Walter Mencken 7 p.m., Dec. 10
Union Charges U-T Owner with Unlawful Surveillance
Local 546-M of the Graphic Communications Conference of the Teamsters union yesterday (Feb. 24) filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board over activities of Platinum Equity, Beverly Hills-based owner of the Union-Tribune. According to the complaint, union members on both Feb. 22 and 23 went to Platinum's office to pass out handbills to the public, informing it of the union's longstanding grievances. According to the complaint, a security guard took pictures of the members and and pointed to a security camera in the bushes and said "We are keeping an eye on you." The union says that "deliberate and targeted photographing and videotaping" of union members under such circumstances constitutes unlawful surveillance. I asked for comment from both Platinum and the U-T, but neither responded after a considerable time. If they get back, I will post their comment.