How the NLRB Hurts Small Business

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The future of a Charleston, SC small business, Dunhill Staffing Systems, is in doubt because of the NLRB’s unprecedented application of labor regulations.

  1. Dan, I think you have half of the right equation here. Let’s take Marty Baron’s estiamte that a Web-only major metro could afford to employ only 20 or 30 people as true. The plain truth is, that’s all you need. The major metro of the future will *only* cover the major metro. No foreign news. No movie reviews. No Washington news. Not much regional or business news, either. Boston, Cambridge, the wealthy burbs, and sports that’s all.Because, really, why *would* that major metro want to cover global or national news? The reader can get better news on those fronts straight from the source. I can read the Guardian in London, the South China Morning Post, the list is endless. In a world of fractured news, you only need to cover one particular fracture really, really well. And that doesn’t take many people. Leave it to the reader to pick up news from all the other fractures. That’s my biggest beef with the media industry these days: they keep refusing to acknowledge that large corporations are the *wrong structure* to survive in the Internet era. Media moguls of tomorrow will never conquer the new world. They will never make a fortune. But the clever people will conquer a small bit of territory, exist in confederation with other small players sitting on their own small territories, and be able to earn a decent living. That’s my bet.

  2. So maybe it’s different in small mtkreas. But for the Globe it seems part of the problem on the business side is that it’s not Standard Oil. There’s money to be made, but not enough to pay all the dividends and upper management pay to people who contribute nothing to the publication(s).That point’s been made before, but I think it’s relevant to the labor vs. management discussion. It’s simplistic, I know. And I also still say the Globe has made things worse by being such a mediocrity for the past 16 years or so. But all that traffic and all those readers and all those subcribers to the print edition have got to translate into enough ad money to keep the thing viable. Maybe it just isn’t the reliable cash cow the stockholders want it to be. And we don’t know, do we?And that’s not what the Times Co. wants anyone to think about as they prepare to sell.

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