NLRB Rules on Santa Barbara Paper: Bad-Faith Bargaining

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NLRB Rules on Santa Barbara Paper: Bad-Faith Bargaining


Strupp, Joe, Editor & Publisher


The National Labor Relations Board has found that the Santa Barbara News-Press is bargaining in bad faith and will take the case to an administrative law judge, according to the union that filed the charge.

The move follows a charge filed in May by the Graphics Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which has been representing News-Press newsroom employees since 2006.

"After the News-Press stalled the first day of bargaining for over a year through legal maneuvering, the parties first met to negotiate in November, 2007," the union stated in a release that said the NLRB general counsel had informed them of the pending complaint. "The News-Press conducted itself at the table as if the Union had not won the right to bargain, seeking to maintain the pre-union status quo in its bargaining positions and to avoid agreement, while doing what it could, lawfully or otherwise, to frustrate the newsroom employees hoping for workplace improvement through negotiation of a contract."

News-Press officials could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday. The NLRB has not set a hearing date for the latest complaint.

Tony Bisceglia, assistant to the regional NLRB director in Los Angeles, said no formal complaint had been issued. But he said parties in the cases are often informed that one is pending.

"We will generally tell parties at a certain point in the investigation, but not tell the press," he said, declining to say if that had occurred in this case. …

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