Magazine article Editor & Publisher


Magazine article Editor & Publisher


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Sorry, but the Associated Press ("Stop Dissing the AP," May E&P, p. 16) is a big part of the problem, and here's why: Back in the dark ages, we needed a service like the AP to be the intermediary to pass and distribute content along and, where necessary, report. Modern communications has eliminated that need.

Now the AP has become directly competitive to newspapers. It is a huge newsgathering organization now, and some would say has become a monopoly that exists not for the benefit of the members but for its own benefit.

It's time for something other than the AP to come around. Newspapers are better off with a cheaper, more direct alternative -- and someone out there is sure to be able to provide it.

William Dodd

Via e-mail


I'm sure Bill Schurgin is a very nice guy one-on-one, but I don't think that's sufficient reason to give him an unrebutted platform to pontificate about the Employee Free Choice Act ("New Law Would Encourage organizing," April E&P, p. 9). Moreover, Mr. Schurgin's personal virtues notwithstanding, his employer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, is among the leaders in what is euphemistically known as the "union avoidance" business.

As a result, Schurgin is allowed to perpetuate the myth that the Act would eliminate the option of secret ballots in an organizing campaign. He frets that reaching a collective bargaining agreement through arbitration can be "time-consuming," without any acknowledgment that 44% of all newly organized unions never get a first contract because of employer intransigence most of the time, under the tutelage of companies like Seyfarth Shaw. Most ironically, he warns that unions "have learned to use the media" -- this in a magazine that allows his views to go unexamined and unchallenged.

Schurgin's agenda is clearly on display when he observes that if the Employee Free Choice Act passes, "If there are 10 employees on that loading dock, and the [union organizer] got six of them to sign authorization cards, they could organize those 10 employees." The horror! Yet as that remark clearly underscores, what's really at stake is not a concern for employee welfare as much as it is a rabid desire to keep unions out of the workplace. …

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