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Date: Nov. 1998
Publisher: Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism
Document Type: Article
Length: 566 words

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Before the ink could dry on the National Labor Relations Board's ruling in the long-running Detroit Newspapers labor dispute, appeals were filed that may take months to resolve. "The courts have busy dockets," says William Schaub, NLRB regional director in Detroit. "A year would not surprise me." After that, a decision handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals could even go to the U.S. Supreme Court, a step that can last years.

Nonetheless, the August 27 decision brought the three-year-old dispute a giant step closer to its finale. The five-member NLRB unanimously found the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press guilty of unfair labor practices, ranging from illegal implementation of merit pay proposals prior to the strike to a failure to offer reinstatement to workers after it ended.

And while corporations may permanently replace workers who strike over economic issues,...

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