Labor Strife Takes Noncomm Off The Air
May 18, 2009 at 5:11 AM (PT)
The staff at NORTHWEST COMMUNITIES EDUCATION CENTER Spanish Variety noncommercial KDNA/YAKIMA, WA has gone on strike to protest the firing of two staffers, and the station was off the air this weekend as a result.
The YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC reports that staffers upset with the firings, which they ascribe to the departed staffers' activity in attempting to form a union, picketed the station SATURDAY and attended a rally in GRANGER PARK, where attendees voiced concern that the internal troubles would threaten or change the station's programming.
Board member JORGE LOBOS told the paper, "People are saying we want to change the programming, and we haven't. They say we're trying to bring in 'educated' people to take over the station, which is just for the farm worker and that's just incredible. Are they against education?" He said that the station plans to resume programming MONDAY; the station is awaiting a NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD ruling on the firings.