Compromise was the name of the game when Purple Communications and ASLIU negotiators met in San Francisco last Thursday after nearly four months away from the bargaining table.
The Detroit newspaper strike was not only one of the longest and largest strikes in history, it also marked the destruction of the negotiation table, argues Fordham University professor Chris Rhomberg.
ASLIU employees who struck Purple Communications for one day over alleged improper changes to the health-care plan were in the right according to the National Labor Relations Board.
Guild freelancer Steve Early weighs in on The Broken Table: The Detroit Newspaper Strike and the State of American Labor by Chris Rhomberg — an account of one of labor’s biggest media industry defeats in decades.
Purple Communications agreed to settle NLRB unfair labor practice cases in Colorado and Arizona. The Company allegedly disciplined workers for union activity and removed union materials from break rooms and community event bulletin boards.
The NLRB has issued a complaint charging Purple Communications with violating labor law at its Denver facility. The complaint involves multiple charges ranging from retaliation against union activists to failure to negotiate with the union.
Hawaii Tribune-Herald management opened talks by attacking union security and insisting on significant employee contributions toward health care with no pay increases.
Six years after illegally firing two reporters for union activity, management of the Hawaii Tribune-Herald this week sought relief from NLRB to reduce the amount of back pay it owes the wronged journalists.