NLRB upholds newspaper layoffs

The Contra Costa Times reports that the National Labor Relations Board has dismissed the Guild’s complaint that three employees were wrongfully laid off because of their union activities. The Oakland office of the NLRB ruled in December that the company was within its rights to fire Sara Steffens, Rebecca Rosen Lum, and Geoff Lepper. Now the NRLB’s national office has upheld that decision and rejected arguments to the contrary from the union. Steffens, who had just been elected union chair

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MediaNews replaces John Armstrong

John Armstrong, publisher of the MediaNews Group papers in the East Bay including the Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune, has been replaced by a Mercury News circulation executive, David Rounds. Armstrong (pictured), 65, said that his bosses “concluded that I didn’t have the skill set that really was a good fit for the company as it moves forward,” according to a report in the Contra Costa Times. Armstrong is a 45-year veteran of the news business who came to

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