Let the nail biting begin. Newsroom employees of the Bay Area Newspaper Group-East Bay - aka BANG-EB - head to the makeshift polls today to vote on unionization. A simple majority will decide the outcome.
*Results should be available at 7 p.m. on the papers' Web sites.
The election has been hotly contested. Group publisher John Armstrong went so far as set up an internal Web site to knock down pro-union arguments. One of his most ardent anti-union supporters was business reporter George Avalos. To get an idea of the level of distrust here, read what he had to say on June 3 in a response to another comment on the internal Web site: