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Another one bites the dust in SB

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SportsGuyBCK, May 5, 2008.

  1. SportsGuyBCK

    SportsGuyBCK Active Member

    From today's CraigSmithsBlog.com ... is there anyone left at the Santa Barbara News-Press?

    The layoffs continued on Friday when sportswriter Kyle Jahner was given his walking papers.

    That particular firing did not sit well with the Teamster's Union. Jahner was a "temporary" employee at the paper and the Union claims temporary employees are entitled to Union protection because they are doing the work of union members, and were hired as "temps" by the News-Press in order to to keep the union bargaining unit artificially small.

    On Friday, former News-Press reporter Dawn Hobbs, who is a member of the union's negotiating team, had this to say:

    The remaining News-Press employees have been working in a climate of horrendous fear the last two days. Everyone is stunned, stressed out -- and now, once again, constantly looking over their shoulder. No one inside is buying the company’s line that the union should be faulted for the lay-offs. They know this entire issue could have been settled a long time ago. Wendy McCaw has had to spend tons of money because she is violating the law and because she’s vindictively attacking her perceived enemies with her lawyers.
  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    They've been in a climate of horrendous fear for just two days? I would think two years is more like it.

    I feel bad for everyone who has to work under such conditions.
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