...

Forrest Gump's mother said, "Stupid is as stupid does."

So true as it applies to how the Santa Barbara News-Press owner and her co-publisher are running the paper into the ground by repeatedly breaking labor laws and losing legal battles.

What's the saying that if you do the same thing over and over, you can expect the same results?

The only ones benefiting from this stupidity are the attorneys, who are in a windtunnel machine scooping up all the $100 bills that Wendy McCaw is frivolously feeding it, and greedily stuffing these greenbacks into their bottomless pockets.

McCaw would have better odds and luck in Vegas feeding slot machines. At least she'd have a chance to win!

Meanwhile, will the News-Press ever be a winning newspaper again? Hang on, everyone, and tune in during upcoming NLRB hearings.

3/26/2009 5:39 PM  
Anonymous Get a life said...

Yes, this is just blood sport for Wendy, if an expensive one. But it's sad that she finds paying lawyers to do combat and hurt her employees more entertaining and satisfying than just kicking back and imbibing expensive wine and champagne (and bottled water!), luxuriating in her ranch, traveling on a whim, accepting the plaudits of her paid sycophants and otherwise lording it over the rest of the poor saps around her. She's just not a happy human, but not one to be pitied.

3/26/2009 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Don't hold your breath said...

1000 days down and 4000 days to go until this is settles.
Are the terminated reporters still holding their breath?

HA! I told you so.

Hells going to freeze over before anyone beats Wendy.

Go Wendy!!! the community is behind you all the way!!!

3/27/2009 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Oxygen said...

Don't hold your breath, you're cheering on a bully with no ethics, morals or scruples, whose sheer financial resources enable her to continue to defy the law and equity. Eventually even that formula will collapse, and she has paid some of the pipers already -- Sue Paterno, for one. Soon, Jerry Roberts will be another. Eventually, the people she's treated most harshly -- her own employees -- will share in the celebration.

3/28/2009 1:21 AM  
Anonymous Peter Pan said...

Can you imagine what going back to work for Wendy would be like for the terminated writers, because one consequence is she still has total control over their work product, and they can no longer claim she is interfering with their unionizing efforts when tells them to shape up, or else.

They will get canned so fast unless they transform themselves immediately into little Wendy drones, which most likely exceeds their personality attributes.

At least one duct tape chix will have to wash her potty mouth out with soap daily. And another will have to stop writing all her off topic bleeding heart articles. And the rest will have to stop stabbing the owner in the back. This could be fun to watch them grovel for their jobs.

Sure, get a court to force them to get their jobs back and then frog-march them out the door legally once they put their annoying, contentless, liberal, biased pens to their writing pads and try and turn it in for a salary.

3/28/2009 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Cranky is as crank does said...

Peter, your ignorance of the law and the facts is boundless. There is a difference between controlling the product (which management does) and being part of the writing process (which the newsroom employees do, by virtue of how reporting works). We will see whether Wendy tries to make life miserable for the nine illegally fired writers, but she has no more right now to fire them because of their union support and activity than she did when she illegally fired them.

And of course, you've "forgotten", as Wendy's representatives tend to do, the fact that six of the original eight fired reporters were not fired for alleged bias, but clearly for engaging in protected activity, and with the other two, the allegations of "bias" were pretextual.

3/30/2009 6:22 AM  
Anonymous AN50 ( aka ETTAG) said...

Don't hold your breath.

4/09/2009 1:15 PM  

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