WBAI leaflet at "Free the Media"
report by R. Paul Martin, Chief Steward. WBAI-FM, New York
The following is the text of the leaflet handed out on the steps of the Ethical Culture Society building on January 31, when the "Free the Media" conference was being held inside.
I was one of the people handing them out, and beter than 99% of the people going in took a leaflet (Mark Shubb did not take one). Some commented on how they were outraged by Pacifica/WBAI's actions agains the Union. Some who were learning about it all for the first time from the leaflet said they were disillusioned by what WBAI's Management was doing.
The actual leaflet was a bit more visually appealing than this
pure ASCII representation. The top was graphical and the leaflet was on
FREE OUR MEDIA!
Help Stop Union Busting at WBAI!
For almost ten months the Paid and Unpaid Staff at WBAI-FM have been struggling against WBAI Management in an effort of preserve our Union (UE Local 404) and get a fair Contract. Under orders from the Pacifica Foundation, which owns WBAI, Management has gone to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in an effort to remove the Unpaid Staff, 90% of the Collective Bargaining Unit, from Union protection.
WBAI Management has been using delaying tactics and refusing to bargain. For these reasons the Union has filed Unfair Labor Practice charges with the NLRB against WBAI Management.
Pacifica/WBAI Management has:
Where have the media watchdogs been while Pacifica tries to turn the Pacifica network into mainstream corporate media?
Raise your voice! Help free WBAI!
Call WBAI General Manager Valerie Van Isler: 212-279-0707
Call Pacifica Executive Director Pat Scott: 510-428-9196