Xpress Needs a Union

Mountain Xpress workers fight for our rights

Month: April, 2014

Union picket of Mountain Xpress May 2

The public is invited to join a picket organized by Communications Workers of America Local 3601 to support Mountain Xpress workers in their fight for better conditions, protest the firings of photographer Max Cooper and reporter David Forbes and call for respect for workers’ rights around Asheville. The picket is May 2 at 4 p.m. outside Xpress’ offices at 2 Wall St. in downtown Asheville.

I have been fired from Mountain Xpress

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.

—David Forbes