The Mountain Xpress announced today that it has settled a labor dispute that was pending before the National Labor Relations Board. You can read the background here on the labor disputes, which involve former Xpress reporters David Forbes and Max Cooper.
The charge regarding David Forbes’ termination was dismissed by the NLRB after a full investigation in which it found insufficient evidence to conclude that Forbes was terminated because of his union or other protected activities. Xpress terminated Forbes in April for taking copyrighted material belonging to Xpress and self-publishing it without authorization, and for publishing disloyal and damaging comments about Xpress, the publisher and the managing editor while employed by Xpress.
To resolve issues surrounding Cooper’s separation from Xpress, the paper entered into a confidential monetary settlement with Cooper and the union in which none of parties admitted to any wrongdoing and the union agreed to withdraw its charges.
Xpress resolved the other allegations regarding its handbook and an alleged unlawful statement by agreeing to modify provisions in its handbook and disseminating an official notice to its employees detailing their rights under federal law and the company’s commitment to those rights.
“Affirming and clarifying worker rights is good policy,” Mountain Xpress Publisher Jeff Fobes said.
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