Newspaper Guild Wins Ruling from Labor Board
Byline: CHRISTIAN WIHTOL Register-Guard Business Editor
A federal labor judge has ruled against Guard Publishing Co., publisher of The Register-Guard, and in favor of one of the newspaper's labor unions in a dispute over commissions for advertising sales workers.
Judge Jay Pollack, an administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board, ruled on June 27 that Guard Publishing violated the National Labor Relations Act by changing advertising sales commissions for the newspaper and implementing sales commissions for the newspaper's Web site without first bargaining on these issues with The Eugene Newspaper Guild, which represents ad sales workers.
The newspaper needs to bargain with the union on these topics, Pollack said in a six-page ruling.
Pollack's decision is the latest twist in a multiyear struggle between the guild and the newspaper that has centered on negotiating a new labor contract. The sides have been unable to reach agreement after more than three years of bargaining.
The newspaper disagrees with Pollack and is reviewing all options, said Cynthia Walden, The Register-Guard's human resources director.
Guild President Adele Berlinski lauded Pollack's ruling.
"We're very pleased that once again a judge has sided with the union," she said. …