SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Newsroom employees at the Santa Barbara News-Press have voted to cut ties with the Teamsters, the union that has represented them through years of legal struggles with management over control of the newspaper.
News-Press Director of Operations Don Katich said Friday the paper's lawyers notified the Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters that a majority of the small newsroom staff had signed a petition to withdraw the union's recognition.
Teamsters representatives had no immediate comment.
The newspaper scored a breakthrough in the long-running legal battle in December when a federal appeals court ruled in its favor and against reporters claiming they were fired over union activity. The court ruled that the publisher was within its rights to fire the employees.
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