NLRB Rejects Charge Filed by Santa Barbara Paper

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The National Labor Relations Board on Friday dismissed a charge filed by the Santa Barbara News-Press that claimed union officials had coerced newsroom employees before a recent election.

The board?s regional director, James McDermott, said in a letter to the newspaper?s attorney that an investigation did not reveal wrongdoing by the Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

The newspaper filed the objection in August, claiming the Teamsters union used the Santa Barbara News-Press name and trademark in campaign materials to falsely create the impression that management endorsed organizing activities.

A spokeswoman for News-Press owner Wendy McCaw said the newspaper?s attorneys are considering whether to appeal.

Last month, employees voted 33-6 to join the union. Newspaper management filed another complaint with the NLRB, arguing the union?s conduct and strategies had affected the outcome.

Teamsters attorney Ira Gottleib said he was confident those charges would also be dismissed.

The News-Press is a 41,000-circulation daily. It has about 50 newsroom employees among a 206-person work force.

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