Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Labor scores a rare victory in Supreme Court

Posted on Editor & Publisher.com
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court sided Monday with Detroit newspaper unions and employees who were fired for their actions during an 18-month strike in the mid-1990s.

Justices declined to hear the newspapers' appeal of a National Labor Relations Board ruling ordering the partnership that prints, distributes and sells advertising for the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press to reinstate fired employees.

The workers lost their job after the newspapers said they blocked entrances at a distribution facility and the Detroit News Building in violation of court orders during the strike that ran from July 1995 to February 1997.

The labor relations board determined that the employees had not engaged in misconduct, but were instead exercising their right to strike. It ordered the employees reinstated with backpay.
It will cost those smart bean-counters in the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press more to reinstate the fired workers than it would have cost to settle the strike.

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