Monday, March 12, 2007

The NLRB Levels a Message for the Mess Age

As you probably have heard, the NLRB ruling is out and the score is Journalists 4, Wendy and crew 0, zip, nada, zilch, the big goose egg. That means management has to come to the table and bargain with employees, but, of course, that can be a folding card table now, as Wendy has fired most of the journalists and editors or made it impossible for them to work for her and look in the mirror (unless one has to look at a bank account even smaller than one's soul--yes, that's what it means when one blithely says, "It's her business, she can do what she wants with it").

Of course there's still room for an appeal, and knowing Wendy, nothing will stop her, even a 22-page ruling in which all her arguments get called legal poppycock and phrases like "totally illogical" and "extreme embellishments" get leveled at her hench-people. As long as there's a lawyer who will cash her checks...and I can hear you laughing already, so I won't finish the thought.

You owe it to yourself to read the entire 22-page PDF, not only to see that a judge might as well be a blogger (Starshine "Rochelle"? c'mon, if you take weeks to make a decision, check your spelling), but for sweetly underwritten nuggets like:

SBNP's publicist characterized these legally protected activities as an "all out war."

(As Groucho would say to dear publicist Agnes, "You can leave in a taxi. Or you can leave in a huff.")

And then there's this fine series of sentences:

The Employer's arguments also assume that the unit employees absorbed every word on every blog like a sponge. That assumption also has no evidentiary support at all. Morevoer, it appears that a certain amount of the third party vilification suffered by News-Press' executives since June would have occurred even in the absence of a union representation campaign.

If only people absorbed INTOBB like a sponge. We can't even get anyone to take us intravenously. But I do know even without the Teamsters, I'd be more than up for third party vilification. In fact, I'm planning on third party vilifying like it's 1999.



Blogger Queen Whackamole said...

Sweetly uderwritten indeed!

11:39 AM  
Blogger George said...

I guess I can blog till the cows come home...I fixed "uder" in the original post.

10:14 PM  
Blogger George said...

I'm also going to market a new snack craze that willl sweep the nation: Udder Nuggets!

10:44 PM  

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