WOODLAND HILLS : Daily News Ordered to Pay Merit Raises

The National Labor Relations Board has ordered the Daily News of Los Angeles to pay former and current editorial employees merit raises that were suspended in 1989 when the union representing the workers began its first contract negotiations with the Woodland Hills-based newspaper.

The order resulted from a complaint filed by the Los Angeles Newspaper Guild with the NLRB, accusing the Daily News of unfair labor practices. In its original order in August, 1991, the NLRB said that the Daily News violated labor law by discontinuing the merit raises without bargaining to an agreement with the union.

The Daily News appealed, and the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. told the NLRB to reconsider its decision. But on Dec. 30, the board upheld its earlier order and said the Daily News must pay an unspecified amount in retroactive merit raises to the newsroom workers.

The NLRB said it will soon send a letter to the Daily News, giving it about 20 days to comply with the order. Daily News President and Chief Executive Larry T. Beasley could not be reached for comment.

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