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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Top Union Organizer for 'Santa Barbara News-Press' Fired

NEW YORK The top union organizer at the Santa Barbara News-Press, who was among those responsible for the newsroom's recent vote for representation by a Teamsters affiliate, was fired on Friday, according to union leaders who today filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.

Melinda Burns, a 21-year veteran of the embattled paper, becomes the 28th newsroom staffer to leave the daily during the recent labor unrest, which began with a massive editorial resignation on July 6. Those initial departures, which included former editor Jerry Roberts, were sparked by alleged newsroom meddling by owner Wendy McCaw.

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