NLRB Rules in Favor of NewsGuild

Last week, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) court ruled in favor of the NewsGuild-Pacific Media Workers Guild and against San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst management in a case where the Chronicle attempted to restrict union representatives from visiting the workplace and talking to union members. The Pacific Media Workers Guild represents 160 Chronicle employees.

In the ruling, Administrative Law Judge Gerald M. Etchingham found that the company's actions restricting union representatives' access were an "unfair labor practice" that was "unlawfully…discriminatory" and "retaliation" against the union representatives.

Etchingham ordered the company to rescind the access ban (which it already has) and post a notice announcing the ruling, physically and electronically, for 60 days.