More Labor Unrest At KDNA/Yakima
December 11, 2009 at 5:56 AM (PT)
The staff at NORTHWEST COMMUNITIES EDUCATION CENTER Spanish Variety noncommercial KDNA/YAKIMA, WA is in turmoil for the second time this year, with several staffers staging a sit-in in a community room at the station and refusing to leave to protest Executive Director MARIA FERNANDEZ's management and "unfair" firing of employees. The station remains on the air, but the YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC reports that former staffers and protestors showed up for a board meeting at the station and have yet to leave, saying that they'll stay until their demands are met.
FERNANDEZ said that the protestors are former employees who "can't let go" and her opponents are sexist and unwilling to accept changes like reaching out to second-generation Mexicans, streaming programs online and monitoring employees more closely. She also told NBC affiliate KNDO-KNDU that the protestors are being led by a TEAMSTERS chapter trying to unionize the staff.