Officials from the newspaper guild filed a complaint with the NLRB when the newspaper shut down two offices to avoid a union organizing vote and laid off eight employees, most of whom were known to be union supporters. A Board investigation found reasonable cause to pursue the case. The newspaper denies any wrongdoing and claims that the actions they took were for economic reasons only. There will be a hearing on July 21 at which time both sides can present their arguments.
See Annie Gowen And Amy Joyce, The Washington Post, June 2, 2003