against its Workers
section contains documents demonstrating the new adversarial attitude toward
workers, both union and non-union, typified by the Scott administration.
Workers at KPFA, Berkeley; WBAI, New York and KPFK, Los Angeles are represented
by the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America(UE). The
Pacifica National News Bureau is represented by AFTRA, the American Federation
of Television and Radio Artists. All other workers are non-union.
National Labor Relations Board Cases
than $60,000 spent
- New info from WBAI
UE steward, as of November 1996, Pacifica management has spent over $60,000
to fight its workers
Report on Union Busting
- This report, by a
former KPFK UE steward, first documented the use of American Consulting
Group against workers---released May 1996.
- A partial list of
American Consulting Group Clients---taken from a video tape promoting their
- An image of National
Labor Relations Board correspondence documenting Pacifica's connection
with the American Consulting Group.
- An image of a page
from an ACG publication "Understanding and Defeating the Union Health Care
Organizer"---it makes clear the type of services ACG provides.
- An image of a page
of an AFL-CIO union-busters report on ACG.
- U.S. government statistics
from the Department of Labor, showing levels at which ACG has been compensated.
- Transcript of an ACG
promotional video --or
- Eyewitness account
of ACG tactics by Fred Hirsch, an organizer with the Teamsters/TomaTek
campaign in California.
NLRB files complaint
against Pacifica for Unfair Labor Practices - Press
Release from UE local 404 at WBAI and text
of the complaint 5/19/99
of WBAI filed a motion in May, 1996 to have its unpaid staff excluded from
the union, as well as any staff member with financial responsibilities.
UE also has a
current unfair labor practice charge pending against WBAI/ Pacifica.
Click here for more info on NLRB
Staff Letter - 1/95
- Sent to the Pacifica
National Board and Pat Scott. 60 staff, paid and unpaid, demanded the re-instatement
of Mary Fowler, Assistant General Manager of KPFK , Jan 19, 1995. Also,
a narrative of the board response, and the answer, by Pacifica Boad Chair,
"Sick-out" Press Release - 4/95
- On May 4, 1995,
KPFK's collective bargaining unit and unpaid staff (not in the CBU at that
station) caught the "24 hour progressive flu" to protest staff layoffs.
Local 1412 - 8/96
- Workers reaffirm
their solidarity and challenge management's denials regarding union busting
- KPFK's UE rep
rebukes KPFK manager Mark Schubb for threatening to "ban" him, August 1996.
Coast to Coast, the hallmark of the new Pacifica is the contemptuous treatment
of staff, whether paid or unpaid.
Contract Negotiations at WBAI - From the WBAI Union Page (updated as needed)
"Contract From Hell"
- This is the proposal
from management, written by union busters, which would exclude most of
the union members, prohibit labor actions and make grievances more costly.
This version was submitted at KPFK, Los Angeles.
KPFK's Long Standing
- Terminated by management
in September 1995.
Union's Recent Proposal
- In contrast to the
"contract from hell".
- It has since expired
and been terminated by management. They have presented workers with another
version of "The Contract from Hell," which rolls back worker rights and
participation, including the attempt to remove many of workers from the
CBU, create special classes of workers, forbid labor actions or discussion
of labor matters -- the whole stinking pile.
Stewards memo to the CBU
- an analysis of the
management proposal, why it should be rejected (it was) 7/30/97
Workers Sign Divisive Contract -- Lay-off's Follow
- Samuel Guia reports
latest developments. He was Chief Steward at KPFA and resigned in protest
when paid KPFA workers signed contract excluding the unpaid staff - 9/15/97
- Link to WBAI's Union
negotiation updates at WBAI
1996 Pacifica Employee Handbook
- this exemplifies the
new corporate attitude.
Notorious "Strip Search" Handbook
- This was a proposed
earlier draft which came out in February 1995. When it became public it
caused such controversy that it was even mentioned in Alexander Cockburn's
Beat the Devil column. It was
repudiated by Pacifica management which made various denials that included
the statement that it hadn't been read by anyone. It was certainly edited
by at least one person in the Pacifica National Office, as the text shows.
We have put "draft"all over it for the sake of accuracy.
Some of the "lowlights"-----
in the Workplace
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