Newsroom employees at the Santa Barbara News-Press voted overwhelmingly today to be represented by the Graphics Communications Conference of the Teamsters Union.
The employees, engaged in a months-long public battle with News-Press owner and co-publisher Wendy P. McCaw over journalistic ethics and independence, voted 33-6 to join the union, according to a source who declined to be identified.
A spokesperson for the employees and the union was not immediately available for comment on the results.
The election was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.
More than 20 news staff members at the paper have quit on been fired since early July. The journalists have charged that McCaw, who bought the newspaper five years ago, has meddled in newsroom operations.
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