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Staff Report: Labor charges against paper dismissed, withdrawn

January 25, 2007 7:28 AM

Two additional unfair labor charges against the News-Press have been dismissed or withdrawn.

A charge brought by the Graphic Communications Conference of the Teamsters that accused the paper of illegal surveillance of employees was dismissed, and the dismissal upheld by the appeals branch of the National Labor Relations Board. A charge related to alleged discrimination against employees was withdrawn.

In all, about nine of 14 charges brought against the paper have been dismissed or withdrawn.

"We're pleased that the board found that the News-Press had done nothing improper in so many of these instances," said Sandra McCandless, an attorney for the paper.

A charge filed by the paper regarding picketing by employees is expected to be dismissed today.

Newsroom employees voted 33-6 in September 2006 to be represented by the GCC.


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