Pressmen's Union Plans Protest against 'L.A. Times'

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Pressmen's Union Plans Protest against 'L.A. Times'


Strupp, Joe, Editor & Publisher


Unionized pressroom employees at the Los Angeles Times, who ratified their first contract just last December, are claiming unfair and even retaliatory treatment from management, and are planning a Monday rally outside the paper to protest.

"This rally is to protest and bring the public's attention to therecent announcement of mass layoffs and other flagrant anti-union tactics that management has used against us since we voted to ratify an employment contract in December," an announcement from the Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 140-N states.

"In response to us exercising our federally protected rights to organize our pressrooms, management has retaliated by intimidating, unjustly disciplining and spying on union members; demoting union members for supporting the union; and, threatening to lay off 63 full-time pressroom employees, thus potentially creating an unsafe and demoralized work environment.

"Our union lawyers have recently filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board requesting that it prosecute the company for using these tactics against the hard-working men and women of our pressrooms. …

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