I have been fired from Mountain Xpress. On April 17, I received a letter in my mailbox notifying me that I was terminated from my job as senior news reporter.
I had been suspended since April 4, following efforts to push for a union at Xpress and bring to light major issues with ethics and working conditions. This includes the Communications Workers of America filing a National Labor Relations Board charge on April 2 concerning ongoing retaliation.
Thanks to everyone who has supported the union drive. It is far from over.
On a personal note, I would like to thank the many people in Asheville who have supported my work, helping to inform the public for nearly seven years as a reporter at Xpress.
I have no regrets, and hope to continue serving and informing the community in whatever way I can.
This is, at its heart, an amazing city. We all deserve better.
Forbes’ termination follows his effort to unionize Xpress employees, and follows a complaint issued against Xpress by the National Labor Relations Board. Forbes took to Twitter to announce that the NLRB had registered a complaint in the firing of former photographer Max Cooper, detailed here: Mountain Xpress photog to editor: Xpress is bleeding. Forbes has been an Xpress reporter for nearly seven years.
Forbes also recently created his own blog to publish a Mountain Xpress story he said had been unduly delayed by his publisher and editor.