News-Mess gets messier

The National Labor Relations Board plans to take action against Wendy McCaw's Santa Barbara News-Press for illegally firing seven staffers who backed the newsroom union drive, and also will refer the News-Mess case to Washington for an injunction against any further employment mischief, the Santa Barbara Media Blog says. Filing of the unfair-labor practice complaint comes a day after the NLRB upheld the union vote by remaining workers at the McCaw paper. The NLRB report almost mocks some of the claims made by McCaw's side that staffers acted in a threatening manner toward her, and also reveals that newsroom survivors first met with the Teamsters union just hours after popular editor Jerry Roberts and city editor Jane Hulse were escorted from the premises last July. McCaw has claimed the entire controversy in Santa Barbara is union orchestrated.

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