Craig Smith hops all over this. Good news for the fired and current News-Press employees fighting to receive the representation they need in the battle against Mrs. McCaw.
From the decision:
“DECISION AND CERTIFICATION OF REPRESENTATIVE”
“The National labor Relations Board, by a three-member panel, has considered objections to an election held on September 27, 2006, and the administrative law judge’s report recommending disposition of them….
“The Board has review the record in light of the exceptions and briefs, has adopted the judge’s findings and recommendations, and finds that a certification of representative should be issued.” The whole PDF is linked at Craig Smith’s blog.
I think I hear a supressed giggle in the written decision when the three-judge panel mentions:
“In its exceptions, the [News-Press] reiterates its argument that certain ‘blog comments’rose to the level of ‘inflammatory attacks on management’ warranting the setting aside of the election. The judge found, and we agree, that this contention was not timely raised, stating: ‘The assertion that this election should be overturned because of largely anonymous commentary about the [News-Press’s] executives is clearly not encompassed in any of the objections.’”
The United States Government has come down on the side of the current and former News-Press employees in the first impartially judged stage of the collective bargaining process.
Next up: how will the the News-Press present this bit of news?
Coverage of Judge Schmidt's recommendations which preceded this decision are available here.