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Posted on February 12 at 10:29 p.m.

Greg, sadly, Wendy isn't in the humanity business. As long as she can pay her lawyers to keep justice at bay and hope to thwart and frustrate her former and current staff -- even at the cost of her and their ethics -- she will. At least so far. Ultimately, that attrition strategy will fail, and time is in the final analysis not on her side. But her extraordinary resources free her to be less fair, rational or just for far longer than most.

On Court Hears Jerry Roberts Case

Posted on February 10 at 9:45 p.m.

$900,000.00 is the correct number.

On Court Hears Jerry Roberts Case

Posted on February 10 at 6:15 a.m.

Bimbo, the controversy surrounding the authority of the current NLRB members appointed at recess by the president last month does not affect the validity of the Board's decision issued last August, which is now on appeal at the DC Circuit. The delay continues, but there is hope for positive results by the end of the year. This delay -- exacerbated by the dysfunction in Washington -- is one of the major weaknesses in labor law, fully exploited by the ethically-challenged labor lawyers who work for Wendy.

On Court Hears Jerry Roberts Case

Posted on July 31 at 4:20 p.m.

This rally wasn't about calling McCaw names. It was a reminder to all that justice hasn't been served, and in effect has been denied to date, yet the people most involved remain hopeful that that will change. There is ongoing injury to the employees --those who are still working there but are denied the voice in their workplace they voted for through pervasive McCaw unfair labor practices, and those who were fired illegally -- and to the community and general public as well, which has a stake in the enforcement of federal labor law. McCaw's editorial stances are beside the point, other than the fact that her anti-union rants on her editorial page also infect her internal labor relations policy and practice. But she, no less than any employer who doesn't run a newspaper, has to obey the law of the land. When she acts on that obligation, this dispute will be over. But not until then.

On Rally Marks Year Five of <em>News-Press</em> Mess

Posted on July 27 at 12:34 p.m.

And the battle for fairness and decent treatment for the newsroom continues; McCaw has spent millions on union busters and managers to make cynical dishonest arguments, tell lies, and delay justice and a fair contract.

There is a rally at De La Guerra tomorrow at noon to remember the last five years and renew resolve to make progress and achieve justice. Hope to see you there!

On Is Murdoch the World's McCaw?

Posted on November 2 at 6:16 a.m.

Jukin, The bailout of the automakers -- not the UAW -- saved hundreds of thousands of jobs, and at great sacrifice by the union's members. And it has helped turn the American auto industry around.

Funny how Bush seems to have disappeared from view -- would that it were true -- in 2006, as he continued to poorly conduct two wars and preside over billionaire tax cuts. This is a silly analysis that simply doesn't pass the smell test. Have some Kool-aid on the house.

On Dog Food Sandwich and a Bean Pie

Posted on October 27 at 7:38 a.m.

Jukin, how soon we forget whose hand was on the flush handle. Repubs have taken full advantage of their strategy of having wrecked the economy and then standing idly by while the Dems try to pass sufficient stimulus to fix it. The Repubs engineered the bank bailout on their way out the door, and most economists thought the stimulus that was passed would do just what it has done: create enough jobs and incentives to avoid a Depression, but not quite pull us out of the recession. People like you like to throw around loaded inaccuracies like "socialist", but what we have is socialism for the rich and privileged like Watson and others, while the rest of us suffer with capitalism's survival of the fittest.

On Dog Food Sandwich and a Bean Pie

Posted on October 22 at 7:53 a.m.

People don't stop having rights as employees once they sign up to work for a newspaper. Wendy and Arthur would like to return to the days of serfdom, but workers have the right to organize, even in a newsroom. And the newsroom employees have the right to protect their personal and journalistic integrity, as well as their economic well-being. This is not a country or a civilization where the only option when faced with bad corporate management is to quit. Another legally-protected and honorable option is to organize. It is the owners' paper, but they have to accommodate the workers' rights, until they figure out how to write every article, and then publish it, all by themselves. Who would want to read that?

It's kind of like professional athletes organizing -- the team owners "own" the team, but until the owners get out on the field and throw and hit 95-mph fastballs and the fans come out to see them do it, they'd better respect the players' rights to demand better conditions.

On Fired <em>News-Press</em>ers Don't Get Jobs Back, Yet

Posted on October 8 at 5:02 a.m.

"Tis always the rank and file who get the blame and the ax at the News-Press, regardless of who else up the ladder might in reality share responsibility, for errors of commission or omission. Take, for example, Scott Steepleton. He fired Melinda Burns, according to him, in part because of alleged "bias" in an article she wrote that he edited and in which he admittedly found no bias prior to publication (until McCaw told him to find some, evidently, after the fact). Of course, the reality is that he fired Burns because of her union advocacy and had to compile a bunch of lies and distortions to justify "his" decision. And in the most recent NLRB trial, Steepleton lied about a non-existent conversation he claimed to have had with Burns long after he fired her! The Judge in the case found him to be a liar for the third time in three stints on the witness stand in three different NLRB cases. Yet, he continues his illustrious career writing one-sided "news" articles about local politics -- sensitively attuned to coordinate with the editorial page -- that would get many N-P reporters fired, if one-sidedness meant what it says, instead of meaning, as it does at the N-P, that it's OK to favor the side its owners are on.

On When Ann Met Jerry in Cuba

Posted on June 16 at 7:15 a.m.

Or publicly spanked.

On Judge Rules Against <em>News-Press</em> Again

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